What will the Patriots do with all those draft picks?

Clyde Nash
April 5, 2018

The move may come as a surprise to some - Cooks recorded 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns last season - but there are several positive implications for the Patriots.

With that in mind, it makes flawless sense for New England to plan ahead and it secured two more draft picks by trading Cooks to L.A. The five-time Super Bowl winners now have picks number 23 and 31 in the first round, number 43 and 63 in the second round, a third-round pick and two-sixth rounders and a seventh-round pick.

Brady turns 41 years old in August.

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And the Rams, of course, have perhaps the best player from that draft class, Aaron Donald, who needs to get paid, in addition to the best corner from the following year's draft, Marcus Peters, soon looking to cash in.

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks runs toward the goal line for a touchdown after catching a pass from Tom Brady during a game last season against Houston in Foxborough, Mass.

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks (14) walks off the field after being injured in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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The Patriots receiver depth chart now includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Kenny Britt and Malcolm Mitchell, with Rob Gronkowski at tight end. There are plenty of Day 1 options available: from Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield, to the intriguing Lamar Jackson, to the polarizing Josh Allen. With another first-round pick in their arsenal, the Patriots will certainly be a team to watch leading up to the draft, as they could go in multiple directions.

Garoppolo was not a top-of-the-draft quarterback. Trading up to get one of the draft's high-profile quarterbacks would not be particularly Patriots-like.

As for which players New England might be after this time around? Obviously the Patriots feel they can replace him.

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Do not fool yourself into believing the Patriots won't take a quarterback: they took Jimmy G high previously in the 2014 NFL Draft, and it looked like the timing for drafting and developing him was going to work out perfectly with the end of Brady's career. The defense was not exactly overwhelming last season, either. In a separate appearance on PFT Live, Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston suggested the Belichick may be eyeballing Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta. Belichick has given himself plenty of flexibility to bolster the roster in a number of different ways, whether that means using the picks on impact rookies, trading up to select a top prospect, trading down to accumulate more assets, or - the most proactive option - using them in a trade for a star.

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