What The Brandin Cooks Trade Means For Patriots

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Brandin Cooks. (Elsa/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Patriots shipped speedy vertical threat Brandin Cooks to the Rams with a fourth-round pick for the 23rd choice in this month's draft and a sixth-rounder.

New England's scheduled to pick at 23, 31, 43, 63, and 95. In the last three years combined--just one top-50 selection. Pats haven't drafted this high since taking Chandler Jones 21st in 2012.

Cooks had a mostly solid single season in Foxboro with 75 catches for 1,237 yards and seven touchdowns, including the playoffs. He led the team in targets and yards per reception but, a year out from free agency and due 8-point-5 million dollars, it became clear Bill Belichick didn't wish to sign the receiver long-term for maybe 14 million dollars annually.

So, a soon to be 41-year-old Tom Brady has a thinning depth chart with Cooks, Danny Amendola, and even Dion Lewis gone. The receivers include Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell--both coming off missed seasons--along with Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kenny Britt, and Phllip Dorsett. There's tight end Rob Gronkowski, too. Hopefully.

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What will the Pats do with all those picks? They could load up with young talent on rookie contracts--perhaps a top quarterback. Or, package picks for a star like Odell Beckham Junior.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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