2018 NFL Draft: Brandin Cooks Trade Shakes up the Los Angeles Rams Draft Plans

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 29: Brandin Cooks
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 29: Brandin Cooks /

It has been a very busy offseason for the Los Angeles Rams which has  used a lot of 2018 NFL Draft capital to acquire veteran talent.

The Los Angeles Rams offseason of wheeling and dealing continued yesterday when they landed Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots. This trade cost them their 1st round and 6th round pick, but also brought back a 4th rounder.

Los Angeles now sits without a 1st and 2nd round pick in the upcoming draft. They still have pick No. 87 (3rd Round), No. 111 (4th Round), #135 (4th), #136 (4th), No. 176 (6th Round), No. 183 (6th), No. 194 (6th) and No. 195 (6th).

Their multiple picks in the mid to later rounds will be important to add depth to the roster. Los Angeles needs to start preparing for a future where it will be tough to keep all this veteran talent in the mix.

Adding rookies to a roster are important because of their relatively low cost. The Rams have plenty of roster spots where they could use cost controlled rookies.

Cooks is a major addition to a team that needed another pass-catching option. He will provide a downfield threat and toughness. The Rams may also be more willing to give Cooks a new contract than they were with Sammy Watkins based on their health history.

It’s important to note that Cooks is still just 24-years old and still acceding as a player. This move is about both the short and long term.

However, it does come at a cost. Cooks will be a free agent after the year and will command a hefty new deal. Especially when you compare it to what a using their 1st round pick on a receiver would’ve cost.

The Rams are all in on this season and have put themselves in prime position to make a Super Bowl run.