The Giants reportedly want two first-round picks but might consider a first-round pick and a second- or third-round pick for Beckham, but that is nothing close to what the Patriots received for Cooks.
Belichick also holds three of the first 43 selections and four of the first 63 picks. But it's very obvious the Patriots are capable of inserting themselves into the quarterback discussion when draft day rolls around.
But the defending NFC West champion Rams made an aggressive offer to secure a potential No. 1 receiver and proven deep threat just three weeks after the departure of Sammy Watkins, who got a three-year, $48 million deal from the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. Secondly, Bill Belichick now owns two first and two second picks in 2018 with which to either load up on young talent, or potentially use as collateral to pull off a blockbuster deal for a bonafide star. Expected bounce-back seasons from receivers Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell, who both missed last season, may be part of Belichick's thinking, too.
- The Oregon State product is also one of just three players with 1,000 or more receiving yards and five-or-more receiving touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
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With the trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters coupled with the signings of All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in free agency, the Rams had already recorded one of the most aggressive National Football League offseasons to date.
New England gave up the 32nd overall pick and the 103rd overall pick in the deal. In the majority of Belichick and Brady's eight Super Bowl appearances, they competed with a wideout group similar, or inferior, to this one, so wide receiver doesn't exactly feel like a screaming need.
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The Rams will be without a first-round pick for the second consecutive year.
According to Schefter, New England began trade talks with L.A. after negotiations fell through with Cooks, who is owed $8.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract. The departure of Cooks means that the wide receiver group could use an addition.
The Rams acquired elite cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib last month, and they signed defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh last week to form a ferocious duo with AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.
Firstly, they got more in return for Cooks than they did for Jimmy Garoppolo.
So with the Rams out, the Cleveland Browns now emerge as the favorites to be the Giants trade partner if they are going to trade Beckham prior to the draft.
Watkins also indirectly factors into the Cooks trade in another way. Even if it doesn't look like it at the time.