For the second consecutive year, the New England Patriots reportedly don’t have a first-round draft pick (for now). This time, it’s by choice.
The Patriots acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round draft pick (118th overall) from the New Orleans Saints on Friday in exchange for their first-round pick (32nd overall) and a third-round selection (103rd overall), ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported, citing sources.
The Patriots reportedly have been interested in acquiring Cooks from the Saints for weeks. There was a report earlier in the week that the Patriots could send cornerback Malcolm Butler to the Saints for Cooks.
This is the third player the Patriots have acquired in a trade this week. They picked up tight end Dwayne Allen from the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday and reportedly acquired defensive end Kony Ealy from the Carolina Panthers on Friday.
The Patriots have Cooks under control for two more seasons. He’s still on his rookie contract, and New England can pick up his fifth-year option for 2018.
Cooks caught 78 passes for 1,173 yards with eight touchdowns in 2016. The 5-foot-10, 189-pound speedy wideout has 215 receptions for 2,861 yards with 20 touchdowns in three NFL seasons since being selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.
Here’s an update on the Patriots’ 2017 draft picks.
Third round, 72nd overall
Third round, 96th overall
Fourth round, 118th overall
Fifth round, 163rd overall
Fifth round, 183rd overall
Sixth round, 200th overall
Seventh round, 239th overall
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