The Rams have made another move to acquire an impact player before the start of the offseason program, trading for Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Los Angeles receives Cooks and New England's No. 136 overall pick in the fourth round in exchange for the Rams' No. 23 overall pick and No. 198 overall in the sixth round.
Cooks has been an impact player throughout the early course of his career, recording three straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving since 2015. Selected No. 20 overall in 2014, Cooks spent the first three years of his career in New Orleans before being traded to New England last offseason.
In his lone season as a Patriot, the 5-foot-10, 189-pound receiver caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards with seven touchdowns. In the last three seasons, Cooks has averaged 75.7 receptions for 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns.
Over the four years of his career, Cooks has made 280 receptions for 3,943 yards with 27 touchdowns. He's also taken 30 carries for 161 yards and a TD.
Cooks is in the last year of his rookie contract, as the Patriots picked up his fifth-year option in April of last year.
With his considerable speed — Cooks ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine back in 2014 — Cooks likely slots in as Los Angeles' vertical threat, helping to offset the loss of wide receiver Sammy Watkins in free agency.
Following the trade, Los Angeles has eight picks in the upcoming NFL Draft:
4-11-111 (via Dolphins)
4-35-135 (via Giants)
4-36-136 (via Patriots)
6-2-176 (via Giants)
6-9-183 (via Dolphins)
6-20-194 (via Lions)
6-21-195 (via Bills)