The Patriots had their sights set on Brandin Cooks, and two days into the new league year they've landed him.
According to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, the Patriots have agreed to send their No. 32 overall selection in this year's draft as well as their No. 103 choice to the Saints. In return, they'll acquire Cooks and the No. 118 pick from New Orleans.
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In Cooks, the Patriots have landed a dynamic receiver with the speed to be an outside-the-numbers threat and the short-area quickness to get himself open in the intermediate range that Tom Brady so often likes to exploit.
The 5-foot-10 burner was the No. 20 overall pick in the 2014 draft. He is 23 years old -- about two months younger than Patriots wideout Malcolm Mitchell -- and has one year remaining on his rookie contract as well as a fifth-year team option.
Cooks recorded a career-high in yards last season for New Orleans, racking up 1,173 yards on 78 catches and he scored eight times. The cost for the Patriots -- their first-round draft choice and 15 spots in draft position -- seems reasonable for a player of Cooks' skill set, age and contractual status.
ESPN's Dianna Russini was the first to report news of the deal.
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