Emergency Post: Reaction-Patriots Trade Brandin Cooks,

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Patriots get: #23 and a 6th (not yet determined)

Rams get: Brandin Cooks and #136

My immediate reaction is WOW! Honestly, I like the trade. They got a year of production from a player and trade him for more than they traded him for. They were never going to sign him to a monster contract and while he put up good numbers, it never looked quite right. I will try to have more when I can. Talk amongst yourselves.

78 Responses to “Emergency Post: Reaction-Patriots Trade Brandin Cooks,”

  1. kevin z says:

    Round 1 Colton Miller OT
    Round 1 Jesse Bates FS
    Round 2 Fred Warner Will LB
    Round 3 Josh Sweat DE-OLB
    Round 6 Kanoff QB
    Round 6 Dmitri Flowers H-back move around weapon
    Round 7 James Butler RB

  2. Stephen J says:

    Per Nick Korte from OvertheCap.com

    What percentage of NFL players, from 2011 to 2014, go on to earn a vested veteran contract? (Defined as a non-rookie contract after accruing 4 seasons.)
    •1st: 66%*
    •2nd: 73%
    •3rd: 58%
    •4th: 48%
    •5th: 36%
    •6th: 28%
    •7th: 15%
    •UDFA: 11%

    *Why do 1st round picks have a lower percentage than 2nd round picks? 20 1st rounders from 2014 are still on their rookie deals via the fifth year option.

    If all of them get vested veteran contracts, the percentage rises to 81%

  3. Stephen J says:

    Duke Ejiofor update

    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texans/article/Wake-Forest-Duke-Ejiofor-to-visit-Patriots-12807741.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

    Medical Recheck April 12th
    Expects to be medically cleared by late July or early August.
    Scheduled to visit Pats next Monday April 9th

  4. kevin z says:

    1st Lorenzo Carter OLB
    1stMike Hughes CB
    2nd:Oren Burks LB cover TE and bigger slot WR 3 cone as well as 20 shuttle was second among all LB at Combine
    2nd:Brian O’Neil OT
    3rd:Dorian O’daniel LB cover slot wr and rb’s Combine speed matched what seen on Tape
    6th: Princeton QB
    6th:Dmintri Flowers Hback weapon chess piece
    7th:Phillip Lindsay RB in the least a ST Demon

  5. brandon maxham says:

    1st(LAR):Leighton VanderEsch ILB-OLB

    1st:Isaiah Oliver CB

    2nd:Dallas Goedert TE

    2nd:Brian O’Neil OT

    3rd:Kyzir White S

    6th(LAR): Logan Woodside QB

    6th:Trey Quinn WR

    7th:Justin Jackson RB

  6. J H TARBORO says:

    The Patriots sign TE Troy Niklas to a 1yr. deal.

    • Daniel says:

      HA! He was on my mock draft years ago. I was under the impression that he hadn’t do too well in the pros.

      • Stephen J says:

        Per Mike Reiss

        He has been more effective as a blocker than a pass-catcher (19 catches, 203 yards, 3 TDs in four years).
        Dwayne Allen this year had 10 catches for 88 yards and 1 TD

        Since there has been no need to cut Dwayne Allen due to the fact that he does not have any 2018 cash guaranteed until he makes the Week 1 roster. Troy Nickolas is competition for Dwayne Allen during training camp preseason.

  7. kevin z says:

    Trade our 32 pick for another 2nd along with a 4th rd pick

    Round 1 Roquan Smith LB
    Round 2 Mark Andrews TE
    Round 2 O’neill OT
    Round 2 Dorian O’daniel LB-S Box saf skills speedy see ball get ball
    Round 3 Tyquen Lewis DE
    Round 4 Ito Smith RB or RB John Kelly if drops here
    Round 6 Woodside QB
    Round 6 Dmintri Flowers H back
    Round 7 Kanall QB

  8. kevin z says:

    Signed TE Niklas one year deal could break out I like the move.

  9. Stephen J says:

    NE Coach Nick Caley was at Tulane’s Pro Day yesterday who can be seen in this video at the 1:42 mark.

    http://www.neworleanssaints.com/media-center/videos/Tulane-Football-2018-Pro-Day-Highlights/5ae5be63-b8f5-4abf-8b50-f9db4a3e20ae

    Two top prospects who participated were CB Parry Nickerson and DE Ade Aruna.

    Aruna did a few drills Tuesday, he said “the biggest questions teams have about him are how he’ll read offenses.” Also “The only one thing I need to improve on that I know is just to be a student of the game.”

    Nickerson who had 16 career interceptions, and ran a 4.32 40 at the combine knows being at Tulane NFL teams could overlook him.

    “Wherever I go, I’ll play wherever they need. I just want to show teams that I have what it takes.”

    The above video show both Ade Aruan and Parry Nickerson running different events but the one I was looking for was namely the 3 cone for Nickerson but I haven’t seen any times released anywhere as of yet.

    • Mike Gerken says:

      I am a huge fan of Aruna. I would love to see him in a Patriots uniform.

      • Stephen J says:

        Wait a second didn’t you say that Bradley Chubb does not fit the size profile that Bill prefers yet you would love Ade Aruna as a Pat. How is that when Ade Aruna has the same size profile as Bradley Chubb.

        …………..Bradley Chubb……………..Ade Aruna
        Height…..6’4 3/8″……………………..6’4 5/8″
        Weight….269……………………………262
        Arm L…..34″…………………………….34″

        I don’t get that one. What am I missing here? You’d love both on the team but don’t think either would fit because of the size profile? If that were the case then why has BB and the Pats looked at scouted interviewed and worked out several DE’s with that size profile?

        • kevin z says:

          I think BB does it to throw off the other teams. He usually does not draft who interviewed or had a private workout with. More times than not he Picks players from the Senior Bowl or Team captains

  10. Russell says:

    Trade possibilities for Patriots 2nd #43;

    Houston; does not have a 1st, or 2nd pick, but three 3d round picks, so BB sends 2nd #43 for 3d #68, 3d # 80, & 7th #223.
    49ers; have a 1st #9, 2nd #59, and two thirds, again BB sends 2nd #43 for 3d #70 & 3d #74
    Arizona ; has a 1st #15, 2nd #47, and two thirds, BB sends 2nd #43 for 3d #79, 3d #97, 5th #152.
    personally Houston is the most likely of these three, what ya think?

    • steve says:

      please don’t trade down..the Pats dont need more picks they need more talent..

      trade up in the first round w/detroit (31 and 95 and 219) to get Harold Landry and then select MMcglinchey at 23

  11. Tristan says:

    Here is my two round mock and my 7 round patriots mock including a few trades:

    Trades –
    Giants and Bills – Bills get number 2 overall and Giants get 12, 22 53 and second round 2019
    Miami and Colts – Miami Gets number 6 overall Colts 11 and 42
    Arizona and Patriots – Patriots get number 15 and Arizona Gets 23 and 63
    Seahawks and Falcons – Falcons get 18 and Seahawks get 26 and 3rd rounder 2018
    Giants and 49ers – Giants get number 9 and San Fran 4th rounder 2018 49ers get O’Dell Beckham Jr

    Mock Draft Name Position School
    Round 1
    1 Browns Josh Allen QB Wyoming
    2 Buffalo Bills (trade) Sam Darnold QB USC
    3 NY Jets Josh Rosen QB UCLA
    4 Browns Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
    5 Denver Broncos Bradley Chubb DE NC State
    6 Miami Dolphins (Trade)Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
    7 Tampa Bay Bucs Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
    8 Bears Quenton Nelson G Notre Dame
    9 Giants (trade) Derwin James S Florida State
    10 Oakldand RaidersTremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
    11 Indy Colts (Trade) Harold Landry OLB Boston College
    12 Giants (trade) Denzel Ward CB Ohio State
    13 Redskins Daron Payne DT Alabama
    14 Packers Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
    15 Patriots (Trade) Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
    16 Baltimore Ravens Marcus Davenport DE UTSA
    17 LA Chargers Kolton Miller OT UCLA
    18 Atlanta Falcons (Trade) Vita Vea DT Washington
    19 Dallas Cowboys Taven Bryan DT Florida
    20 Detriot Lions Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia
    21 Cincinnati Bengals Arden Key DE LSU
    22 Giants (trade) Isaiah Wynn G/T Georgia
    23 Arizona Cardinals (Trade)Courtland Sutton WR SMU
    24 Carolina Panthers Josh Jackson CB Iowa
    25 Tennessee Titans Rasheem Green DT/DE USC
    26 Seattle Seahawks (tradeJessie Bates III S Wake Forest
    27 New Orleans Saints Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
    28 Pittsburgh Steelers Roquan Smith LB Georgia
    29 jacksonville Jaguars Justin Reid S Stanford
    30 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price G/C Ohio State
    31 New England Patriots Sam Hubbard DE/OLB Ohio State
    32 Philadelphia Eagles Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise State
    Round 2
    33 Browns Dorance Armstrong Jr DE Kansas
    34 giants Christian Kirk WR Texas AM
    35 Browns Ronald Jones 2 RB USC
    36 Colts Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
    37 Colts Andrew Brown DT/DE Virginia
    38 Tampa Bay Bucs Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
    39 Bears Equanimeous St Brown WR Notre Dame
    40 Denver Broncos Mike Gesicki TE Penn State
    41 Oakldand Raiders Nick Chubb RB Georgia
    42 Indy Colts (Trade) Austin Corbett G/C/T Nevada
    43 New England Patriots Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond
    44 Redskins Frank Ragnow G/C Arkansas
    45 Packers Sony Michel RB Georgia
    46 Cin Benagls Will Hernandez G UTEP
    47 Cardinals Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
    48 LA Chargers Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
    49 Colts Carlton Davis CB Auburn
    50 Dallas Cowboys Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
    51 Detriot Lions Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon
    52 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice RB LSU
    53 New York Giants (Trade) DJ Chark WR LSU
    54 Kansas City Chiefs Dashawn Hand DT/DE Alabama
    55 Carolina Panthers Kalen Ballage RB Arizona State
    56 Buffalo Bills Donte Jackson CB LSU
    57 Tennessee Titans Hercules Mataafa DE/OLB Washington State
    58 Atlanta Falcons Connor Williams OT/G Texas
    59 San Fran 49ers Harrison Phillips DT Stanford
    60 Pittsburgh Steelers Anthony Miller WR Memphis
    61 jacksonville Jaguars Auden Tate WR Florida State
    62 Minnesota Vikings Dallas Goedert TE SD State
    63 Arizona Cardinals (trade) Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
    64 Cleveland Browns Brian O’Neill OT Pitt

    Patriots 7 Round
    7 round mock Patriots
    Round 1 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
    Round 1 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State
    Round 2 Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond
    Round 3 Joe Ostman DE/OLB Central Michigan
    Round 6 PJ Hall DT Sam Houston State
    Round 6 Trey Quinn WR SMU
    Round 7 Skai Moore LB/S South Carolina

    • Stephen J says:

      While I may not agree with what players go where and when I do respect all the time and effort it took to put this together and then post it. Well Done.

      • Tristan says:

        Appreciate the comment.

        Any players you feel I am far off on where they are landing. Just trying to get it refined. Appreciate any comments positive or negative on where players are.

        • Nick B says:

          I can’t see Connor Williams falling outside of the first round or Maurice Hurst falling to the end of the second. Also curious where you had Rashaan Evans? Those were the three that jumped out to me.

          I can appreciate the effort of all this thought!

        • kevan says:

          Yea that’s alot of work. I like Hubbard that pick wouldn’t shock me, insurance for if Trey Flowers can’t be retained. Also means Derek rivers would be playing more at LB. I don’t know much about McGlinchey to have an opinion. I would rather take Oneil late 2nd though. Kyle Lauletta is a popular pick but I think I’m leaning toward Luke Falk, Logan Woodside, or Mike White.

        • Tristan says:

          Yeah Connor Williams and Hurst I may be too low on. Hurst I just based it on the heart condition stuff so people may be waiting till second round on him. Plus he is an undersized DT so I can’t see someone risking a first but definitely has the talent to go in first round. With regard to Williams I am not as high on him personally as most cause I feel he is bit undersized for tackle weight wise and cause of the injury concerns. But yeah Williams is a guy I could see going first if a team really likes him. I view him more as a second round guy. But definitely could go first in the right fit. I don’t think he is plug and play tackle though more of a guy that would need development in pass blocking and improve in footwork. Great in run game though.

          Evans I have in my third round. I like the guy just don’t feel he is game breaking talent. I view him as a day 2 guy second/third round territory. I just feel an undersized limited altheticism linebacker is difficult to justify for round one. Definitely a solid tackler and great instincts and definitely could go second round I just had him slip a bit to early third round.

      • Mike Gerken says:

        excellent effort.

    • steve earle says:

      If just the first three rounds alone went this way we win the draft.

    • CC says:

      Except for the QB pick, not bad. I’d rather keep the QB pick and just draft Chukwuma Okorafor -out of Western Michigan- A great no injury history specimen for Danre Scar to play with. **This even before losing both Flemming & Solder. The Best O-lineman the team has left respectfully is Maruc Cannon who’s a “B” and best seeerved at (G). I agree with trading down in order too get McGlinchey without question( that is a must IMO….. but getting just 1 (OT) not knowing how the FA from Seattle Seahawks will work out?…. In adition too The A. Garcia (OT) draft Injury “bust” of last year INRE: coming back? -OR- not? TB12 needsto stay standing. Why KRAFT forced BB too get rid of Jimmy G.is still a BLUNDER…….? But 2 on the (OT) in this draft NO (qb) unless Lamar Jackson happen fall too us…..

  12. Brian says:

    Ecstatic with the trade. Cooks was a good player though I did not like the trade at the time last year. Should be a better fit in LA. I am shocked that we were able to land a 1st rounder for him.

    Havent looked at the highly rated qbs much, but had my sights set on Mike White in round 3. I have my doubts that bill is willing to give up the necessary capital to move up high enough to nab Josh Rosen as has been rumoured. But you never know with him.
    My gut feeling is that he was as disgusted as us of the defenses performance in the super bowl and we see a defensive overhaul in the early rounds of the draft.

    Three players I would like/be willing to move up for are Saquon Barkley if he slides to around the 10th. Derwin James if he makes it to the middle of the round. And Mike Mcglinchey if comes close to 23rd.

    This draft just got very interesting.

    • td says:

      I would be stunned if they moved far enough up to get Barkley; he’d cost way more than they spend on a RB and that’s as a rookie.

      They’ve now positioned themselves to move up or down in the first round to grab some good talent, maybe double dip like when they drafted Hightower and Jones or drop out of 1st altogether and amass a bunch of 2nd and 3rd rounders.

      • Brian says:

        Barkley is mostly just a dream as I’m a fan of his. I realize there is no possible way we move up to draft him.

        I don’t buy the rumours that we are moving up to draft a qb however. I think we are making a play to get in the middle of the round after the run on qbs has ended, and we are left with a stud defender that normally wouldn’t have got pushed down that far. My hope/dream is Derwin James. He’s who I most want out of this draft.

      • CC says:

        Better served Barkley alone for a number on reasons and Simply Draft Christian Kirk T A&M instead?

  13. kevin z says:

    1 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
    1 Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia
    2 Mark Andrews TE
    2 Oren Burks Hybrid lb
    3 John Kelly RB
    6 Woodside QB
    6 Cole Reyes S
    7 Phillip Lindsay RB or James Butler RB

  14. J H TARBORO says:

    The Ravens signs a 1yr. deal with the RG3!

  15. Stephen J says:

    Arden Key runs a 4.85 and 4.87 40 at 238 lbs during his pro day this morning.

  16. Stephen J says:

    Johnny Manziel

    “If Cleveland did any of their homework they would have known I wasn’t a guy who came in every day and watch film. I wasn’t a guy who really knew the X’s and O’s of football.” – Johnny Manziel on the Dan Patrick Show

  17. Tristan says:

    I posted this on this site earlier this offseason sounds like I may have been right. And this was before we landed pick 23.

    Just to follow up on trade up scenarios – I see three possibilities.

    1) Trade up for tackle Mike McGlinchey – Mike McGlinchey is the best pure LT tackle in the draft. Currently patriots have pick 31 – which is worth 600 points pick 43 which is 470 points these two packaged together can get you as high pick 15 the Arizona Cardinals. This is the team I could see us trading with. Arizona most likely will miss out on qbs and is in a complete rebuild two picks may be exactly what they want rather than one player. Look for Patriots to trade with Arizona if Mike Mcglinchey is still on the board at 15.

    2) Trade up scenario two – Kolton Miller I think the Patriots may trade for Miller. Pats may be willing to give up the first round pick 600 and the late third round pick number 95 which is worth 120 points. This would get the patriots up to to approx. pick 25. Ironically this is perfect trade partner the Tennessee Titans whose GM used to work with Patriots and has many former pats on their team. Don’t see Tenneessee desperate for any one player and can’t see them not liking this trade as well.

    3) Trade Scenario 3 – FOR FUTURE QB – This would be the big move of the draft but patriots would trade 31, 43, and next years first which would say project as a 650ish value (late first) to go all the way up to pick 4. Pick 4 is valued at 1800 which matches the value pretty close. Who has pick 4 the Cleveland Browns – Browns and pats have already traded twice this offseason with new GM John Dorsey. Browns will draft a qb at 1 and really are in a full rebuild and really don’t need one specific player after taking a qb at 4 as they have tons of needs. The player this move to me would be for is Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen as their would be prime targets for the Denver Broncos. Both I believe have the biggest upside of the qbs in the draft. Both are incredibly smart gifted players with massive talents and huge chips on their shoulders. I would love either of these QBs but my preference would be Allen. Allen is the only player I can guess may have a chance to become the best player in the NFL no other player in this draft has that level of upside. With the right coaching he could be next big Great Patriots QB. I think most people would dismiss this from happening and say no chance pats make a big move. I on otherhand truly believe their is a legit chance this happens and patriots make the big move of the draft and surprise everyone. Pats have been relatively quiet and haven’t moved up in tyhe first round in a long time but I think Allen or Mayfield are worth it.

    Trade Scenario 4 – Patriots Trade back. I don’t believe this happens given we already have two second round picks bill typically likes spacing out our picks into zones so trading back really does not serve a purpose given we already have a pick in 40s and 60s.

    • steve earle says:

      McGlinchey would be worth it I believe, just wonder if Bill agrees? I disagree with #4 Bill has a history of trading back often and do think it’s still reasonable though not assured. #2 sounds to me the most likely but we will just have to wait and see.

  18. Jeff says:

    If the Pats were trying to extend Cooks this offseason and talks did not progress, contributing to this trade, maybe we’ll see an extension for Flowers and/or Mason in the coming days. The Pats have some cap space to work with and one less long-term contract to worry about if they can hit with their new 1st round pick.

  19. Russell says:

    A very good trade as the Rams overpaid to get Cooks. This sets up to be a DE Jones/ LB Hightower type draft year. The question is who. With the 5th year option for a 1st round pick, from a cost stand point, NOT trading out of the 1st round seems more likely now.
    Pick #43 2nd round seems more like the trade-able pick. I still don’t see BB drafting a QB early as a third string guy, given other team needs.

    • steve earle says:

      Agree with you on this Russell. Bill doesn’t like holes in his draft and trading #43, now that we have two 1sts, would likely recover 4th and 5ths for us.

      • CC says:

        For Arizona to give us the # 15 Overall worth 1,050
        &
        The #134 overall in the fifth round worth 30.2, for a 1,080.2 Chart Value………..

        Use the #15 for (OT) McGlinchey, + snatch a 5th Rounder Now……
        , and still have that 23rd overall in the FIRST ROUND for an edge rusher or BPA Spot…….
        IN RE: * Harold Landry EDGE B/C OLB.
        Sam Hubbard (DE) Ohio State
        *Da’Ron Payne (DT) Bama
        *Christian Kirk (WR/Utility) Texas A&M.
        Lorenzo Carter (OLB) Georgia.
        Def wanna keep that 23 VS the 31……………………..
        The 31st at 600 & The 43rd at 470 & The 198th at 11.8 is the 1,081.8
        ****Give them the other Semi Usless 6th & 7th also? What are they worth ?? 7.0 and 3.4 respectively??
        I think Arizona would take: the 31st & The 43rd VS the 23rd and 63rd…………………………………….

  20. Stephen J says:

    For those Jordan Matthews fans take a look at this

    https://www.playerprofiler.com/nfl/justin-watson/

    Take a look at his best comparable up in the top right hand corner

    Then take a look here

    http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2018/03/mock-draft-monday-go-get-your-guys.html

    On Mar 20th I did an initial breakdown of Justin Watson where WR Coach Chad O’Shea scouted him

  21. brandon maxham says:

    mock draft 4/4 updated with Cooks trade :

    1st(LAR):Rashaan Evans ILB

    1st:Isaiah Oliver CB

    2nd:Dallas Goedert TE

    2nd:Duke Ejiofor DE

    3rd:Brandon Parker OT

    6th(LAR):Logan Woodside QB

    6th:Braxton Berrios WR

    7th:Darrel Williams RB

    I liked the Cooks trade because I know he wanted the money and would be a FA after the year . We got good value for him and it freed up cap space to extend a player that we want to.

    • Matt H says:

      Unbelievable mock draft. Would be a homerun if they could pull this off but we all know B.B. is going to pick people we have never heard of.

  22. Daniel Sullivan says:

    Patriots Mock Draft.
    1 Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
    1 Lorenzo Carter DE Georgia
    2 Trade for Additional 3rd and 4th round picks.
    2 Josey Jewell ILB Iowa
    3 Daesean Hamilton WR Penn State
    3 Possible trade Isaac Yiadom CB Boston College
    4 Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin
    6 Ryan Nall RB Oregon St.
    6 Drew Bailey DL Louisville
    7 Brian Allen G Michigan St.

    Latest trade of Brandin Cooks greatly strengthens Patriots Draft position.

    • steve earle says:

      Would love to get McGlinchey but think we would have to trade up for that. Tristan proposed a trade up with Arz for their 1#15 which could do it. Thing as always would Arz. do the trade?

  23. Stephen J says:

    2 Draft Trades I heard tonight regarding the Patriots

    Both involve moving up to the 4th overall pick held by Cleveland but it involves two different players

    1st Player QB Josh Rosen

    2nd Player DE Bradley Chubb

    Here is what was proposed using the draft chart
    http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2018/03/mock-draft-monday-go-get-your-guys.html

    Patriots……………….Cleveland
    Pick 23 Value 760…Pick 4 Value 1800
    Pick 31 Value 600…Pick 150 Value 31
    Pick 43 Value 470
    Total Value 1830………1831

    If the trade is taken that would leave the Patriots with Pick 4, 63, 95, 150, 210, 219.
    1st Just for fun lets say the trade happened. Which Player would you take Josh Rosen or Bradely Chubb
    2 Would You take the trade for either player

    • kevan says:

      I don’t think I would make the trade for either but if it was made i would probably take Rosen over Chubb.

    • Mike Gerken says:

      As exciting as that sounds, it just doesn’t seem to fit BB’s philosophy. Trading up for Rosen only complicates the Brady/Belichick relationship even further and while Chubb is a great pass rusher, he does not fit the size profile or the fact that Bill prefers guys who are solid in both aspects. I just do not see it.

      • Stephen J says:

        While I agree with you on BB’s philosophy he did move up and select Donta Hightower which is why I’d have to disagree with you on the size profile for Chubb. He’d be the QB of the D by replacing Donta Hightower

        ……………..Donta Hightower……..Bradley Chubb
        Height……..6’3″……………………..6’4 3/8″
        Weight…….265……………………..269
        Arm L………32 5/8″………………..34″
        40…………..4.68……………………4.65
        Vert………..33″……………………..36″
        Broad………9’9″(117″)…………….10’1″(121″)
        20 Shuttle…4.64……………………4.41
        3 Cone……..7.55……………………7.37
        2011………………………………….2017
        Total Tackles..85……………………73
        Solo Tackles…40……………………40
        TFL……………11……………………25
        Sacks………..4.0……………………10
        PBU………….3.0…………………….2.0

      • Stephen J says:

        Do I think it happens No. Would I’d be shocked if it did No.

    • steve earle says:

      That trade would leave to many holes on both sides of the ball, I wouldn’t do it.

      • Stephen J says:

        How would it leave holes when you still would have picks 63, 95, 150, 210, 219 that is 5 picks to address those holes. Above you said with just 3 picks we would win the draft yet with 5 picks there would be to many holes???????????

  24. Stephen J says:

    RB/WR Boston Scott Pro Day

    Here are some clips put together by TheMickNartin of Boston Scott

    https://twitter.com/themicknartin/status/948709574797819904

    2017 RB Rushes 183 Yards 1047 YPC 5.72 8 TD’s 0 Fumbles
    2017 Targets 27 Receptions 20 Catch Rate 74% Yards 181 TD’s 1
    2017 Kick Returns 10 Yards 183 0 Fumbles
    2016 Rushes 70 Yards 515 YPC 7.4 TD’s 6 1 Fumble 0 Lost Fumbles
    2016 Targets 15 Receptions 11 Catch Rate 73.3% Yards 125
    2016 Kick Returns 10 Yards 199 0 Fumbles
    2015 Rushes 34 Yards 275 YPC 8.1 TD’s 0 Fumbles 0
    2015 Targets 0
    2015 Kick Returns 9 Yards 251 Fumbles 0

    Total Rushes 287 Yards 1837 YPC 6.40 TD’s 14 Fumbles 1 Lost Fumbles 0
    Total Targets 42 Receptions 31 Catch Rate 73.81% Yards 306 TD’s 1
    Total Kick Returns 29 Yards 633 YPR 21.83

    • Stephen J says:

      Oops Here are his Pro Day Numbers

      VJ: 38.5”
      BJ: 10’1
      BP: 21
      40: 4.40
      20: 4.15
      3C: 6.69
      60: 11.40

  25. Stephen J says:

    NC State DE and draft prospect Kentavius Street recently suffered a significant knee injury

    https://247sports.com/college/north-carolina-state/Article/Former-NC-State-DE-Kentavius-Street-reportedly-suffers-knee-injury-116989850

  26. Stephen J says:

    Hot off the net the 6th round pick the Pats received from the Rams is 198 so as of now here are the Patriots picks

    1)23
    1)31
    2)43
    2)63
    3)95
    6)198
    6)210
    7)219

  27. J H TARBORO says:

    With 2 #1s and 2 #2s we now have some draft capital to pick up what we need. Great move New England.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Good luck Sean Mc Vey! The Ram are all in, but too many personalities to manage at 33yrs old. I think they will implode, just like the Eagles!

  28. J H TARBORO says:

    The Patriots had a private workout with WR Christian Kirk Tx.A&M and Penn St.WR Daesean Hamilton, who I consider the best route runner in this draft, he was definitely the best at the Senior Bowl.

  29. macspak says:

    Not a surprise. Consistent with the Patriot way. Trade an expensive asset they can’t keep long term for a draft pick that will provide talent and fill a need at another position at a lower cost and 5 year deal. Immediate salary cap flexibility. Longer term greater cap flexibility. Traded from a position of strength because even after losing Amendola we have Edelman, Hogan, Dorsett, Britt, Mitchell, Patterson and others. Lot of people undervaluing Britt. When they traded for him last year the trade really was for this year. Due to last year’slack of production many have written him off. Last year was an acclimation period; simple as that. No, not a Cooks but is a bigger WR this team lacks. I also see this giving Patterson more security as a KR and multi dimensional offensive threat/weapon.

    I know most see this as a move to get a QB. I’m not so sure. As high as I am on Jackson I still see him and the top QB’s out of reach. This is to give us a shot a filling two of our highest needs. (OT, speed on D, LB, DE) As much as I like Jackson I think we take our QB in the 2nd or 3rd round.

  30. kevan says:

    Jordan Matthews was in for a visit. I think he will sign now.

    • macspak says:

      didn’t he sign with AZ?

      • kevan says:

        I don’t think so, last I checked it was a contract offer nothing signed

      • Stephen J says:

        Arizona offered him 1 year 4 million and he wanted 5 million so he visited NE yesterday. Nothing has been reported one way or the other as of yet.

        He only played in 10 games due to injuries which caused a drop in production last year where he had 282 yards and 804 yards in 2016 with the Eagles so teams maybe wanting a 1 year prove it deal.

        He had knee and ankle surgery in mid Dec as well as thumb surgery in Oct. So the Pats maybe had a medical checkup and are waiting for results

        • kevan says:

          Yea definitely a one year deal. I wouldn’t give him 5 mil though. Maybe 4 after he reached incentives. I really hope BB can just once go a whole draft and not outsmart himself. Pats are lined up good to add some talent. My bet is he trades down from one of the top 3 picks

        • kevan says:

          Now Matthews is visiting the titans. Another WR worth looking at is Dontrelle Inman. Also, still don’t know why BB hasn’t looked at Navorro Bowman.

    • Stephen J says:

      Adam Schefter

      Former Bills’ and Eagles’ WR Jordan Matthews, who starred at Vanderbilt, is visiting the Tennessee Titans, per source. Matthews already has recently visited the Packers and Patriots.

  31. EdgeX says:

    I’m torn.

    On one hand….I feel like sometimes people don’t remember how hard it’s been for Tom Brady to establish rapport with his WR’s. The last few years they’ve been fortunate they’ve been “hitting” on successful WR’s building rapport with Brady. So, I’m sad to see Cooks go because I think he has the potential to be on the same level as Deion Branch (who was a Superbowl MVP for the Pat’s) – maybe better.

    On the other hand….if Cooks really wants to be paid like a top WR in the league then, yeah, hard to see Pat’s ever doing that. I was hoping he’d adopt the “Patriot way” and take less money. If that was not an option then I get why this happened.

    The hard part is I don’t think we can really judge this trade until we see how the draft unfolds, determine who they pick, and see the impact of said player on the field.

    I’ll be honest I have no idea what the Pat’s are doing. But, this has the potential to be the most exciting draft since 2012 when the Pat’s picked Chandler Jones and Donta Hightower.

    • steve earle says:

      The trade by itself stands as a good one. How it is utilized is a separate factor I think. Quite sure bill will trade one down that depending on value of available players at time of the picks. I believe we will recover our 4th and 5th as part of bigger deal a lower 1st or an upper 2nd.

    • macspak says:

      I also thought as a 1st year WR he did very well with Brady and the future only would have been better. But this creates great flexibility in draft and salary cap and this offense still will have ample weapons and team building is not done yet.

  32. Claude Edouard says:

    This has turned into a crazy off-season! Now the upcoming draft will have even more intrigue with Pats having two first round picks. Will they keep both picks and draft positions of need or best player available at each slot (OT? LB? DE)? Will they package those picks to move up in the draft to get an impact defensive player (Bradley Chubb? Derwin James)? Will they use those picks as assets to make a trade for OBJ? So many questions????

  33. Stephen J says:

    Wow is right

    We literally paid peanuts for over 1100 yards of production.
    I never thought that they would get a 1st round back from a team that would also have to pay a large amount of money to retain him as well long term but WOW I love that there was.

    Now here is the latest with the trade as far as picks go: 23rd 31st 43rd and 63rd 95th 210 and 219 then one of the Rams 6th rounders being(176, 194, 195, 196, or 198). Being that there is a large gap between 95 and 176-198 I imagine we aren’t done yet with picks.

  34. J H TARBORO says:

    I knew this was coming, I mentioned it, in a prior post. Is Rob Gronkowski next? I think so!

  35. kevin z says:

    I like the move in the sense got max value instead of a 3rd rd comp pick. Now see what do with the pick.

    • steve earle says:

      WOW! My best thought was Cooks would fetch a low 2nd or our 3rd. 1#23 and a 6th for him and our 4th looks very good. Bill has some leverage now by gosh.

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