Could Green Bay Get Brandin Cooks on the Cheap?
Green Bay Packers are still in the market for a wide receiver. We know that they’ll likely draft one in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft. What if Green Bay could get an immediate upgrade for their number two receiver spot? Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic wrote out seven hypothetical trades that could still happen this offseason. Most of the trades involve draft picks and different players. One suggestion was Brandin Cooks of the Los Angeles Rams to the Green Bay Packers for a fourth-round pick and a conditional 2021 draft pick. If that’s the deal needed to bring Cooks to Green Bay, sign me up today.
The going rate for a No. 1 wide receiver at Cooks’ age is a first-round pick. But Cooks did not perform like a No. 1 wide receiver last season as he finished with 42 catches for 583 yards. He’s already been traded twice in his career by Sean Payton and Bill Belichick — two coaches who tend to know what they’re doing. And the biggest concern for interested teams has to be that Cooks has had five diagnosed concussions in six seasons. Combine those factors with the projection that the draft is loaded with wide receivers and it’s hard to see any team giving up a first- or second-round pick for Cooks.
I’m not surprised that Cooks might come cheaper than other guys. All of the reasons that Kapadia points out are valid. Part of me wonders why no team has gotten through to him. It is not like Cooks had bad teams, quarterbacks, or coaches. He is playing for some of the best teams in football, and it resulted in being moved two times with a third likely before this season begins. Still, for that price, Cooks is worth it. That’s a great price on a 26-year-old receiver.
This wouldn’t stop the Packers from drafting a receiver though. This is part of Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst’s brand thus far. Gutekunst loves to double up with needs. Usually, it is two draft prospects. This time, it could be a combination of the two. Adding Cooks gives the Packers an immediate number two option, a true slot receiver, and a dynamic playmaker to add to the Packers offense.