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Rams looking like Super Bowl favorites after acquiring Brandin Cooks

With the trade for the speedy Brandin Cooks at a deep threat to replace Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles now has a complete receiver corps along with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Todd Gurley coming out of the backfield.


Kahron Spearman


The Los Angeles Rams got Brandin Cooks in a trade from the New England Patriots, for their 23rd overall pick in the upcoming draft on Tuesday

The Patriots attempted to re-sign Cooks, and ESPN reports that the Rams will now try and sign the speedy receiver to a lo deal.With the draft in less than two weeks, the Rams appear to have won the offseason, with the Cooks' trade as the topper.

Let's take a look at their moves.

The Ram evidently believed Cooks' value was greater than what they could get at No. 23, or anywhere late in the first round.

Long coveted by head coach Sean McVay, Cooks' addition provides the Rams with a true depth threat with All-Pro talent, to put with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. It's odd that Cooks has been traded twice in two seasons, but his numbers reflect a game-changing player.

He and emerging quarterback Jared Goff have already been putting in reps together this offseason, building up chemistry.Along with All-Pro back Todd Gurley in the backfield, Goff has an embarrassment of riches regarding offensive weaponry.

At that time, we didn't have a first-round pick and New England did, and that made all the difference. We discussed [cornerback] Trumaine Johnson with New Orleans, but we could not trump New England's one.

The most significant changes remain around the defensive additions of Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, and Ndamukong Suh.

Suh joins an already stout defensive line unit with All-Pro tackle Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. Talib and Peters team with Lamarcus Joyner, John Johnson III and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

On paper, the Rams now have the best (and most physical) defensive line and secondary in the NFL. The problem, of course, is their uncertainty at linebacker which could be addressed to some extent in the third round of the draft. This may be their play, as the Rams' salary cap will be stretched thin.

If they can find a suitable answer at linebacker, they will challenge the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles as Super Bowl contenders in 2018.

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