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Los Angeles Rams’ 2018 NFL Draft order following the Brandin Cooks trade

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After the blockbuster trade, here’s how things look on the draft front.

New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks heads to the end zone against the Houston Texans in Week 3 of the 2017 season
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks heads to the end zone against the Houston Texans in Week 3 of the 2017 season
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The offseason to end all offseasons for the Los Angeles Rams took another turn today with the trade for New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks.

Now that it’s officially complete, here’s how the Rams’ class looks with just three weeks to the 2018 NFL Draft:

2018 NFL Draft LA Rams Order

Rd # overall # in round Pick
Rd # overall # in round Pick
3 87 23 Rams pick
4 111 11 Rams pick (via Dolphins)
4 135 35 Rams pick (via Giants)
4 136 36 Rams pick (via Patriots)
6 176 2 Rams pick (via Giants)
6 183 9 Rams pick (via Dolphins)
6 194 20 Rams pick (via Lions)
6 195 21 Rams pick (via Bills)

Suffice to say, the Rams are sacrificing long-term stability for the chance at short-term success. I suppose most people’s ultimate feelings about it will be (a) how much success the Rams have in the end and (b) if Cooks stays in LA beyond 2018.

As it pertains to the draft, it’s going to make for some passive entertainment for the first two rounds. The Rams don’t have a single pick in the first 86 selections and have just one in the first 110. So be it.

This isn’t a team building a future so much as they’re trying to capitalize on the window that’s open now.

With the offseason program starting in just two weeks, that effort to capitalize on this window begins in earnest soon.

Very soon.