The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and there are going to be plenty of rumors until draft day.
The Cleveland Browns front office did a fantastic job acquiring talent last offseason.
Both the draft and free agency went well for Cleveland.
This team is in prime position to compete with plenty of picks heading into the 2021 draft.
Which means, Cleveland could decide to trade a player or draft pick in order to get some veteran talent that can make an impact right away.
3. Texans Trade WR Brandin Cooks For 4th Round Pick
It sounds like the Houston Texans are headed towards a complete rebuild this offseason.
That means, wide receiver Brandin Cooks could be on the move.
The 27-year-old is coming off a bounce back campaign in 2020.
Brandin Cooks OVER 70.5 Rec Yds ✅
— ThriveFantasy App (@ThriveFantasy) January 3, 2021
Through 15 games, Cooks hauled in 81 receptions, 1,150 receiving yards, and six touchdowns in 2020.
It’s unclear if Odell Beckham Jr. will be in Cleveland next season or what condition he’ll be in after tearing his ACL mid-season.
Cleveland could use another receiver in case Rashard Higgins walks or regresses next season.
Cooks is owed $12 million or more for each of the next three seasons.
Houston likely won’t want to pay that salary while rebuilding their roster.
They’d likely accept a late fourth round pick in exchange for Cooks.
2. Vikings Trade LB Eric Kendricks For Case Keenum, 5th Round Pick
At first glance, this might seem like an odd move for the Minnesota Vikings.
Obviously, they have Kirk Cousins at quarterback, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the front office move in another direction.
This organization could be headed towards a possible rebuild, which could mean Cousins is on the block.
He’s owed big money and this team needs to get younger and do it quickly.
In this scenario, the Vikings would draft a quarterback and have Case Keenum as the starter until the rookie is ready.
Keenum had his best year of his career as a member of the Vikings.
ARE YOU SERIOUS?!
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 15, 2018
Along with Keenum, the Vikings would receive a fifth round pick in exchange for linebacker Eric Kendricks.
The 28-year-old linebacker would be perfect fit for the Browns roster.
He has been reliable throughout his career and has recorded five straight seasons with 100 tackles or more.
The Browns biggest weakness is their lack of talent at the linebacker spot.
Kendricks is a veteran player that gives the Browns defense an immediate upgrade.
1. Patriots Trade 2nd Round, 4th Round, WR N’Keal Harry For Odell Beckham Jr.
This season, the New England Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
This organization is used to winning, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them make a few significant moves this offseason.
Honestly, one of the biggest problems for this team is that they don’t have an impact player on offense.
Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would be ideal for a team like the Patriots.
Beckham was never able to live up to expectations in Cleveland and it could be time for a change of scenery.
He’s coming off a significant injury, which is going to hurt his trade value.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 26, 2020
Despite the injury, Beckham is still a superstar player that is worth a haul of talent.
Realistically, giving up two draft picks and a young receiver in N’Keal Harry should be enough to land OBJ coming off a major injury.
Harry has not been able to live up to the expectations of being taken in the first round.
There is still plenty of potential there, but Harry would be quality depth with decent upside.
This seems like a win-win for both organizations, but we’ll see what happens on draft day.