Cowboys get Amari Cooper from Raiders for 1st-round pick

Amari Cooper is heading to the Dallas Cowboys. More

Amari Cooper is heading to the Dallas Cowboys. More

Raiders underachieving receiver Amari Cooper was traded to the Cowboys for a No. 1 pick on Monday, continuing the team's systematic overhaul under new coach Jon Gruden.

Despite the drop-off in production, the Cowboys had a huge need to upgrade at receiver and Cooper immediately becomes the most-intriguing target in the passing game. While the 33-year-old has flashed upside this season, it's going to be worth watching to see what he can do as the go-to receiver.

The 24-year-old Cooper - five years younger than Bryant - was placed in the concussion protocol after leaving Oakland's last game against Seattle on October 14. "Chucky" had already traded away the team's best player in Khalil Mack, an elite pass rusher in his prime, hurting the team's chances of winning in the short-term, but giving them a plethora of premium picks with which to rebuild the team in Gruden's image. After all, the Raiders find themselves playing from behind a fair amount and this should equate to even more looks for Nelson.

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Oakland figures to have a good shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 2019 and has three first-rounders with the Cooper trade. Cooper has just 22 catches for 280 yards and one TD in six games.

And there is still star potential for Cooper despite his sub-par 2018 as he had 155 catches for 2,223 yards and 11 touchdowns over his first two seasons and made the Pro Bowl following each of them. The Cowboys drafted Michael Gallup in the third round and added veterans Tavon Austin, Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson to a group that included Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams.

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