I mean...it's hard to argue with the career results thus far...but I get what you are saying. Cooks has always been an interesting WR to me.
I think a big part of why NE didn't keep him was also cost. They didn't value him as a WR1, which is what he was going to cost to keep him. Not only that, Brady is not a good deep ball thrower, which negates some of Cooks' value.
But really my point was that NE has shown that they value playmakers in the passing game. I hope Ballard addresses WR early. Doesn't have to be a 1st...unless it's clearly BPA.
To me it does as long as they are convinced his problems are in his past. Remember any draft pick is not a proven NFL player. He might feel the guys he likes will not be there when he picks or the price to move up is to expensive in draft capital. This might be the way to go and he is proven and only 25. We shall see.
Coach Cutcliffe coaching, That white jersey with blue lettering, throwing primarily from the pocket only with an occasional movement outside the pocket...I see the similarities.
Only time will tell. I do agree with @ColtsBlueFL that anyone can be a practice stud but when the game is moving at high pace, the real QB that is capable of processing information shines brighter.