The Minnesota Vikings traded back in the first round to help bolster their offense. After trading with the New England Patriots, the Vikings selected WR Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee.
The Vikings gave up picks No. 53, 83, 102 and 229 to grab Patterson with the No. 29 pick.
“It looks like a lot given up, but in essence, to go get a player like Cordarrelle Patterson, it was well worth it,” general manager Rick Spielman said.
When the Vikings traded back into the first-round, Patterson didn’t expect it would be to draft him.
“It means a lot to me,” Patterson said. “From not expecting to be on the Vikings, it was great to see all that they gave up to get me. I feel like I can be a great player for them.”
Patterson will help Christian Ponder in the passing game, in addition to being used a kick/punt returner.
“We were very, very aggressive to go do that because I know what he can do as a receiver, but especially what he can do as a potential punt and kickoff returner,” Spielman said. “Because he is magic in that area as well.”
In his one and only season at the FBS level, Patterson caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. The Vols also used Patterson out of the backfield, which is similar to Percy Harvin. Patterson totaled 208 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
Patterson was most dangerous as a kick returner. He compiled 617 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts. He averaged 27.6 yards combined on kickoff and punt returns, which was an SEC single-season record.