Oct 12, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs with the ball during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Minnesota Vikings select Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with 29th-overall pick


The Minnesota Vikings got their wide receiver.

The Vikings made a surprise move by trading back into the first round to select Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the 2013 NFL Draft.

In order to select Patterson, Minnesota traded it’s 52nd-, 83rd, 102nd- and 229th-overall picks for the New England Patriots’ 29th-overall pick.

Patterson has the ability to separate on vertical routes, giving quarterback Christian Ponder the deep threat the team has been looking for. He is considered raw because of just one season at the FBS level, but he is one of the more naturally talented pass catchers to come along in the last few years.

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