Much like the reported pre-draft meetings with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, the Minnesota Vikings met with Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson several times before the 2013 NFL Draft.
Minnesota had four pre-draft visits with Patterson, according to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.
The Vikings gathered enough information to pass on Te’o—not once but three times—and were impressed enough with Patterson that they traded four draft picks to move up and select him.
The team appears confident that wide receivers coach George Stewart and veteran wideout Greg Jennings will influence and mold Patterson to the player they think he can be. There are rumors that former Viking and current Hall of Famer Cris Carter will be involved during the offseason in working with the receiving corps as a consultant.
Patterson is one of the more naturally talented pass catchers to come along in the last few years. In addition to contributing to the offense right away, Patterson will likely be involved in special teams as a kick and punt returner.