EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP/WVLT) -- The Minnesota Vikings have traded up to take Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th selection overall in the NFL draft.
The deal was made with New England late in Thursday night's first round.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was holding a news conference to discuss the team's first two first-rounders, defensive tackle Shariff Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. He then sprinted out of the room and the trade was announced a short time later.
Patterson addresses another big need after the team traded star Percy Harvin to Seattle in the offseason. He will give quarterback Christian Ponder the big, outside receiver he's been missing.
It was a bit of a wait for Patterson, who joins
Knoxville native Harrison smith in Minnesota.
The Vikings get a guy who's a bit raw as far as experience only having played one season of division one ball after transferring to UT from community college, but as vol fans know CP's got tremendous talent., great hands and is very dangerous in the open field.
Patterson becomes the 331st Tennessee product selected, and the 44th taken in the first round. Patterson is the 11th Vols receiver to be selected in the first round and first since Robert Meachem in 2007 by the Saints.
The Vols 331 selections stand as the seventh-most of any program. The 44 first-round picks is tied for seventh all-time among any program. Tennessee now has 20 first-round NFL Draft selections over the last 20 years.
A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Patterson played one season for Tennessee, starting all 12 games and setting the school record for all-purpose yardage with 1,873 total yards. He earned First Team All-SEC honors from both league coaches and the Associated Press as the all-purpose player and All-SEC Second Team accolades from league coaches as the return specialist.
Patterson caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 25 times for 323 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned four punts for 101 yards and one touchdown and 24 kickoffs for 671 yards and a touchdown.
Patterson scored a touchdown via kickoff return, punt return, receiving, and rushing, joining Carl Pickens (receiving, kickoff return, punt return, interceptions return) as the only players in Tennessee history to score a touchdown four different ways in a career. Patterson is one of three Vols to score via both kickoff and punt return in the same season and one of only four to do so in a UT career, and his 275 all-purpose yards against Mississippi State in 2012 are the second-most in a game in school history.
Patterson the only Vol taken in the first round. The draft continues Friday in New York.
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