Vikings believe their Pat hand was a winner

Vikings believe their Pat hand was a winner
April 26, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Does the Patriots-Vikings draft day trade appear equal to you? The value chart says it's close. But maybe you can't shake the feeling New England's swap of its 29th overall pick for four Minnesota selections was something akin to robbery.  

The Vikings, as of now, don't care about the outside analysis. They got what they wanted. 

Minnesota's windfall came late in the first round, where the Vikes started the night with two selections. First, they got former Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd at No. 23. Then came a Florida State product, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, at 25. General Manager Rick Spielman was satisfied with his team's choices. Somehow, the chips fell in a way that the Vikings could remain patient and still upgrade their defense in a big way. 

“With Sharrif Floyd, I went through 1,000 scenarios with that 23rd and 25th pick,” Spielman said at his Thursday press conference, “and I can just tell you honestly that he was not [available] in one of those scenarios.”

But before the GM could even finish gushing, he was called back into the war room. New England was looking for a trade partner; Minnesota had a plan in mind. 

Picks 52, 83, 102, and 229 were shipped to the Patriots and Spielman stepped before the press once more. For the third time on Thursday, the Vikings got their man: Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. 

“When you watch the tape on him, when they put him in the backfield and pitched him the ball, if you throw him a bubble screen, when you see him go downfield, you’re talking about a 6-1, 215-pound receiver who runs a 4.3 [second 40-yard dash]. He’s electric with the ball in his hands," Spielman said. 

And a solid special teams player, to boot. 

It remains to be seen whether or not Patterson can exercise the ghost of Percy Harvin -- gone this offseason to Seattle -- in his rookie year, but Minnesota likes his potential. 

So much so, that it made dancing with the Patriots relatively painless.