Vikings Trade Up to Get Vols Cordarrelle Patterson

Knoxville, TN - wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Tennessee Volunteers during photo media day. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics (Donald Page /Tennessee Athletics, University of Tennessee Athletics and UTSports.comAll Rights Reservedhttp://www.utsports.comcontact: utadphoto@utk.edu)
Knoxville, TN - wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Tennessee Volunteers during photo media day. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics (Donald Page /Tennessee Athletics, University of Tennessee Athletics and UTSports.comAll Rights Reservedhttp://www.utsports.comcontact: utadphoto@utk.edu)
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Updated: 4/25/2013 11:59 pm

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - 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.

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