Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/3/14
As a Vols fan, it was nice seeing a former player go in the first round of the NFL Draft after another abysmal year.However, that doesn't mean the pick will work out.When the Vikings took Cordarrelle Patterson 29th overall, it seemed like a good move until they revealed what was given up: a second, third, fourth and seventh round pick.  That's basically the Vikings' entire draft!The Vikings selected Patterson because of his elite athleticism. That alone is worth the gamble, but he is also extremely raw and only played in D-1 football for one season.There are also concerns about Patterson's ability to learn a playbook and run the proper routes.While I expect him to have an impact in the return game immediately, you don't take a player in the first round with those intentions. I feel they could've waited until the second round to get him, but then again, I have no clue what goes on in those war rooms.Cordarrelle Patterson will bust in Minnesota because of these three reasons:Experienc...
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  • The Vikings didn't give up their 2nd round draft pick. They moved that pick up to the 1st round. This draft class was not supposed to be very deep with the positions the Vikings needed it to be. Minnesota went with Patterson because he can return kickoffs right away.
  • I'm betting Patterson will be a rookie of the year candidate. He is a full time football player now and that will be the difference someone with that athleticism needs to be great. As for the picks given up? Who cares? they had 11 to start with and ended up with 5 total. 3 in the 1st round. I personally couldnt be happier with what they did vs what they needed to do. If hes a bust, well I highly doubt it but then Spielman will have some serious explaining to do.

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