With two first-round picks heading into Thursday's first night of the NFL draft, most analysts expected the Minnesota Vikings would spend one of them on a wide receiver.
But when Minnesota went with defense at Nos. 23 and 25 -- taking Florida lineman Sharrif Floyd and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes -- it seemed finding a running mate for newly signed free agent Greg Jennings would have to wait for another day.
In fact, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was holding a press conference to discuss those defensive picks when he sprinted out of the room. A few minutes later, a trade with the Patriots was announced, and the Vikings had moved into the No. 29 spot to select Tennessee wideout Cordarrelle Patterson.
Minnesota traded second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round picks to get Patterson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder who caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns in one season with the Volunteers. The idea is clearly to complement Jennings' ability to work anywhere on ...