EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson finally made their way to Minnesota on Friday morning, finishing a whirlwind NFL draft tour started at Radio City Music Hall in New York City the night before.
The trio the newest Minnesota Vikings after being taken with the 23rd, 25th, and 29th selections were picked up from the airport in a limousine. They were whisked to the Mall of America, where they witnessed the appreciation of Vikings fans before heading to the team's facilities at Winter Park. Greeting them there were owners Mark and Zygi Wilf and the rest of the Vikings' staff.
The excitement over Minnesota's newest additions had an almost tangible feel around Winter Park.
"The energy was ecstatic," said Floyd, the big defensive tackle who was the first of the Vikings' picks. "Everyone was happy and greeting us with open arms, and we felt like we were part of the family as soon as we walked into this foundation; we're just glad to be here."