EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The instant reaction of the Minnesota Vikings' draft started immediately after Minnesota went bold and picked three players in the first round, with analysts lauding the moves made by Vikings general manager Rick Spielman.
All three players were considered first-round talents and Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson fell further than many pundits believed they would. Minnesota didn't hesitate to draft Floyd at No. 23, pick Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes at No. 25 and then swing a big trade with the New England Patriots to jump back into the first round and grab Patterson.
The trade meant a slow second day of the draft, with no picks for the Vikings, but the team ended with six more picks on the final day.
Grading a draft the day afterward can be an exercise in futility, but here is how some analysts are saying Minnesota did with its nine picks:
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