When the Minnesota Vikings announced they were giving up their second (No. 52), third (No. 83), fourth (No. 120), and seventh (No. 229) round picks to the New England Patriots, ESPN was confident that it was so the Vikings could pick up Manti Te’o.
Well, ESPN was absolutely wrong.
The Vikings gave up their later picks to draft Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
When Patterson left junior college, he was considered the top recruit at that level. He ended up choosing Tennessee over Ole Miss, Georgia, and Auburn.
Although the Vols went 5-7 in Patterson’s only season with Tennessee, he had a significant impact on offense.
Patterson caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns. The star wide receiver also demonstrated his rushing ability, scoring three rushing touchdowns for the Vols.
Patterson also played on special teams, scoring one touchdown as a kick returner, and one as a punt returner.
Here’s a video showing highlights of Patterson’s career. Patterson's incredible kick return against Mississippi State can be seen at 2:30.
Patterson will join other first round draftees Sharif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes in Minnesota.