Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) is introduced as the twenty ninth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings trade back into Round one take WR Cordarrelle Patterson at 29 Overall

GM Rick Spielman does it again.  The Vikings already had two 1st Round picks where they used them on Florida DT Sharrif Floyd and FSU CB Xavier Rhodes.  Like the end of the draft last year, the Vikings traded back into Round One and selected Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson.

This pick I question.  The Vikings have multiple needs and while having three first round picks is great we have many holes to fill.  This leaves a gaping hole at Middle Linebacker and no draft pick in site to address.

The Vikings gave up their 2nd Round (52 overall), 3rd Round (83 Overall), 4th Round (pick they got via Detriot) and a seventh round pick. That is a king’s ransom for any player with so many holes.

Here is a scouting report on Patterson from Yahoo Sports:

Pros Big, physical receiver who comes off the line with burst and authority. Will win physical battles that other receivers simply aren’t equipped to. Has a great frame for an ‘A’-level receiver — good musculature, strong upper body. Blocks well to help with run support — sporadically with his technique, but almost like a tight end at times. Runs straight-line routes with outstanding glide and gets up to top speed (which is very impressive for his size) in a hurry. Has a natural ability to move and cut in traffic that makes him a potential yards-after-catch nightmare for every defenses. Not afraid to grab the pass in traffic when he know he’s going to get hit. Drives upfield after the short and intermediate catch and uses his physical nature to bull through tackles. Plants and cuts well on drive routes (slants, in-cuts, drags).

Can be a real factor in the return game, where his combination of size, speed, and agility really show up. Reads the action in front of him well and cuts decisively to get away from tacklers. Has that final gear to excel as a deep returner, as well as a deep seam and boundary receiver. Dynamic red zone target who understands how to get his body in front of defenders quickly in short spaces. Has the physical characteristics to play the “X” spot as the isolated receiver, but may really shine as a “Z” at the next level, where he can take coverage off the top and open things up for other targets. Rushing ability will transfer to the NFL and could make him an interesting multi-formation player.

Cons: Patterson’s lack of high-level experience shows up very clearly in his lack of overall route development and awareness, and this isn’t an issue that can be corrected overnight. Played in a simple, mostly single-read offense, which stunted his development. Doesn’t always transition well to catch out of quick-breaking routes, which seems to be more a function of concentration and technique, because he will catch balls in traffic. The eye-to-hands connection is a work in progress, and he’ll suffer lapses in concentration and ball security as a result.

What he brings to the team: Everything but route awareness. There are times on tape where he appears virtually uncoverable, and it’s relatively easy to put some of the blame for the bad plays on abasic offensive system, a lack of experience, and a highly erratic quarterback. In the right system, and under a coaching staff who will not expect too much from him right away in the route-running department, Patterson could be a rookie impact player. And especially in this system, he’s a perfect replacement for Percy Harvin.

Was it the right pick? The Vikings have won the draft so far, and by trading back into the first round to nab Patterson, they’ve gone all in.

That is a great recap by Yahoo Sports

and it seems the Vikings made a desperation pick and lost the valuable mid-round picks where this draft is the strongest.

The Vikings now don’t have a draft pick until the late 4th round which is too late to get an impact middle linebacker.  That is unless Speilman kind find a way to get back into the second round.


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  • brian199511

    Slick Rick will work it out and get a LB. I also hope he drafts Marquess Wilson to round out the WR position.

  • Mandooooo

    Yeah I’m pretty sure just swapping our second round picks with the Pats, giving them just a 3rd and a 4th..and a 7th (like we’re going to find anything in the 7th we won’t be able to get out of the undrafted agents) was desperation. People have been bitching about the WR position all offseason, we get Jennings and draft a potential stud to learn from the best and people still bitch. Get a life. We still have a 3rd, 4th and I think 2, 7th rounders, plus picks from next year. Old Slick Rick will get us back into it today if he sees something he likes. Don’t you worry. Our secondary has vastly imporved by adding just Rhodes, our D-line just got better, not only in stuffing the rush but blocking the pass (both of which we’ll need for NFCN and the Hawks and Skins)… and we have a stud WR to groom who has way more talent and potential than Harvin. And you’re seriously going to bitch and call it desperate. We made moves, smart moves. We traded picks that could very well turn out to be busts for all we know, for the players our awesome coaches and scouts(…remember LAST years draft? They did pretty awesomely I would say) liked for our team. I mean hey, at least we didn’t pull a Packer and draft a no-name DE, that we really didn’t need, when there were WAY BETTER players at every OTHER position. The Pack got worse last night, while we got better.

    • Mandooooo

      Oh yeah and don’t forget even after getting “fleeced” by the Pats, we could still make 8 freaking picks in this draft… get real folks. At the End of the 1st round when ALL 3 of these players were “supposed” to be gone, Slick Rick got it done.

  • MikeH123

    Using 3 picks to get the split end WR Patterson cost them, not only a good young MLB in the 3rd round, not only a decent guard in the early 4th round, but even more importantly a good possession WR for Ponder. Spielman still won’t admit he reached badly for Ponder, who clearly doesn’t have the arm to fully utilize a deep threat like Patterson. Spielman and Ponder have no more excuses.

  • Jake

    Stop with Teo stuff already. Shefter and Kiper were killing me all night with their Teo cheerleading. Obviously he isn’t the prospect the talking heads think he is. The Vikes passed on him three times along with everyone else including the Bears and Ravens who both need MLB’s. This was a great first round. Patterson is a good pick. We all know that by the time the Vikes picked in the 2nd round all the WR would be gone, Patterson, Hunter, Allen, all of them would be gone. They made the right move to get the most talented WR left in the draft. Either they plan to move back into the 2nd or 3rd round for a MLB or they think between Cole and Henderson and possibly Urlacher they have it covered. Either way they owned the first round.

  • Daniel Laxen

    The Vikings have no picks until the 4th round now…Package Toby and a 4th for a 2nd rounder and take the Ganja Badger! There is still Urlacher as a MLB as a free agent…