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Vikings take UT receiver Patterson at No. 29

12:06 AM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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The Minnesota Vikings have traded up to take Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th selection overall in the NFL draft.

The deal was made with New England late in Thursday night's first round.

A South Carolina native, Patterson played one season at Tennessee and started all 12 games, the university said. He becomes the 11th Vols receiver to be selected in a first round of the draft.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was holding a news conference to discuss the team's first two first-rounders, defensive tackle Shariff Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. He then sprinted out of the room and the trade was announced a short time later.

Patterson addresses another big need after the team traded star Percy Harvin to Seattle in the offseason. He will give quarterback Christian Ponder the big, outside receiver he's been missing.

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