Big trade marks first draft day for MN Vikings

9:49 AM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings had a very active first day of the NFL Draft, and the biggest drama happened towards the end of the night.

After taking Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd with the 23rd overall pick and following that up by taking Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes with the 25th pick, the Vikings then made a huge trade to get back into the 1st round.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman was addressing the media when the trade went down. He quickly left the press conference and just a few minutes later, the trade was announced.

Minnesota picked up the 29th pick from New England, but it came at a steep price. In return, the Vikings gave up their 2nd round pick (#52 overall), their 3rd round pick (#83 overall), and their top 4th round pick (#102 overall) and their final 7th round pick (#229 overall).

With the 29th pick, the Vikings took Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

In Floyd, the Vikings add to their depth on the defensive line. Floyd had 13 tackles for loss and 6½ sacks for the Gators as a junior last season. He was initially projected to go in the top 10 of Thursday night's first round, but tumbled to No. 23. The Vikings have a history of taking Gators who tumbled after scoring big with receiver Percy Harvin in 2009.

The Vikings have a need for depth at defensive tackle with Kevin Williams aging. He is 6-foot-2 and 297 pounds and will get a chance to learn from one of the best defensive linemen in franchise history as a rookie.

Just 2 picks later, Minnesota filled another one of their big holes as they took Rhodes. He had four interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a junior last season and gives the Vikings some much-needed size at cornerback in a division that features receivers Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall.

Rhodes will help the Vikings overcome the loss of veteran Antoine Winfield, who signed with Seattle after being released in the offseason.

Many people thought the Vikings would take a wide receiver in the 1st round and, while it cost them several draft picks, they eventually did pick up another target for Christian Ponder.

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.

The draft continues with rounds 2 and 3 on Friday and rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday.

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