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The first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night was nearing its end as Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman fielded questions inside the Winter Park fieldhouse about Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
After answering nine questions, Spielman excused himself as team spokesman Tom West explained that the GM would be back shortly. Spielman then sprinted toward the team's draft room, where assistant general manager George Paton and director of college scouting Scott Studwell were working the phones.
Turns out there was a good reason Spielman had to take a break.
Shortly thereafter the Vikings were back on the clock with their third pick of the first round, having traded a second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round choice to New England for the 29th pick. The Vikings used that selection on Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
"We had talked about potentially moving up to try to go get him (Friday), but when something came to fruition tonight while I was talking to you guys we wanted to jump on that," Spielman said. "We were very, very aggressive to go do that just because I know what he can do as a receiver. But especially what he can do as a potential punt and kickoff returner because he is magic in that area as well."