Vols Patterson picked by Vikings

Vols Patterson picked by Vikings

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By JIM WOGAN
6 Sports Director

NEW YORK (WATE) - Much like his ability to dodge defenders in college, former Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson took the scenic route to the National Football League on Thursday night.

Patterson was expected to be a first-round pick in opening night of action in the NFL Draft, and he was, with some added drama.

Patterson went untouched until the 29th pick which was owned by the New England Patriots.

The Minnesota Vikings made a last-second move, offering the Patriots four draft picks to obtain the 29th selection.

When the did, they took Patterson, a player who made the most of his one season at Tennessee.

Patterson made 46 catches for more than 700 yards in 2012. He also gained more than 800 yards on punt and kick returns.

Patterson is one of six former Vols who may hear their names announced in New York. 

Quarterback Tyler Bray, receivers Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers, offensive lineman Dallas Thomas and Tight End Mychal Rivera are also hoping to be drafted.

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