By Darrell Patterson
With the 29th pick in the Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings picked Tennessee Vols wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Vikings traded four draft picks to the New England Patriots to get that 29th pick.
Patterson becomes the 331st Tennessee product selected, and the 44th taken in the first round. Patterson is the 11th Vols receiver to be selected in the first round and first since Robert Meachem in 2007 by the Saints.
A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Patterson played one season for Tennessee, starting all 12 games and setting the school record for all-purpose yardage with 1,873 total yards.
He earned First Team All-SEC honors from both league coaches and the Associated Press as the all-purpose player and All-SEC Second Team accolades from league coaches as the return specialist.
Patterson caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 25 times for 323 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned four punts for 101 yards and one touchdown and 24 kickoffs for 671 yards and a touchdown.
Patterson scored a touchdown via kickoff return, punt return, receiving, and rushing, joining Carl Pickens (receiving, kickoff return, punt return, interceptions return) as the only players in Tennessee history to score a touchdown four different ways in a career.
Patterson is one of three Vols to score via both kickoff and punt return in the same season and one of only four to do so in a UT career, and his 275 all-purpose yards against Mississippi State in 2012 are the second-most in a game in school history.
Patterson was one of a record twelve SEC players taken in the first round. Three members of Alabama's BCS championship team went 9th, 10th and 11th... defensive back Dee Milliner to the Jets, offensive guard Chance Warmack to the Titans and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker to the Chargers.
ROUND 1 SEC PICKS:
2-Jacksonville Jaguars-Luke Joeckel-OT-Texas A&M
6-Cleveland Browns-Barkevious Mingo-DE-LSU
9-New York Jets-Dee Milliner-CB-Alabama
10-Tennessee Titans-Chance Warmack-OG-Alabama
11-San Diego Chargers-DJ Fluker-OT-Alabama
13-New York Jets-Sheldon Richardson-DT-Missouri
17-Pittsburgh Steelers-Jarvis Jones-LB-Georgia
18-San Francisco 49ers-Eric Reid-S-LSU
23-Minnesota Vikings-Sharrif Floyd-DT-Florida
29-Minnesota Vikings-Cordarrelle Patterson-WR-Tennessee
30-St. Louis Rams-Alec Ogletree-LB-Georgia
32-Baltimore Ravens-Matt Elam-S-Florida
Rounds two and three will be held Friday night, rounds 4-7 on Saturday. A total of 254 players will be drafted.