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April 26, 2013

Vikings make big splash at end of 1st round

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —

Then came the biggest move of the night, when the Vikings paid a hefty to price to jump back into the first round for Patterson, a raw receiver with only one season of major college experience. He was a junior college transfer at Tennessee, but his ability to make plays after the catch and in the return game proved too much for the Vikings to pass up.

"We were very, very aggressive to go do that because I know what he can do as a receiver, but especially what he can do as a potential punt and kickoff returner," Spielman said. "Because he is magic in that area as well."

Patterson had 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns last year and said he feels a sense of responsibility to the Vikings after they gave up so much to draft him.

"It means a lot to me," Patterson said. "From not expecting to be on the Vikings, it was great to see all that they gave up to get me. I feel like I can be a great player for them."

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