NEW YORK -- Though Cordarrelle Patterson is considered a raw prospect after beginning his college career at the junior college level, the Vikings were mighty impressed by what he accomplished in his one season at the University of Tennessee.
In fact, they were so impressed that they gave up four (!) draft picks to the Patriots in order to trade up and grab him with the No. 29 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday.
After breaking a slew of school records while at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, he had a fantastic season for the Volunteers in 2012, leading one former coach to say that Patterson is more explosive than Randy Moss once was. Though some scouts said Patterson wasn't as focused or mature as they'd like to see, his talent might supercede all of those criticisms.
The Vikings obviously believe so, though some have warned that Patterson -- more than most other potential first-rounders in this draft -- is the kind of high-risk draft pick that could turn out to be a bust rather than a highly successful NFL receiver. And if that's the case, Minnesota gave up a ton of picks in order to draft a bust.
As always, we shall see.