Even though the Vikings ultimately lost to the Baltimore Ravens, it is hard to discount Patterson's 255 all-purpose yardage, which included a 79 yard touchdown reception with 45 seconds left to give Minnesota a four-point lead.
The Jets may have lost 19-3 to Baltimore last week but don't blame the rookie from Missouri, who played "grown man football" by leading the league's No. 1 rated run defense in tackles against the defending champs.
All of the focus was on the healthy return of veteran pass-catchers Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola but the rookie from Marshall wound up being Tom Brady's favorite target against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Patriots hit it big with two former Marshall receivers in Randy Moss and Troy Brown. Does second-round pick Aaron Dobson have the combination of size, speed to give Tom Brady the vertical option this offense is missing?
Teams swinging for the fences in the first round often come up empty, but a more measured, logical approach often results in better players drafted in later rounds. No one did that better Friday night than last year's Super Bowl opponents. Which other teams fared well in rounds two and three?