Vikings Take 3 Players in 1st Round of NFL Draft
The Minnesota Vikings took Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft.
Floyd had 13 tackles for loss and 6½ sacks for the Gators as a junior last season. He was initially projected to go in the top 10 of Thursday night's first round, but tumbled to No. 23. The Vikings have a history of taking Gators who tumbled after scoring big with receiver Percy Harvin in 2009.
The Vikings have a need for depth at defensive tackle with Kevin Williams aging. He is 6-foot-2 and 297 pounds and will get a chance to learn from one of the best defensive linemen in franchise history as a rookie.
Just two picks later, the Vikings were on the clock again and selected Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes with the 25th overall pick. He should should help replace Antoine Winfield, who the Vikings let go in the offseason.The Vikings still weren't done. They traded up to take Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th selection overall.
The deal was made with New England late in Thursday night's first round.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman held a news conference to discuss the team's first two first-rounders, defensive tackle Shariff Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. He then sprinted out of the room and the trade was announced a short time later.
Patterson addresses another big need after the team traded star Percy Harvin to Seattle in the offseason. He will give quarterback Christian Ponder the big, outside receiver he's been missing.