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Continued: As Vikings know from last year, NFL draft has unexpected surprises

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 27, 2014 - 8:58 AM

“I got off the phone and we said, ‘Where’s Rick?’ We better track him down,’  ” Paton said. “I don’t have that kind of authority.”

That’s when Price took off on his race against time.

“The Patriots called back when [Price] was chasing down Tom West,” Paton said. “They said, ‘We’ll do it if you throw in a seventh-round pick, too.’ ”

Paton and the Vikings knew that likely was their one and only chance to get Patterson. And, well, tick, tick, tick …

Odd deal breaker

“Cordarrelle was going to go to the Cowboys at No. 31,” Paton said. “We had pretty good intel after the fact. Derek Dooley was there as their new receivers coach, and he had been the head coach at Tennessee. You never know, but Cordarrelle was too talented to last to the second round.”

Now back in the room, Spielman was interested but made it clear that he wanted Paton and Brzezinski to recoup the seventh-round pick that Belichick emphasized as a deal maker or breaker.

“Rob and I promised him we’d get it back,” Paton said. “In the later rounds, it’s not that hard if you work the phones hard enough.”

With the Patriots on the clock, Caserio called back. Spielman pulled the trigger.

Two days later, Paton and Brzezinski retrieved the same exact pick (No. 229) that they traded to New England. By trading down in the sixth round with Tampa Bay, the Vikings obtained the pick, which they had gotten in an earlier trade with the Patriots.

Raise your hand if you knew that the Vikings used that 229th pick to select defensive tackle Everett Dawkins.

Or that he was released in training camp and is now with Tampa Bay. Or if you care much beyond the fact Patterson is a Viking.

Trader Rick

Spielman has traded three times in two first rounds as a general manager with final say. He traded down once, up twice and has collected five players who are projected starters this season. Left tackle Matt Kalil and Patterson already have made the Pro Bowl. Free safety Harrison Smith and Rhodes should be defensive cornerstones for years. And Floyd’s grade is an incomplete because his rookie reps were so limited behind Williams.

Patterson could end up being the best of those five picks. Especially when one considers how much work and how little time went into pulling off the trade that made it happen.

“It was strange at the time because Steve Price is not someone who would ever be at a news conference,” West said. “I looked up and he’s grabbing me near the podium. And I’m thinking, ‘Why would Steve Price be coming to see me?’ ”

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Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer 1 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 3
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5
Kansas City - WP: W. Davis 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: Z. Putnam 1
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 4 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 6
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: T. Walker 2
Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez 11 FINAL
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 5
Los Angeles 1 Top 6th Inning
Pittsburgh 5
San Francisco 0 Delayed
Philadelphia 0
Texas 1 Bottom 5th Inning
NY Yankees 2
Boston 3 Top 5th Inning
Toronto 3
Miami 1 Top 6th Inning
Atlanta 5
Tampa Bay 1 Bottom 4th Inning
St. Louis 0
San Diego 2 Top 3rd Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
Houston - B. Peacock 9:05 PM
Oakland - J. Chavez
Baltimore - C. Tillman 9:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
Chicago 9:30 PM
San Jose
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut 75 FINAL
Washington 89
New York 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon




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