FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- How did Thursday's trade unfold from a Vikings perspective?
Just as Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio explained from the New England side, things also came together quickly for the Vikings. So quickly, in fact, that general manager Rick Spielman had to cut short a news conference, while head coach Leslie Frazier was conducting a radio interview at the time the deal was being made.
Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities captures the scene:
The first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night was nearing its end as Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman fielded questions inside the Winter Park fieldhouse about Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
After answering nine questions, Spielman excused himself as team spokesman Tom West explained that the GM would be back shortly. Spielman then sprinted toward the team's draft room, where assistant general manager George Paton and director of college scouting Scott Studwell were working the phones.
Turns out there was a good reason Spielman had to take a break.
Shortly thereafter the Vikings were back on the clock with their third pick of the first round, having traded a second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round choice to New England for the 29th pick. The Vikings used that selection on Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
"We had talked about potentially moving up to try to go get him (Friday), but when something came to fruition tonight while I was talking to you guys we wanted to jump on that," Spielman said. "We were very, very aggressive to go do that just because I know what he can do as a receiver. But especially what he can do as a potential punt and kickoff returner because he is magic in that area as well."
Likewise, Frazier also had to cut short a radio interview.
"Before I left to go do the interview I had just talked to Rick and some of our other people about, 'What do we have to do to get back in the first (round) or do we have to wait until (Friday) to have chance to go back and get Cordarrelle,'" Frazier said. "They said, 'It may have to be (Friday).' It, of course, turned out to be tonight so that was great."
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