New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick traded down in the 2013 NFL draft, which allowed the Minnesota Vikings to trade up for wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
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The New England Patriots had traded out of the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, and they received four draft picks in return. Their trading partner, the Minnesota Vikings, received the 29th overall pick and used it to draft wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Patterson has already made a significant impact for the Vikings offense in his second professional season, as he broke free for a 67-yard touchdown run in the Vikings’ season-opening win against the St. Louis Rams.
The Vikings are set to play the Patriots next, and head coach Bill Belichick will undoubtedly be game planning for the explosive playmaker.
The three-time Super Bowl champion coach said that he has no regrets about not staying put and drafting Patterson. “We made the decision based on what we felt was best for our team,” Belichick told the Star Tribune.
Ironically, Patterson wears No. 84 for the Vikings, which is the same number future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss wore in Minnesota before he was eventually traded to the Patriots.
In exchange for the pick the Vikings used to select Patterson, the Patriots received second-round, third-round, fourth-round and seventh-round picks.
These picks were used to select outside linebacker Jamie Collins, cornerback Logan Ryan and wide receiver Josh Boyce. The last pick was traded for running back LeGarrette Blount, who is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers.