The rumors began swirling on Thursday morning, with the news that a few teams were looking to trade up into the end of the first round to select a quarterback. The Patriots, with just five picks in the entire draft and a history of trading down for more selections, were a prime candidate, and when they went on the clock on Thursday night, nobody was surprised to hear that a deal had been reached.
New England traded the 29th pick in the NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings, who already had two first rounders and were not thought to be among the teams looking to move back up. With their new selection, the Vikings took Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. In the deal, the Patriots received the Vikes’ second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round picks, numbers 52, 83, 102 and 229 overall.