The deal was made with New England late in Thursday night’s first round.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was holding 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.