The New England Patriots have indeed traded their 29th pick, handing it over to Minnesota in exchange for second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round picks.
(Told you the Patriots’ pulses race over offers like that.)
Which gave the Vikings the opportunity to take … a wide receiver to replace Percy Harvin (now in Seattle). They’re taking Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson, not linebacker Manti Te’o.
Cordarrelle Patterson can do things similar to what Harvin did, and he’s a lot bigger and he’s cheaper. Just feed him the rock, Ponder.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 26, 2013
The trade kind of messed up the plan for a tribute to Boston, although it still was an emotional moment when former player Joe Andruzzi stepped up and spoke. Andruzzi was hosting a fundraiser near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded.
After a few bars of “Sweet Caroline,” Andruzzi announced the trade, then Roger Goodell announced the Vikings’ pick.