Vikings sign three first-round picks

The Vikings finished signing their 2013 draft class by getting all three of their first-round draft picks under contract Thursday morning, about six hours before their deadline to check into training camp in Mankato.

The Minnesota Vikings have their entire 2013 draft class signed and ready to deliver to Minnesota State University in Mankato for Thursday's check-in to training camp. Their three first-round picks all signed their rookie contracts Thursday morning.

The Vikings first announced the signing of defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd shortly after 9 a.m., and within an hour the signings of receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and cornerback Xavier Rhodes were announced.

Floyd was the first of the Vikings' three first-round selections in April, drafted No. 23 overall. He is the highest drafted defensive tackle by the Vikings since Kevin Williams (No. 9 overall) in 2003.

All three players signed four-year contracts with the club option for a fifth year.

According to the NFL's slotting system of draft picks, Floyd's deal should be worth about $8 million with a signing bonus of about $4.2 million.

"I didn't want to send a bad vibe to the team or anything like that. I really wanted to get that done and I'm glad it got done. Everything worked out," Floyd said.

During his three seasons at Florida, Floyd recorded 115 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 4½ sacks. He earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2012.

Rhodes was selected 25th overall, the first cornerback taken by the Vikings in the first round since Dewayne Washington (No. 18 overall) in 1994. His contract should be worth about $7.8 million with a signing bonus just over $4 million.

"Relief. All the work paid off and now it's time to go show what I worked hard for. It's a dream come true. Happy to be here," Rhodes said. "… I was ready for that to be over so I can get ready for the season with my teammates."

Rhodes had three interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2012, garnering first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and was named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award.

Patterson was drafted 29th overall after the Vikings traded second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round picks to move back up into the first round and select him. His contract should be worth about $7.2 million with a signing bonus of about $3.6 million.

"It was great. I couldn't sleep last night. I had to call my mom and tell her what was going to be happening," said Patterson, who said he couldn't fall asleep until 4 or 5 a.m. last night. "My life's going to change a little bit. I told her I'm excited, and she told me was happy for me.

"I wasn't nervous. I talked to my agent last night. He guided me the whole way through and told me what was going to happen. He told me when I wake up, give him a call. So when I woke up, I gave him a call. He went over the same things with me this morning."

After spending two years at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, Patterson played the 2012 season at Tennessee, where he led the SEC by averaging 158.43 all-purpose yards per game on his way to first-team all-conference honors.

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