From the moment the Minnesota Vikings made perhaps the draft's biggest move by trading a bevy of picks to acquire Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round, they've talked about a "plan" for developing the talented, but raw receiver.

Decision makers like general manager Rick Spielman and Leslie Frazier haven't publicly spoken of details, instead offering generalizations about how they will handle Patterson, who played only one season of major college football at Tennessee. In conjunction with receivers coach George Stewart, they will have specific ideas on how to handle Patterson, because the playmaking ability is obvious on tape.

One reason for the plan is Patterson's inexperience and his lack of refinement as an outside receiver. The other is the reported issues with his intelligence and ability to pick up NFL offenses and a reported lack of work ethic. Patterson has heard the reports.

"People just want to go off of what they hear, that 'He don't want to do this. He don't want to do that,'" Patterson said. "But I just tell them just come and hear my side of the story. I'm ready to work. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to be a part of this team."

If Patterson is ready to learn, the Vikings will be one step ahead. The "plan" now comes into effect with Minnesota starting organized team activities next week.

"We have to have a specific plan, which we talked about, when he comes into the building, 'OK, how are we going to develop him?'," Spielman said. "We have a very strong receiver coach in George Stewart, who I think's the best in the NFL. I think Bill Musgrave is very innovative in how to get the ball in playmakers' hands. To go out and sign a Greg Jennings this offseason and to have him under the tutelage of a Greg Jennings, who's not only a great football player, but a true pro's pro.

"That's our responsibility to bring this kid along. Because he's a great kid and he's a hard worker. So if you have those two things going for you, and he's willing to put in the work, we expect him to develop and be a player."

While the Vikings won't discuss their plans, there might be clues in how they handled another versatile, playmaking receiver who wasn't a natural outside receiver: Percy Harvin.

Harvin was more experienced and refined coming out of Florida as a first-round rookie in 2009. But there are similarities. Harvin and Patterson have both succeeded by getting the ball in their hands in unconventional ways and letting their instincts take over.