Calling himself "just a special player," Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson did a self-evaluation of his skills after the Vikings used the 29th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, April 25, to select him.

"My strength is with the ball in my hands," Patterson said in a conference call. "I feel I can throw it and run it. I'm still working on my route running, learning coverage."

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman lauded Patterson's skills as a kick and punt returner, saying "this guy can do as much or more as Percy (Harvin) as a returner."

The Vikings traded Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in March for picks in the first round and seventh round of this year's draft and a mid-round pick in 2014.

The Vikings traded their second, third, fourth and seventh round picks to New England for the Patriots' first-round spot -- the 29th overall pick -- and drafted Patterson. He was the Vikings' third selection in the first round after Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (23rd) and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes (25th).