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Minnesota Vikings sign three first-round draft picks

As expected, rookie signings are flowing in at a rapid clip with training camps under way from east to west.

The Minnesota Vikings announced early Thursday that defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has signed his rookie contract.

Soon after, the Vikings announced the signings of their two remaining first-rounders, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Financial terms of the contracts were undisclosed.

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Chosen with the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Floyd is the highest interior lineman selected by the Vikings since they grabbed Kevin Williams at ninth overall in 2003.

Floyd was a force at Florida, but he figures to come off the bench to spell Williams in the Vikings' four-man front. Rhodes, the 25th overall pick, and Patterson, taken at No. 29, should see first-team action right away. Rhodes is penciled in as a starting corner opposite Chris Cook, and Patterson will partner with Greg Jennings to give quarterback Christian Ponder two new weapons in the passing game.

Floyd was seen by many draft experts as a potential top-five pick, and the Vikings were fortunate to grab the three-technique lineman where they did. Accused by some as being a product of hype, Floyd was a pre-draft favorite of NFL Network's Mike Mayock -- who called him the draft's "most explosive defensive tackle" -- and NFL Films guru Greg Cosell, who labeled Floyd "without question" the top college prospect in all the land.

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