Minnesota Vikings draft quarterback Christian Ponder

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Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder is hoisted into the air while celebrating after passing for a touchdown to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley #84 against the North Team during the fourth quarter of the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

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manny

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Spielman doesn't expect to draft at 12 again. Two questions then-why waste a high pick on the guy?And are you expecting top 5 next year?
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i like the Ponder pick- smart qb and actually has a reputation to hang a hat on. The booing of fans shows the level of thinking in MN Sports. Pathetic...
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No matter who was picked, most "fans" would have ripped the Vikings' brain trust. Um, Joe Montana wasn't available folks.

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Okay, let's see. Tennessee takes Locker. Jacksonville trades up for Gabbert. Miami picks a couple of spots behind you and there are rumors of QB interest. Buffalo, Cinci, and Arizona all pick at the front of the 2nd round and at least two of those teams will probably pick QB's. The Vikes tried to trade back later in the 1st but couldn't find any takers. What do you do? You make the pick that you think is going to land you the player that will help your club most, and in Minnesota that would be a QB. IMHO, the only QB's in the draft worth considering in the 1st round were Gabbert, Locker, and Ponder. Of them, Locker and Ponder made their teams much better than the talent around them warranted. Locker was gone. No body wants or needs to move up. You pull the trigger on Ponder? I would have preferred a different scenario but understand why they did what they did; smart kid, great leader, makes good decisions, accurate arm, good athleticism, pro-style offense.
Welcome to the Vikings Mr. Ponder.
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ESPN, FOX, CNN all said the Vikings panicked. This kid or Dalton from TCU would have been available in the 2nd round. Detroit took Farley now they have one of the best D-lines in the NFL. Pretty sad when we make Detroit Lions look smart.
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I was not thrilled with the selection of Ponder, but I have not interviewed him or witnessed any of his workouts. I am going to have a positive attitude and hope that the professionals who have met with and worked out Ponder saw something. I do know we need a QB and TJ was not progressing and well Farve is gone. Does anyone really think that even if we get McNabb, that he will be the answer? Although I like Webb's toughness and so forth, I am not sure he is the long term answer. I think we should give Ponder a fair chance and built a strong offensive line to protect him. Plus, look how Flacco and Ryan have worked out, and I bet many of you would have been critical if the Vikings had selected them when they were available.
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as i posted earlier, i was surprised as anyone that CP was our 12. does he have health issues...maybe, but as he said they weren't as serious as all of those medical experts (draft pundits), said they were. are there concerns with his arm strength...probably...however, keep this in mind...when asked if he threw darts at balloons...Joe Montane replied...i throw balloons at darts: the last time i checked...he wasn't too shabby as a QB. there are (IMO), 2 things in CP's favour...1/ the type of offense he had at FSU and the type the Vikes plan on implementing (WCO); 2/ he is a smart kid, who as many have noted...probably the most NFL ready QB in the draft. at any rate, only time will tell and as Viking fans, we should support him until he proves otherwise...now let's see what other things the team can do in the draft, to address other needs...GO VIKES!!!
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CT Viking Fan wrote:
Okay, let's see. Tennessee takes Locker. Jacksonville trades up for Gabbert. Miami picks a couple of spots behind you and there are rumors of QB interest. Buffalo, Cinci, and Arizona all pick at the front of the 2nd round and at least two of those teams will probably pick QB's. The Vikes tried to trade back later in the 1st but couldn't find any takers. What do you do? You make the pick that you think is going to land you the player that will help your club most, and in Minnesota that would be a QB. IMHO, the only QB's in the draft worth considering in the 1st round were Gabbert, Locker, and Ponder. Of them, Locker and Ponder made their teams much better than the talent around them warranted. Locker was gone. No body wants or needs to move up. You pull the trigger on Ponder? I would have preferred a different scenario but understand why they did what they did; smart kid, great leader, makes good decisions, accurate arm, good athleticism, pro-style offense.
Welcome to the Vikings Mr. Ponder.
And injury prone.

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and the stupidity continues....
Wow!! you guys just don't have a clue on how to build a winning "team"..

Welcome me back, LOSERS!!!

The Bad Bad Karma still reigns supreme!!

Since: Jan 10

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I haven't seen a reach like that since the Ol' pornslinger tried to make a play against the Saints!!

In the end, it's all Bad, Bad Karma!!
Frank W

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Sports Dog wrote:
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No way he would have been there at 43. He was listed on most mock drafts going to Seattle at 25. Plus, Washington trades down, so you have to worry about them taking him. He's had a couple of arm injuries, but was the MVP at the senior bowl. Plus, he threw as well as anyone else at the combine. He's considered a great leader and is the most intelligent QB in this draft. Again, I like this pick and read my previous post as to why the Vikes chose him when they did.
I hear what you're saying, but based on his performance in college and that fact that he's injury prone, I just don't see any justification for this pick. There were no QBs in this draft seen as "franchise" level QBs. If the Vikings weren't able to trade back, they should have landed an OT; there were plenty of them available who could step in and start from day one.

I like the fact that Ponder is smart, and considered a leader, but right now we don't have an OL that can protect him, and our most expensive OT is where? Out playing tennis instead of working to better his game.

As for Ponder being gone at 43, well, no other QBs were selected in round one after him, AND Ryan Mallet and Andy Dalton (rated higher than Ponder by most scouts) are still on the board. If Seattle was desparate for a QB, they've have taken Dalton or Mallet.

Bottom line: This is a low value pick, a reach. Outside of Atlanta giving away four draft picks for Julio Jones, this will go down as the most questionable move of the draft.
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Bad Bad Karma wrote:
I haven't seen a reach like that since the Ol' pornslinger tried to make a play against the Saints!!
In the end, it's all Bad, Bad Karma!!
...i'm sure your "reach arounds" could give it a run for the money...GO VIKES!!!
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CT Viking Fan wrote:
Okay, let's see. Tennessee takes Locker. Jacksonville trades up for Gabbert. Miami picks a couple of spots behind you and there are rumors of QB interest. Buffalo, Cinci, and Arizona all pick at the front of the 2nd round and at least two of those teams will probably pick QB's. The Vikes tried to trade back later in the 1st but couldn't find any takers. What do you do? You make the pick that you think is going to land you the player that will help your club most, and in Minnesota that would be a QB. IMHO, the only QB's in the draft worth considering in the 1st round were Gabbert, Locker, and Ponder. Of them, Locker and Ponder made their teams much better than the talent around them warranted. Locker was gone. No body wants or needs to move up. You pull the trigger on Ponder? I would have preferred a different scenario but understand why they did what they did; smart kid, great leader, makes good decisions, accurate arm, good athleticism, pro-style offense.
Welcome to the Vikings Mr. Ponder.
With all due respect, organizations who are prepared for the draft do their homework ahead of time, and know which teams may be interested in trading up. Yeah, that list can change as the draft progresses, but a contingency plan is usually in place regardless. With our third round pick wasted on Randy Moss, a trade back should have been considered from the outset in order to obtain a replacement for that pick.

I hope Ponder is the best QB this franchise has ever had. But this was a huge reach, and I believe an unsupportable one given the needs this team has and the players still on the board.

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Nostradumass wrote:
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And injury prone.
The bursa sac is the same thing Peyton Manning had before the start of the season, if I'm not mistaken. I think Ponder had his fixed in time to play in the Senior Bowl (MVP).
So far the pundit camps are sharply divided on this one: The "arm is most important" guys hate the pick; the "head is most important" guys love it. Like any QB drafted, time will tell whether the pick was wasted. I thought for sure Amukumara or Fairly was going to be the pick at #12.
Top Gunn--Rochester

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#138
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Point One: I'm glad the Vikings have a smart, young QB to build around.
Point Two: I think we could have traded back, acquired the 3rd rounder we're missing (maybe even a 2nd rounder instead of a 3rd) and still gotten Ponder.
Point Three: As far as the Lions getting Fairley,
he's going to be paired with Suh. Both are explosive, attack DT's. Who's going to be the guy who does the dirty work? When the Vikes had Page there was Larson/Sutherland. Randle had Jerry Ball, etc... If I was the Vikes, I'd pound the ball with Petrson between the tackles and run lots of trap plays.

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Frank W wrote:
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With all due respect, organizations who are prepared for the draft do their homework ahead of time, and know which teams may be interested in trading up. Yeah, that list can change as the draft progresses, but a contingency plan is usually in place regardless. With our third round pick wasted on Randy Moss, a trade back should have been considered from the outset in order to obtain a replacement for that pick.
I hope Ponder is the best QB this franchise has ever had. But this was a huge reach, and I believe an unsupportable one given the needs this team has and the players still on the board.
Frank, trading partners are contigiency plans at best. Once the board starts getting emptied everything changes. I really do believe they tried to move back. I also believe the Vikings did exactly what they said they intended to do - address the QB position. Personally, I think all QB's are a reach in the draft. I wanted an OT or Center.
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The draft is like a box of chocolates.
Time will tell.

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

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I don't care who your QB or your running back is. If you don't have an offensive line that can block for your money players, that is like having a shiny new car and no motor under the hood. The Vikings O-line last year was horrible. The Vikings better address those concerns in the 2nd & 3rd Round (Oh, that's right. They gave away their 3rd Rnd. for NOTHING!. Thanks Klunkhead).
SAM ANNIS

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What an embarrassment. I would rather see Favre back there winging it then a kid who they compare to Pennington. My 12 year old daughter has more throwing power then he did on his best day. The fact that they weren't prepared for Locker going ahead of them and didn't pull the trigger on Gabbert only tells me that the people making the decisions in Winter Park are incompetent. Last year they trade a 3rd rounder for Moss for what, two games? I'm getting really tired of being laughed at come draft day. I would think that Mr. Wilf is intelligent enough to realize his supposed draft experts just whiffed on this pick and are driving this team into the ground. PATHETIC!
Nail Creek Road

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#143
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With the pending lock-out; lease expiring this year and the stadium issue--just maybe we will not be faced with knowing and seeing what he can do. Because the Minnesota Vikings will be in either Texas or California or maybe somewhere else. If there is a lock out this season, no stadium in the wings for 2012 and the offer to the owners is good enough for them--this move just might happen. The NFL may keep their respective noses out of it as it would be not good public relations policy in many fans eyes. I hope they can have a season, an extended lease for a year and a new stadium some place..........where???? I do not care..........just some place......

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