Was Christian Ponder a Good Pick for the Minnesota Vikings?

Apr 29, 2011


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Only  time will tell if the first pick of the Leslie Frazier era pans out, but it reeks of desperation. Maybe not as bad as Brad Childress trading up to get Tarvaris Jackson, but then again, maybe it was. We are talking about the 12th pick in the draft.
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The Vikings had to address the quarterback situation in this draft, but with Andy Dalton and Ryan Mallett still on the board, do the Vikings wish they had a mulligan? I’m sure they are convinced that they got their guy, but the majority of Vikings fans don’t seem to think so.
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The Vikings could have addressed a major need at defensive tackle with Nick Fairley, a player once considered worthy of the number one pick. The Williams Wall has cracked. There is a strong possibility that Pat Williams never wears purple again. Fairley could have been his heir. Instead the Lions grabbed him, and playing alongside Ndamukong Suh gives the Lions one of the best defensive fronts in the game.
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The Vikings have major deficiencies at offensive guard. The 12th pick may be a little high for Mike Pouncey, but if we were to do the 2010 draft over, his brother Maurkice (the 18th pick) would likely be a top ten selection. Shoring up their offensive line is nearly as important as solidifying the quarterback position.
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Prince Amukamara was considered a top ten talent, slightly behind top-five pick Patrick Peterson at cornerback. He slid to the Giants at the 19th pick. Given the condition of the Vikings’ defensive secondary, Prince would be an ideal addition on the eve of the Royal Wedding.
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Even if they had their heart set on Ponder, trading down would have made sense. The Vikings either drafted for need rather than best available or they miscalculated the number of quarterbacks that would go in the first round. Perhaps when Jake Locker went to the Titans and the Jaguars traded up for Blaine Gabbert, they started to feel the pressure. All the talk of teams trading up into the bottom of the draft to take a quarterback never materialized. In fact, no quarterback went off the board after the Vikings took Ponder, some might say prematurely.
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You can’t change the past though. Ponder was the pick. Of all the quarterbacks, nobody did better to improve their stock after the season than Ponder. He played well at the Senior Bowl. He was great at the Combine. He nailed the Wonderlic test. Sometimes we put too much stock in the numbers, but Ponder threw for 6767 yards and just 48 touchdowns in  his three years as a starter. He battled injuries the past two years. Injuries happen, but if he dealt with them at the collegiate level, the Vikings have to be concerned how he’ll hold up against the big boys. Especially in the NFC North facing Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and Suh.
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The new coach hitched his wagon to a rookie quarterback. It’s not uncommon. Time will tell if it was the right wagon.
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This article is also featured at NFLTouchdown.com, where I am the Vikings Fan Voice writer.

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