Mild Surprise Goes To Huge Surprise

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 28, 2011 – 6:48 pm

San Francisco gave us a mild surprise by taking DE Aldon Smith at #7 instead of QB Blaine Gabbert. But the Tennessee Titans gave us a huge surprise at #8.

They took a QB, but not the QB everyone thought would go 2nd after Cam Newton. They took Jake Locker, providing a huge surprise. The slide for Cam Newton continues. Something tells me Dallas, who picks next, has their phones ringing off the hook.

More to come shortly!

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124 Responses to “Mild Surprise Goes To Huge Surprise”

  1. By lawson on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings missed thier chance to trade up for GABBERT!!! This will haunt the organization for years.

  2. By Mike B on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    here we go

  3. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @lawson … Gabbert wasw overatted, who cares

  4. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mallet and Fairley and Prince sitting there we are looking good

  5. By Mike B on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    wow where did ponder come from

  6. By Mike B on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I was right about QB but I didn’t think Ponder

  7. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    WTF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By Vikings FAN 15 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Man i really hate the vikings. no wonder we suck at QB. I really hope we go 0-16

  9. By BaazookaJoe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    PONDER!!! what the heck. way to waste a 1st rnd pick vikings

  10. By QB FEVER on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hate hate hate hate. almost want to burn all my jerseys

  11. By JIm M on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I give up. We need a safety/cb, won’t get a decent one later, a decent tackle is availabe, won’t get a decent one later, great players available and we take a Pounder. I thought maybe we finally got a decent coach. What a dud.

  12. By Mike B on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think that was a coaches pick. They wanted hard working with good character and that’s what they got.

  13. By BearsFan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    it’s their, not thier…and yes they did. Better luck next year. So much to “ponder”

  14. By David P on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder?? Leave it up to the vikings to pick someone that would at best been a 3rd rounder.

  15. By QB FEVER on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    wow why to go get the 6th ranked QB at 12. good job idiots
    Mallett will be a star. Ponder will suck and will fail.

  16. By QB FEVER on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Man the Vikings suck. just proves why
    Could have traded up to get gabbert or got Mallett but no they want to fail for more years and years and years.

  17. By QB FEVER on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    come on 0-16

  18. By OLD SCHOOL on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply



    FIRST PICK……….2012 DRAFT !


  19. By BaazookaJoe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i was agenst drafting a qb all together, but if you wanted one why not move up for gabbert, or take mallet. Who ever “pounded the table” for Ponder should be fired

  20. By K'net on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder, really? reach far? what happened to best available? I hope I’m proven wrong, but for now I’m extremely disappointed. This might be as bad as chilly & tjack.

    Guys, a favor, if this doesn’t work out admit it quickly and move on. I hope it does, but I’m not optimistic

  21. By OLD SCHOOL on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    PONDER WHO?!!!



  22. By OLD SCHOOL on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply


  23. By BearsFan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Glad the vikings fans see this the way I do…I had to get on here just to see the reaction. Lions had a great pick.

  24. By Kyya on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is a great pickup. To all you haters you know nothing. The Vikings know what they are doing. They worked this kid out. They know what they are geting.

  25. By VKing56 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Do you know what that pick means. It means we will be drafting #1 next year and picking LUCK. WOW what a joke this is are worst first round pick of all time what a joke. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  26. By BaazookaJoe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i love my vikes but pull your heads out of your azzes

  27. By Purpletanker on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    If ponder is not the next Elway, Manning, Favre, Montana or Marino im becoming a Packer. Why this pick? Im so upset.

  28. By QB FEVER on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Just move Vikings. Honestly. its amazing how we seem to absolutely fail every year at QB.

  29. By Dave on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This has to be a move that meets Viking history… trade for a QB with a year or two left. We haven’t developed a young QB in decades, but for God’s sake Nick Fairley was right there for the taking!!!!!!

  30. By trust on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Gotta trust the organization guys! They see something in him, they are the pros, but rick spielmans job is on the line now too. We’ll see in two years, maybe we get McNabb. We can still get a good DT, DE, OLB in the second round.

  31. By Purpletanker on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? So many more out there and we should have waited for 2nd pick for a QB.

  32. By Abnormal on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m taking down all of your screen names so I can call you out in a few years after Ponder wins a Championship for the Vikings. He’s the most Pro ready QB in this draft and he’s a winner.

  33. By Dave on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah they saw something in another year of Brett Favre and paid 3 million extra for that vision…

  34. By Purpletanker on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i just hope we can get

    Cameron Jordan at least.

  35. By Dave on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been a Viking fan since the 60s’ you can take my screen name, my house and the payments, this was another bad pick!!!

  36. By Elliot on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Even if he was a good pick up, instead of wasting a frist round pick, couldnt you have taken him in the second? im loading the gun and putting it agaqinst my head

  37. By Purpletanker on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ABNORMAL hope you are right

  38. By dvyne_vike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I havent been up here since the last game of the season but i had to come back and c how everybody felt. Glad to know Im not alone! what a WASTED pick! smh we couldve got him later! SERIOUSLY and got nick or daquan NOW! smh I thought the draft was meant to make yu BETTER as a team!? 3 -13 if we’re lucky

  39. By QB FEVER on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    just leave vikings. you passed on mallett and got probably one of the most fail QBs. wow maybe he will be as good as chad Pennington. Please leave so i can finally root for a good team

  40. By trust on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Now wishing the vikings would move?? People talking about becoming Packer fans? F this team?? You guys are clowns saying stuff like that. Fans like you are embarrassing.

  41. By biggamehntr on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    dont be quick to judge. remimber we have a very athetic qb ,now we have one who is very smart and accurate.

  42. By Dave on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We not only passed on Failrey he’s going to the Lion’s jhc. We passed on peppers too and he went to Chicago… we’ll probably trade Ponder for mcNab too.

  43. By QB FEVER on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ya wow he had 2000 yards passing last season wow!!!! amazing. I would had been happier with anyone but ponder.

  44. By dvyne_vike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    All I’m saying is that we couldve gotten a better player in the first round and waited to pick up ponder in the second if they really wanted him

  45. By Brian on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Really? Did they not learn anything with the Adrian Peterson draft. Take the best player available instead of reaching like Detroit used to do every year at skill positions. Just because you didn’t get the quarterback you wanted, don’t just draft a player to fill the position. At the very least, trade down and get the third round pick you are lacking this year. Oh yeah, it worked really well taking Tavaris Jackson without trading down, because he was well worth it.

  46. By Purple pride man on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply


  47. By Dave on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think the Redskins traded their Number 10 pick so the Vikings would take Ponder and then trade him to Washington for McNab.

  48. By troy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am absolutely shocked by this pick.This is a big time reach.They could have traded down twice and stil could have gotten Ponder.I used to think Spielman was a good football man but this pick and most of last years draft is turning me into a non believer.

  49. By Scott on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Well I do agree that the Vikings did surprise once again. Defense wins championships. I know they needed a QB but I think they could have gotten Ponder with the 43rd pick.
    The coach must have thought this was a player he could not pass on. They better do better on the 43rd pick or it could be long season.

  50. By Laura on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am shocked! I never even heard of Ponder.

    But I have to say, I think I’m more shocked at the fans. Way to be supportive people!

    With free agency opening up, MN might grab a veteran, and mold ponder and webb the way they need too. Don’t expect an amazing season this year. With a whole new set of coaches there are going to be a lot of changes. We might not always agree on everything they do, but

    If you can’t support your team, why are you a fan at all?

  51. By Lionsfan4life on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wow……. I fell out of my chair with the ponder pick……. WTF……… Looks like you guys are taking over last place thanks you guys!!!!!!!

  52. By Big Al on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Terrible pick. THE GUY HAD SEASON-ENDING SHOULDER SURGERY BUT 2 YEARS AGO!!! I thought we had defensive-minded coach? Defense wins championships – should have picked a CB/DT/DE. Not a 2nd round QB who will not be ready for 2-3 years. Aauugghh……can’t even turn to the Twins for relief from this situation.

  53. By Scott on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am fan for life but to go with such high risk with a QB pick and not one of top 5 rated QB in the draft. Maybe they have something up for later trades ?

  54. By Randy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I agree I think their first two picks are for positioning For free agency trades But for all the haters I am going to be sitting Quietly smiling If Ponder just picks up the ball and runs with it..

  55. By dusty on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    good thing we didn’t reach for Colt McCoy in the 2nd last year or gotten him in the 3rd. I actually kinda blame this on Chilly. I wanted McCoy last year and now this… Wow, hate this pick. could have taken Fairley, Prince, Bowers, Pouncey Go Browns…this sucks

  56. By dont_be_a_hater on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Just because you guys have never heard of Ponder doesn’t make him the worst QB and the worst pick ever. Ponder got the distinct fortune of playng for Bobby Bowden in the twilight of his career.

  57. By Brian on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Did they even show the Vikings giving him a jersey? Was he even at the draft? This sounds like another Demetrius Underwood. Did they consult with the Timberwolves on this draft? The jury is still out on the Vikings first pick from last year Chris Cook, but at least they traded down, even though they did give Detroit Javid Best. Heads need to roll if this doesn’t pan out — and I’m talking across the board.

  58. By Brian on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The worst part about this is that Chicago and Green Bay are going to improve their teams more operating from the bottom of the first round, not the 12th pick. Scary!

  59. By Scott on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Surprise us at 43rd and take DE Jordan. Oh he will be gone too.

  60. By viksfan4life on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Does anybody know what bowl florida state played in last year cuz I don’t,So u waste a first round pick to sit the bench for yrs,Defensive players can start right away!!! Chilly is probably laughing his ass off right now!!!!

  61. By Thomas F on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Well Childress was an idiot when he traded up to get a nobody quarterback named Tarvaris Jackson? Didn’t they learn from that? Let Scott Studwell pick the rest! Try to save the season!

  62. By Greg on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I thought they would draft well enough to KEEP the team in Minnesota…not have them hated so much no one is really gonna care!

  63. By David P on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What a frekin joke. They could have traded down and still got this clown. I cannot beleive this. In the second round they will pick a player that is not even on anyone’s draft board. I hope they move. And abnormal, Ponder will not even play next year. You know why? He sucks!!!

  64. By john on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i did not see 1 mock draft,not 1,with ponder in the first round.actually liked him better than locker but we really reached big time taking him at

  65. By gtrmn7 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is a great pick , the only negative is he’s had injuries but wasn’t that the same as our RB . Hes a pocket passer who is smart and doesnt make bad decisions. Played in the SEC and had a 63% comp this year 68% last .
    I think the coachs Know what they’re doing (alot better than CHILLY!)
    Give him a chance I think it was a Great Pick

  66. By Don on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    tavaris jackson was a reach for the vikings as well hopefully we have better luck with ponder, go vikes!

  67. By joshK on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    terrible pick at 12. Fairely and amukamra there wtf f f f f . offensive lineman?

    worst pick ever. im glad other fans agree with me. there were 10 players or situations to trade back i would have been happy with. this was shockingly dissapointing

  68. By svenben on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I thought I would bring you guys some comfort in this time of concern. Im an avid Nole and have been following them from the time I watched Prime Time live against Lousiana Tech when Doak Camble was called the Erector Set.. mid way through St Bobby’s rein at FSU.. Ponders first action was on the road against VT after whatshisface went down with an injury.. I watched this game at a bar in Tampa and after we fell just short I told my friends that this redshirt freshman was a star in the making…. He brought us back in that game and by his Jr year was averaging over 300 yards a game.. He is EXACTLY what you need. FSU fans love him and you will too with time. Injuries set him back big time this year.. He checked out wello after and was the Senior Bowl MVP for a reason… he is a winner and will make you proud.. You may have lost some casual fans with this pick but you gained a new one in me..

  69. By svenben on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    BTW, not an SEC qb… get it right, ACC…. ya the conference with just as many pros as the ACC and by far had the most in the pro bowl THIS year.. Ponder is a stud.. and very smart.. pre-med in 2.5 years.. 2 masters degrees..

  70. By svenben on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    pros as the SEC… pardon

  71. By svenben on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    BTW, gabbert was in the Big Slow.. not difficult throwing against DBs that were southern rejects

  72. By Loon on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder had better be prepared to start early this year. Otherwise, this is a wasted pick. Everybody else, in our division, is improving through this draft. Management had better step up next round.

  73. By joshK on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    is the 2nd round tonight??? i want a safety

  74. By ruben on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    this is bs!!!!!!!! ponder was most likely going to be there at 43 but was taken 12.

  75. By mn soldier on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ziggy are you trying to sink the team so you can move them, it sure seems like it. Is that why you signed Chilly to an extension the fired him so you can lose more money and use that as an excuse to move, because you losing too much money. way to devalue a company

  76. By mn soldier on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The kid better realize he got lucky and should sign tonight for what ever they give him and dont give him much, he was a 3rd rounder and should get paid like it.

  77. By upset on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    yup this organization just lost another fan. Even if you like Ponder get a first round value here and take your chances with this Clown in round two…

  78. By mn soldier on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I truly hope he is a tom brady under appreciated guy who smokes the other teams, he has a lot to prove and needs to start as soon as possible. Forget the Tjack and culpepper experiments.
    Get mad kid, no one is happy your here so you need to step up and play

  79. By moose on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Good luck getting a stadium now Ziggy. Pack your bags for LA

  80. By Chad on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You all sound like school girls….Wow alittle adversity and you all want to throw in the towel…ridiculous.

  81. By Brian on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    There is a reason the Patriots are great organization– they don’t reach to fill a position. Instead they stockpile draft picks, knowing that it is basically a numbers game. The Vikings are notoriously bad in playing the draft and taking advantage of other team’s needs. I don’t have a problem with Ponder, I have a problem of where he was taken. If for some reason you traded down and someone took him, would the draft be a failure? Can you honestly say that this was the player you couldn’t live without?

  82. By Erick the RED on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    0-16, 0-16, 0-16, Everybody!! Chant!!

  83. By Erick the RED on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I live in Cali and I’m having 2nd thoughts about the Vikes comin’ here…Yikes!

  84. By Lito on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome LA Vikings. Management need to consult with LA Lakers on how championship teams are put together.

  85. By Laura on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ugh. How can you guys call yourself fans.

    Geez. Give a guy a chance! Whats he done to you. Ready to just give up on him and the vikings the minute they said his name. I for one am glad they chose a QB, I was so afraid they wouldn’t. Ponder, I did not expect, but after researching him, I’m optimistic. I’m not passing judgement anytime soon.

  86. By brent on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    can you say 1st overall pick next year. then we can get a qb who is smart and can actually play….terrible pick at 12

  87. By TRUFAN on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Its amazing how there are so many experts out there! Just stick to fantasy football and leave the real stuff to real GMs and Coaches.

  88. By matt on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Way to go Vikes I love the pick finally a QB just because the big shots on TV dont like him doesnt mean he wont be good this guy is smart intelligent and a leader cmon vike fans give him a chance please.

  89. By matt on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Oh yea and for all you fans saying your gonna switch and be other teams fans please go we dont want you if your not a true fan and you dont stick w your team no matter what happens your not a true fan. I dont care if we never win a super bowl I bleed purple and gold and always will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. By chris26 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why are some viking fans such pessimists? @matt has it right. I real fan backs their team no matter what. You can dissagree with them, and you can voice your opinion, but anyone who says they are jumping to a different team or wishes a losing season on their team just because you don’t like a decision they made; I’ll show you to the door, because you aren’t a real fan and this team doesn’t need you dragging down morale. To the true fans, I’ll be cheering with you and watching all the haters choke when they have to eat their words down the road.

  91. By bleedinpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    just give the kid a chance. he hasn’t even had one practice yet and ya’ll are ready to throw him under the bus. all the analysts agree about ponder having the “it” factor. they can’t all be wrong. so maybe he was a second-third rounder. so what?!?!?!?! show some love for your team and stand behind them.

  92. By Craig on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t be mad at Ponder , he’s a talented QB and his numbers don’t lie. Little bit of a stretch at 12th pick but hopefully he proves many of you wrong. I hope they do not try and start him this year and groom him. Definitly disappointed they did not take Farely, but only time will tell. Can’t believe some of you so called fans actually wish they would move, get real. VIKES FAN FOR LIFE!

  93. By Mark on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wow….Vikings fans are horrible. I’ve been a die-hard fan 34 years. Then I read all the negative comments. (pathetic) The kid hasn’t even taken a snap. The Vikings organization do the home work before they decide. Draft position is over-rated. Example 1: Jarmacus Rusell. Go Vikes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  94. By jakebot on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is a highly rated QB. Look at his numbers and you will see. Vikings fans need to relax and let the PROFESSIONALS do the leg work.

  95. By jakebot on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @matt. Like you comments but the tv folks DO like Ponder, they were just a little shocked that he went so high in the first round. Most had him at high first round or early second. To me, that makes him a steal.

  96. By VikingReno on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Watched the press conferences and feel much better about this pick. Solid character and good qb skills, plus he is brilliant. BTW, Gruden is a pompous guy who thinks he is the all time greatest qb evaluator, but he is not. A lot of the the qb rankings are built on hype and snowball.

    Will prove to be a good pick. Biggest asset will be his ability to be smart with the ball and utilize percy, rice and peterson. He is not a selfish guy and makes good decisions.

  97. By Dumbpick on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    0-16 all the way Go Vikings

    With Taking Ponder the Vikings have cemented themselves as the team that will battle Detroit for last place.

  98. By VikingReno on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Reminds me of a fellow FSU QB and former Viking Brad Johnson, only smarter and more athletic. How awesome would Brad Johnson have been if he ran a 4.6, and had a 34″ vert.

  99. By jakebot on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Exactly, VikingReon! This is WEST COAST offense that does not rely on chucking the ball 50 yards down the field. A smart, hard working QB is exactly what the Vikings need. Hopefully they have it with Ponder.

  100. By pete on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    it’s funny how spielman says they looked to trade down but didn’t want to go as far back as 17 or 18. You could have traded down 3 times and stockpiled picks to get your qb next year while getting younger at all positions. what a jackwagon. who knows if the kid will be good. but he could have been average and still been a good pick if you got a supporting cast by taking him later. duh

  101. By Josh on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This Kid is good. If it wasn’t for his arm surgery he would have easily been before Luck. Peterson fell, Vikings got him. Nobody wanted Harvin because of some pot smoking, Vikings got him. No analyst had Ponder near the top QB’s, lets just wait and see what happens. Quit being fairweather fans. Purple and Gold!!!

  102. By VikingReno on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    jakebot, breath of fresh air to see someone who understand different offenses and what type of qb they require. btw, ponder was on other teams radars and there is a good chance he would have been drafted before the vikings next pick. Then what? then everyone would gripe that we didnt get a qb. you guys sound ridiculous.

  103. By AP,percy,PONDER on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder the stud of the senior bowl. Ripped it and got MVP, this kid can play quit hatin

  104. By isuvikingsfan on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder was a good pick he is mobile and is a player that the vikings can develop. I am not saying he will be a Hall of famer. But he will make the team better. Give him two years. Look at his highlights from college him and AP will be in the backfield for a long time to come

  105. By cory on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is a reach at 12 expecially with d-tackle and secondary issuses,but camefrom a big program at fsu so would not be shocked if he turrns out to be a solid qb, but injuries are a concern expecially how bad the o-line played last season am hopeing for the best but think we could of got himin the 2nd round

  106. By Keith on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Initially I was angry that the Vikes could not trade down and get Ponder or Dalton later. But we are not in the war room and do not know all. Ponder and Dalton were targeted because they are smart, of good character, high percentage passers that win ball games. Did they pull the trigger soon, perhaps but give the man a chance before you hate. And to all of you haters out there go root for some classless organization that suits your infantile antics. We don’t need your infection.

  107. By Lee on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    to be honest, i was a little bit disappointed we didnt draft a Defensive player/OL. but looking at the highlights, he did played pretty good which reminded me of a young Brett Favre / Joe Montana. i just hope he does not have any injuries, but we got Joe Webb for that so were good, reminds me of Joe Montana/Steve Young

  108. By Keith on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    In addition, now that we have two viable options at qb and the best rb in the game as well as talent at the other offensive skill positions all that needs to be done now is for the o=line to be fixed and guess what we are competitive again. Our defense outside of safety is good enough to compete, perhaps give a good coach and his staff some time to shine. We have had duds as head coaches since Bud Grant left (Burns was ok) Frazier will get us a superbowl win if he gets some support from the fanbase. So once again haters, the door is open, see ya.

  109. By bighorns82 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I was suprised to. But now looking over all the things he has to bring to the table Ponder has a chance to be a great qb. He will fit rite into the game plan all we need IS TO IMPROVE ARE OL. Hey can every one stop crying and just get over wat happend if worst come to worst we will get the best qb in the next draft.

  110. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone just hold on until tonite. only two qb’s left and we will watch to see if they are taken by 43 or so

    Mallett at 12? come on the vikings aren’t that stupid

  111. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Now the vikies back up this pick with an OL? which ones will be there at 43

  112. By twiltse on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    this is a great pick he’s a pocket qb!! awesome!! Maybe my vikes have gotten over the love affair with the black QB! I would like to see them bring Favre back to coach him!! We still have more picks! We are not that far removed from the div champ game! This guy is accurate and is very intellectual!! ….something tells me we are going to go out and get McNabb! PLEASE NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more black QB’S. Gee I wonder if Sidney has had the surgury he needs or will he wait until this season starts to get it!…Maybe Percy can get on the practice field once in a while! If neither of these idiots can manage to practice … cut them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

  113. By VforViking on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Some of you people need to chill, you’re looking like bad imitators of Jets fans. What do you really think the Vikings are going to accomplish this upcoming season with some of the numerous position needs they have? The draft is not going solve all the issues, so a “win now” attitude is not realistic. Ponder is a good, solid quaterback who will fit into the system. He should be given time to develop as these other needs are addressed, which is what free agency is for. Treating him like David Carr or Alex Smith would be a mistake and expecting (or demanding) any draftee to play like a Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco out of the gate is ridiculous.

  114. By Bob Brown on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    We can get a great DB through FA (Nnamdi). Can’t find a franchise QB that way.

  115. By Vikingsfan78 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    1st, for those saying this is the worst 1st round pick ever u are dead wrong. Demetruius Underwood was our worst 1st round pick ever, he never played a down for us. How can someone be a fail qb in the nfl if u havn’t seen him play yet? Most of u need to get a life, calling players idiots and stuff for not being able to practice cause of a migrain just goes to show some of the stupidity and childishness from most of u. Was it who I wanted? No. Was it a stretch? Maybe a little, but Redskins where going to take him at 16 so he wouldnt have been there in round 2. Is he the best pro-ready qb in the draft? Yes he was. Give him a chance

  116. By Bob on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I am ecstatic about this pick! We put our trust in the new regime, god knows if Childress was still here Jackson would of been resigned and would now be our starter! They needed a quarterback and facts are other teams wanted quarterbacks too, I respect the decision to not give up more after already losing the third round pick, again thanks to Childress, quarterbacks were bound to go before it got to their pick, and this is the guy they wanted and it is far from a sure thing that one of he, Mallett and Dalton were going to be available come their second round pick and if Ponder is who they wanted well quarterback is our number one need! I am truly looking forward to Ponder becoming the real deal!!!!!!!

  117. By vikefannj on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    What happens when ponder is leading the vikes forward and becomes a great pick at 12 what will you SO CALLED VIKE FANS SAY THAN.SKOL VIKES!!!!!!!

  118. By drock on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    trade Percy Harvin, Next years 1st round pick and Ponder to the Falcons for Matty Ice..

  119. By Dave on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    What a bunch of fair-weather fans……do a little research before you bash a guy. He was the smartest QB in the whole draft, he played in a west coast style offense at FSU, he is very mobile and a accurate passer. He obviously showed the Vikings organization something special. John Gruden said it best …” this kid is an excellent pick….very intelligent, very accurate and a perfect fit with the Vikings. He will be a starting QB in this league for years to come”. I will admit it was a surprise for me but after doing a little research i actually like the pick. GO VIKINGS!!!!!

  120. By SoliderOfOne on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Come on he is working on his second Masters Degree. He is pretty smart. Isn’t that worth something? I’m going to laugh when he succeeds!

  121. By FavreFetched on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Wow I’ve never heard such a outcry unless it’s from Giant fans. We’re supposed to be a hometown team not a bunch of fair-weather babies. It’s like we took an OL or a TE. Ponder is a very good fit for the Minnesota Vikings and if you can’t get behind the organization then find a new team. Obviously Prince or one of the available Ends would have had a more immediate affect on Vikings fans but clearly they see something in this young, smart guy. At least we took a first rounder this year even if he necessarily wasn’t.

  122. By gary on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Just don’t let Webb get away!!

  123. By sandiamond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    TurnsOut to be a brilliant pick: Ponder
    all qb’s gone except Mallett

    Hot news out today: vikings set to acquire McNabb

  124. By Mark on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    It’s good too see a few more positive comments about Ponder; however,
    stilll a lot of negativity out there. (Very very sad) I wish Viking fans were like Packer fans. They support the Pack no matter what happens. I bleed purple always have….That will never change.. .”Welcome” to Minnesota Mr. Ponder. Please excuse YOUR fan base. Good luck!!!!!

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