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Vikings Take FSU QB Christian Ponder With 1st Round Pick

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on April 28, 2011 – 7:18 pm

Vikings take Florida State QB Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.  More coverage at vikings.com will be forthcoming.

Stay tuned to vikings.com Draft Central as the night unfolds for more coverage.


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523 Responses to “Vikings Take FSU QB Christian Ponder With 1st Round Pick”

  1. By Dave the vikefan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ??????????? At 12???!!!!!!!

  2. By Chris on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    With Mallett left on the board, and Nick Farely right there. This is the worst pick in the draft so far. Very disappointing.

  3. By Noah on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    who does that c’mon vikes

  4. By Fear the Spear on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I realize Vikes fans are going to skeptical of taking Ponder that early but take it from a guy who has watched this kid for three years. He’s going to be a great pro. He graduated in three years so he’s got the mental makeup to succeed. The only question mark will be his durability. He missed both his junior and senior year bowl games due to injury. If he can stay healthy he will take the franchise a long way.

  5. By Jason on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    So you think this is going to sit well with fans? I for one will not renew my tickets to the LA Idiots!!

  6. By 00Dave on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I wonderwhat made them avoid Daulton?

  7. By Dave on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think that pick was for the eagles until they can trade Kolb too them

  8. By Joe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    It explains why the Vikings did not trade up for Gabbert.

  9. By Vikecodin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    At least take dalton or mallet but we will see what they have up their sleve

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

    Something with Mallet didn’t rub right with the vikings we will see how far he falls

  11. By used2purplefailure on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Who? Sounds like this is another one of those purple failures.

  12. By Noah on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    they should’ve drafted a cb or de

  13. By andy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Im becoming a lions fan, dumb.

  14. By brad Thomas on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Worst pick of all time. I was embarrassed when we missed our pick 5-6 years ago. Embarrassed when we got williamson. But this takes the cake. Awful, awful job. I thought Chilly was the worse thing to happen to the Vikes, but now I see it’s the whole front office

  15. By Chris on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Is this a joke Ponder at 12???????

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

    Ponder makes sense if they are looking at McNabb coming for two years.

  17. By scott on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. By Adekola on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Not sure Leslie and Speilman dropped the ball on this one. Ponder is a reach at #12. Good team player and does fit our scheme so I can understand the pick. Doesn’t help the team in 2011 though.

  19. By CajunViking on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I do question the pick but I do know the kid is intelligent so here’s hoping his future is bright w/ us. Skol Vikings!!!

  20. By Paul on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This pick sucks. I guess I have to give up on the vikinns. I have been a fan for 52 years. This is the worst pick ever!! I will now be a Broncos fan. Bye Minnesota!

  21. By rob on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ????????? Would have been available at 42?????!!!!!!!!!!

  22. By tsl_tyson on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We just drafted a career backup with the number 12 overall pick. Great job.

  23. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

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

  24. By Eric on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This is worse than last years pick with Chris Cook at 30, now Ponder that we could get in the 2nd round!… Chris Spielman is next to go!! Get someone proven in like Kolb or Hasselbeck, not some rookie??? Help our O Line, our DT, or CB…. God help us!

  25. By Kaleb on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Are you kidding me? ANOTHER wasted pick! TERRIBLE

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

    Disappointed. I hope it works out, but for now, I can’t believe we didn’t go with someone closer to best available.

  27. By viking fan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    wow really Ponder vikings are you just dumb you take a guy who you could get in the second round or third round if we had one but then again another mistake by the vikings staff there was nick farley or prince what ever his name they really need to get things straighted out up there.

  28. By pete on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    at least we pick high next year

  29. By MADONE on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    With so many good players out there I’m shocked with the Ponder pick. He’s a decent QB but really????

  30. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Whos our head coach ? CHILDRESS??????????

  31. By DannySmith on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    NASTY !!!

  32. By chase on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    well looks like we still dont have our qb of the future

  33. By Terry C on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What happened to Andy Dalton? I thought he was the projected QB going to the vikes? Go figure.

  34. By Shaz on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I still remember we passing on Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers. We will be watching Blaine Gabbert highlights as well.

  35. By BIG DUKE 6 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    VIKINGS FAN FOR 42 YRS. YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME HE IS NOT GOING TO HELP RIGHT NOW. WHAT ABOUT THE OLD TIME D ERS? WERE THERE NOT SOME D PLAYERS THEY COULD HAVE USED INSTEAD? BUD WOULD NEVER HAVE DONE THIS TO THE FANS. WWWWHHHHHAAAAATTTT???????

  36. By Devib on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This is horrible… Fairley was right there, so was Amukamara, Jordan, and many others that would be starters on our team for years. What happened to what Rick Spielman JUST said “We’re not going to reach for a QB”?

  37. By Kirk on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What are the vikings thinking with this pick, Mallet and Dalton still on the board and we take Ponder…. Being a lifetime viking fan and how we usually draft this has got to be the biggest disappointment I have ever had with any of our drafts. Even over williamson and his huge contract we gave him. I hope to god that this guy is trade bait, if not our draft needs to be an F- already.

  38. By Tom on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You guys are getting a really smart and tough QB. I’m a Vikings fan now. This kid is going to be great.

  39. By Lance on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Absolutly terrible! F- ! We will have a high pick next year, along with the year after that, and the year after that, and after that, and after that, and after that….ect! Front office has to go!!!!!!!!!

  40. By Dan Utech on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Another worthless QB pick!!! Almost impossible to be a fan of the dumbess organization…Dalton, Yates, Kaepernick, Taylor, all better players!!!!

  41. By Logan N on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    are you kidding me?? ponder is garbage… now the lions get Fairly to join Suh, theyre gonna be picking the vikings o-line apart for years. HORRIBLE pick. F.

  42. By John on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Unbelievable! I could have lived with Mallet. At least he had the size and a cannon for an arm. But Ponder? They could have waited until the 4th round and probably gotten him. The only thing that’ll make this pick even dumber is if they try and bring Mcnabb in. Freakin’ morons!! Horrible!

  43. By Woodboat on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    So, I see Frazier didn’t waste any time driving the first nail in his coffin. Ponder… a guy with durability issues behind a line that can’t stop anybody. With Top notch OTs and Prince Am…. (not even going to try to spell his name) on the board, and you take a late 2nd rounder with the 12th pick. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised… a sub par defensive coordinator turned head coach is bound to make these kind of decisions. Goodbye, Mr. Rice, and good luck to you whereever you land. I imagine you’ll be looking for a QB that can throw the ball down the field at a speed faster than you can run.

  44. By Calim on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ok, so maybe Ponder is going to be a great player. But why would the Vikings pass on players like Prince at the 12th pick when Ponder would quite likely reach the 2nd round ? I believe the Vikings should at least have traded down, as I don’t see many teams trying to draft Ponder in the 1st round…
    I was pretty psyched when I saw the players available at 12, but right now, I’m quite skeptical.

  45. By Justin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wow… We could have got him or Mallet in the 2nd round.. Why not take Prince, or Bowers or Fairley at 12? Fan nation gave us an F grade….. We will finish last in the North for the next 3 years

  46. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am changing my name to FIRE FRAZIER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. By Jeff A on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    They could have traded down, got a third round pick back, and still gotten Ponder. Dumb move. Now we have to pay pick 12 money to an injury risk.

  48. By Matthew on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why in the world did we do this suh and fairley can now blast through our line we know pat is 37 could have drafted fairley and stayed having a great defense

  49. By Z Kalina on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This isnt as bad as some people think, i mean hes a west coast guy with adrian peterson behind him u cant put a torch on him till you see his play. for godsakes tom brady was a 6th round pick any player could become a bust or a godsend you just have to wait and see

  50. By Virgil Warren on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This pick was an absolute Jokeeeeeee. I would have Quinn, Fairley or Jordan.
    Worst pick in History.

  51. By Troy Williamson on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Is he gonna be as big of a bust as me?!

  52. By Robert on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Really Vikings you had a chance for Dalton and drafted Ponder who’s arm is described as Chad Pennington like. The front office really does have issues.

  53. By BIG DUKE 6 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    TOOOOOO DUMB. ZIGGY GET SOME REAL HELP BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE IT IN PLACE NOW.

  54. By Donny on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Next pick HAS to be a center

  55. By paul on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    oh no last place for years ponder would have still been there round two or even deeper down i’m depressed

  56. By Kyya on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You guys don’t know anything. We got a big pickup! Ponder is going to be a great QB.

  57. By Dana on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why take Ponder #12 when he would have still been there for your second round pick. STUPID!

  58. By Woodboat on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wait..wait…wait…. I just figured it out, and our coaching staff are GENIUSES!!! THANK you Coach Frazier for your foresight!!! With this and our subsequent picks, assuming they are as awful as this one, and losing Ray Edwards and Sydney Rice (Maybe we can even cut Peterson…) we will be assured of being in the running for Andrew Luck next year!!! 0-16, LET’S GO, BABY!!!

  59. By Aceviking on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU ALL SAY… AMAZING SELECTION BY SPIELMAN AND CO.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. By bill on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    this is a great pick ponder has the best talent out of all the qbs in the draft.

    remember people doubted favre in atlanta and look what happened to him. give ponder time and he will bring the vikings a superbowl

  61. By Chris on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    And to think we could have had a good defensive player that would of helped this year like Nick Fairley, Prince Amukamara, Da’Quan Bowers… wow they really secured the putsch with this one

  62. By Z Kalina on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    omg he hasnt played a down what if he takes u two three superbowls in the next 5 years? then what are you all going to come back and go he was the smartest thing they have ever done! seriously people think before you freak

  63. By Tom T. on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Cue the music “Send in the Clowns.” Our front office is incredibly inept. Very embarassing…beyond the pale!

  64. By Devon on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What a joke! I do like Ponder, but I figured we could get him in the second round. I’m crying on the inside now watching all of these better players come off of the board that we’re missing out on. I thought Chilly was the problem but after last year’s mess of a draft and this BIG reach for a QB, I think Rick Spielman is next to go.

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

    I think there needs to be some explaination of this pick I agree with QB but there were better QBs on the board. This pick doesn’t make sense unless you are bringing in an older vet to train him up. Lack of arm strength is a big concern too. I have to agree with the rest why pick him in the first round as he would be there in the second. I think the Vikings owe the fan base and explanation of this pick.

  66. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t mind the pick nice job vikings staff you got a qb the most glaring need, I wanted mallett but ponder is a good qb, if we were going to wait until 2nd round all the qb’s will be gone. Ponder is from a big school so that helps and is smart. I’m happy the vikings went for the most pressing need, it was a little high but the vikings had no choice they would of been all off the board by second round.

  67. By Robbie W on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Seriously Im almost ready to support the lions over this nonsense! at least they choose good quarter backs in the draft The only way this guy is gonna work is if we have a strong veteran to show him the light and i have a feeling joe webb doesnt qualify….DUMB PICK!!! Bad Vikings very bad! no treats for you!

  68. By whoazone on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This was a 2nd rounder.Not a first rounder Should have taken Fairley

  69. By panzer88 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I THINK THE OWNER & COACH JUST LOST A-LOT OF FANS TODAY ..#.12 OVERALL ..NOT VERY EXCITING.. IM NOT EVEN INTERSTED IN NEXT YEAR

  70. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Woodboat has it right, We need to get the first pick in next years draft. Leslie is close with the Lynx and they got it right. It is the ONLY thing that makes sense. Does Williamson have a brother that we can draft at #2?

  71. By Chris on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    On the bright side atleast we will get Andrew Luck next year

  72. By KansasViking on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Honestly…. this is a bit of a reach, I’ll agree with that. I will say though, that out of all of the quarterbacks, this is the one that I wanted us to take. Only, y’know, in the second round. I do believe Ponder is the best quarterback in the draft to build a franchise around, but he’s not going to be able to come in and make a difference right away. And he shouldn’t even have the opportunity. Quarterbacks need to sit out a year or two before even playing, with very rare exceptions given to the Brady’s and Manning’s of the world. But don’t get to upset over this pick. In two years, this guy will step in and be there for the next 10 to 15. I’d bet my job on it.

  73. By used2purplefailure on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    On the bright side, at least he’ll be playing for the L.A. Vikings and not MN. Heres to hoping we get an expansion team!

  74. By Danny Kezar on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Should have taken an offensive lineman!!! Leave it to the Vikings!!! Why am I not surprised?

  75. By Michele Polley on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Gotta admit I was hoping they would get Dalton in the second…boy I sure hope he turns out to be the guy.

  76. By Z Kalina on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    how many times do we see first rounders fall quite a bit through there career, it wont make a difference, id take him over cam newton, whose to say this kid wouldnt be taken by any of these teams n he would become a starter in 2 yrs somwhere n torch the league then ud all be crying like you are now for them not taking him, we have 8 more picks plus probbaly a FA pickup later this year chill

  77. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    People will disagree but I’m happy the vikings got a qb finally I thought they were going to ignore the position, frazier was serious about wanting a qb. Musgrave will make ponder better.

  78. By whoazone on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t blame Chilly for this one.

  79. By George on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    It doesn’t take a genius to know that was a dumb pick at No. 12?!?!? And I as well well like Ponder think he has great potential. What I don’t understand is WHY DON’T WE TRADE BACK???? Every team, minus WAS with many other needs on the board, IS SET ON QB so what is the deal front office. SPEILMAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING

  80. By Tyler on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You guys can calm down. It’s not the end of the world. Is it a bit of a reach? It sure seems that way. But that doesnt mean he wont be the perfect fit for our organization. I for one hope he is, even if he went earlier than he should have. ESPN said we tried and failed to trade down, so it wasnt everrrything we were looking for

  81. By Jonny M on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I know we got the QB coach from Atlanta. I hope Ponder is his guy. I am willing to give them and the Vikings a chance to prove this pick wasn’t the drastic over-reach that it looks like. So here is to a great 2011

  82. By VKing56 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    If they could not pull a trade to get out of that pick they should have taken the best player out there ( Nick.F, Price, any OL, ect,,,,) not a guy who should have been a 3rd round pick. Well lets hope it works out like the last time we took a FSU QB good old Brad Johnson.

  83. By Derek on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Life time vikings fan, after last year thought it couldnt get any worse. We get set back 4 years and help the lions form one of the best defensive lines for years to come. Not the way for Leslie to start out his career.

  84. By animal26 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    alright Frazier and the Vikings draft team are dumb, stupid, moronic, and oh did I mention stupid? They had Prince Amukamara, Robert Quin, Pouncy, and a few other players. They drafted for need, not best player available and this will now set the Vikings back another year. Thanks for being stupid Vikings!!!!!!!!!

  85. By Reece on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You have to be kidding me right, at number 12. I am having flash backs to Troy Williamson. Do you think that he is going to learn under McNabb or Kolb? What a waste of a pick, so many better players could have been taken. And you guys want US to build a stadium for YOU, you don’t have my vote.

  86. By animal26 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    few others on the board*

  87. By Troy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am glad that the Vikings addressed what they needed. Sure we could have gotten somebody rated higher etc etc etc… But the Vikings got what they needed. I like Ponder over the other ones out there. Mallet is Ryan Leaf all over again… I LOVE the pick. May be the only one but Go Vikes…

  88. By Woodboat on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, if Ponder is ALIVE to WATCH the next 3 superbowls, I’ll be amazed, Z. If he truly is Chad Penningtonlike (slow of foot, fragile, with a weak arm….) he is going to be in traction by the trade deadline. Our O-Line SUCKS!!! Did you WATCH Favre dodging guys in the backfield the last two years?!?! Well, here’s hoping Joe Webb can impress the new OC enough to stay on the field. At least he can move and throw the ball down the field. I get the feeling he’ll get his chance to play regardless, because Ponder is going to break.

  89. By Jason on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Great, we’re all set for a 4-12 season…good job front office!!!!

  90. By madNorseman on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Pioneer Press reports Childress found dead in front of television set at local motel. It appears he was laughing hysterically after the Vikings made their pick and choked to death on his beer.

  91. By Cesar on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Stop with the negativity ppl wanted a QB dalton wasnt good enough mallet didnt have the mobility Ponder is accurate and coming out of the West Coast system its smart

  92. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We needed a qb what are fans complaining about , it may be a little early to draft ponder but waiting until the second round we would of missed out on majority of the qb’s they went safe here will it pay off who knows but ponder is not bad of a qb if they DEVELOP him right.

  93. By TAVMAN on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hey all you losers…(if ya all were smart you would be hired by a pro team)
    Give em a break. Lets see if Frazier and staff can live up to their credentials.
    They picked him for a reason, so lets just shut up and watch how they do!!!!!

  94. By rich on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    WOW- .was looking forward to a good draft and this is what they do to the faithful fans. once again the joke of the draft they should apologize to all fans for this one. its gonna be a long year. big big disappointment from the front office again

  95. By merle bullard on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Well you have to say he is better than the 2 we have right now. There were more sexy picks out there, but time will tell. Do you really think it would have been better to get an overrated McNabb? We’ve all lived through years of retread QB’s, I think it was a good pick.As for the D-line the younger guys will just have to step up.

  96. By nateluckist81 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i don’t see why they didn’t take someone on defense. they need more help there than they do taking ponder. i find that ponder was more of a waist pick

  97. By Rob L on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    well everyone has their own amount of rube cred. I’m not giving up on the Vikes, but wow….passing on 2 top defensive line? Watch out for Detroit….”the roar is getting restored’! Not familiar with this qb but he seems to be smart and plays hard.

  98. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    this is da worst pick ever realllyy with the 12th pick they coulda picked him in da second roundd he wasnt even projected better then mallett viking good job in not improving in the off season pat williams retires ray edwards gone couldnt even get sanders atogwe no sidney rice yett step up trade berrian or gerhart and fill some needdss wow we are da new detriott

  99. By Daniel on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Horrible pick. Should have taken Prince or Jordan. He would have been there in the second round. I am glad I cancelled my Direct TV already.

  100. By Bearsfan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Bruahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaa. What a stupid pick, looks like Tavaris is still the best qb on the roster… Go Bears!!!

  101. By Leon on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    OMG I WANT TO COMMIT SUICIDE!!!

  102. By Rick on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah we need a Quarterback but come on . I hope this will not come back to bite us. Address the needs seriously come on two years ago in the championship game I this this is not a good pick.Come on Vikes get with the program.

  103. By Paul on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Are you kidding me! Take Luck before Ponder!!!!!

  104. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Its about time we drafted a qb in the first round, ponder will be a play maker if the frazier lets him develop and play freely. I hope the vikings staff doesn’t just put him on the sidelines and ruin his confidence from not giving him playing time.

  105. By Robert on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This pick is up there with the Herschel Walker. Is the staff trying to outshine the brilliant minds behind that trade?

  106. By sam on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This draft is terrible, Ponder at 12…are you kidding me! He’s a second round qb and to let Fairley go to the Lions with the next pick….Suh and Fairley….good luck running on them AP. Clean house on the college scouts and of course Spielman!!! Once again we are the laughing stock of the draft.

  107. By Nick on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ALRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! Next year we can take Andrew Luck!!!

  108. By Woodboat on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Did any of us really think that Spielman would do any different? Do the names Troy WIlliamson and Tavaris Jackson mean anything to you. Couple him with a sub par defensive coordinator turned head coach (face it, he isn’t good…) and we are in for a few more bad years of Vikings football. Enjoy looking up at the rest of the division for years to come, fellow Vikings fans. Pathetic.

  109. By Minivike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Come on guys…lets quit the whining. The front office personnel have those jobs for a reason. If any of us was better we’d be doing the choosing. Just saying. Spielman/Frazier, they are not stupid men. There was a reason for the pick and just because we don’t know it, we can’t just blindly call stupid…This year is already strange just with the lockout, judges ruling, no OTA’s, now OTA’s…and tomorrow more rules come out regarding what the teams and players can do or not do. Its a strange year…lets just ride it out, give the kid the support he is going to need and see what happens. I’d hate to be Ponder, reading any of this..cut the team some slack and lets rally behind this kid. Hes going to need the support (considering TJ is his “mentor” right now). Welcome him, take him in..we can’t change it, whining doesn’t help, so be true Vike fans and get on the bus

  110. By Derek on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You can say hey what do we know we dont work for pro teams, well all those years with the raiders picks that were terrible (heyward bay), dolphins (ginn), troy williamson, sometimes your average guy knows that it is a reach and a horrible pick for where they are picking at. And the Ponder pick screams terrible for this high.

  111. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder=Squander

  112. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Fans are complaining about what? we needed a qb and now they wanted a defensive tackle its funny because fans were rooting for a qb. They would of lost out on ponder if they waited until 2nd round.

  113. By celticvikingwarrior on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    4 SUPER BOWL LOSES , DENNY “DECISIONS” IN 98 ATL. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, WALKER TRADE-(WHY CAN’T THIS TEAM EVER MAKE A DECENT TRADE?) DEMETRIOS UNDERWOOD, TROY WILLIAMSON,ET. ETC. “WE DEFINEATELY WON’T REACH FOR A QB”-RICK SPEILMAN YOU ARE A DESPICIBLE LIARLIARLIARLIAR–WHAT A FRICKIN JOKE. THE REST F THE DRAFT IS NOW MOOT, AS THEY WON’T GET MORE THAN ONE PLAYEER TO HELP THIS TEAM. THEY COULD LOSE EVERY GAME THIS YEAR, GET THE #1 PICK NEXT YEAR, AND NOT PICK ANDREW LUCK-I WOULD SAY THIS IS JOKE IF I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE CRYING, IT’S A ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE-I HATE MY BELOVED VIKINGS RIGHT NOW. THIS IS AS BIG A REACH AS I’VE EVER SEEN IN THE DRAFT. THEY COULD NOT TRADE BACK FOR EVEN ONE STINKING EXTRA PICK. AS HUGE A DISGRACE AS I’VE EVER SEEN….I HAVEN’T DRANK IN OVER 25 YEAR’S, BUT….I THINK I WILL HAVE A CRY INSTEAD. THIS WILL EASILY GO DOWN AS THE WORST PICK OF THE 1ST THREE ROUNDS…ETC. ETC. ETC.

  114. By Johnny on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You really let us fans down with this pick. We’re the oldest team in the league and you picked a 2nd round QB with the 12th pick. Frazier, Spielmen you messed up. You want a QB? McNabb, Kolb, Dalton even. You messed up. Daquan Bowers was still there, Nick Fairley was sitting there as well. Good luck selling this to your fans.

  115. By brandon bryant on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    WASTE OF A PICK

  116. By Colin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You guys have to realize that we are just fans. We haven’t been able to talk to any of these guys face to face, so there is NO reason to be making assumptions. I’m putting my trust in Spielman and Frazier because they obviously saw something in Ponder, that no other NFL team had seen, and that’s exciting for me as it should be for all of you out there who are true Vikings fans. Bill Musgrave will be able to groom this guy just like he did so with Matt Ryan down in Atlanta. Yes, you may have wanted some big name guy because you see their name on ESPN all the time instead of Ponder’s. But again, WE don’t see these players face to face. Frazier and Spielman have, put your trust in them Vikings fans.

  117. By vikings4life on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    WOW NICE I CANNOT BELIEVE WE PASSED ON ROBERT QUINN AND PRINCE THIS HURTS SO SMART SOOOOO SMART I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS

  118. By Robert on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You guys want a Stadium, FIRE Spielman!!

  119. By jj on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Smart, quick, accurate & a good leader.

    If he’s all those things, that’s more than we’ve ever had in a young QB.

    I think it’s a good idea to give Ponder a chance!

  120. By Chad V on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mayock had him ranked at 45 and we take him at 12th, boo urns!

  121. By DuPrece on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    DUMB A$$ vikings, im a lions fan now!

  122. By VKing56 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hey there is one good thing about this pick at least we got the pick in on time. We did’nt need that again, lol. I still feel like i could puke!!!!!!!!!!!!

  123. By Z Kalina on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    great pick

  124. By Conspiracy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    So, our O-Line is filthy bad, the Williams Wall is out for 4 games, an old DB and one coming back from a second ACL, and now Ponder. I think the vikes are intentionally trying to have a bad season so we won’t pay for a new stadium, so they can be sold and move to LA.

  125. By Richard H on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think ponder is a kid with good potential, but really, at 12. They probably could have got him in the second round, and have gotten a player with 12 that could help now. I hope the front office knows something we all do not know, but this could be a disastrous pick, and make the team look dumb, again. Skol Vikings

  126. By The Truth on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    And with the #1 Overall Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select……

    Stay tuned.
    :(

  127. By chad on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ziggy, you got rid of the head coach your 1/2 way there, not clear out the front office. What a bunch of morons who aren’t worth their weight in water. Ever since Randy Moss they’ve tried every year to find that diamond in the rought or tried to catch lightening in a bottle. Since then, many a good player has slipped through our grasps. This QB isn’t going to be anything for the Vikings or anyone else in the NFL. You could have got a clipboard holder like this in the 5th round. Blow me off all you want, but your the a-holes driving a once historic franchise right into the ground.

  128. By Daniel on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am fine with this. Good kid, and remember guys, this is musgraves guy. they went through all the QBs and decided on ponder. Don`t worry fellas! this guy will be a great QB. Good pick Vikes!

  129. By Mikey on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Give him a chance, obviously they see something in Ponder. I trust my Vikes. Although i do agree that they probably could have got him in the second round and picked up Nick Fairley 12th overall. I was definitely not expecting Ponder, it came out of nowhere but he is a good quarterback. You never know, he could be BIG. Pick up your heads Viking fans!

  130. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    All of you will jump back on the bandwagon when ponder lights up this team.

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

    @Tavman comeon there is valid concerns with this pick the team needs to explain. we needed an outstanding draft this year and first pick is a mediocre rated QB which we could possibly pick at 2nd round. don’t be calling us losers we have been bleeding purple for 4 decades and we want a super bowl

  132. By Mikilos on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What are you people talking about Mallett for? He is the worst QB prospect in this draft. He is the next Ryan Leaf and I agree Ponder was a reach but he has the best intangibles (which is a must for a NFL QB) and he has very good accuracy.

  133. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’d take ponder over locker anyway.

  134. By Eric on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Some O line help? D Help? CB? Terrible pick, but I am not suprised. Lions, Chicago, and Green Bay will dominate us!… Ponder this year, Andrew Luck next!

  135. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i guess JOE WEBB is our qb for the da rest of da season cuz therre no way pounder is better can be bring back the lockout please

  136. By Joe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is a development project. If they didn’t think Gabbert was the man then they should have taken A CB, NOT Ponder.What a reach.

  137. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t come applauding when ponder starts playing well.

  138. By Puder on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i would rather have mallett, dalton or kaepernick b4 ponder…nice pick idiots

  139. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    A cornerback for what winfield and griffin are already penciled starters what is prince going to do just show up on 3rd downs? when we already have cook also.

  140. By Natureboy68 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I do not know about this pick. It is only good if they plan on getting another qb in free agency. If not there were better players they could have got like fairley or amukamara or even julio jones.

  141. By Savage on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Calm down!!!!!! There is a ton of stuff in the works behind the curtain.
    We are all good vikings fans! HANG IN THERE and watch.

  142. By Woodboat on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Minivike and your ilk… some of us like to use the things sitting on our shoulders for something other than painting it purple and putting a pair of cheap plastic horns on. If being a “true vikes fan” means being a sycophantic ostrich, count me out :) I’m not advocating burning a bag of dog droppings on the kids porch, and we’ll all be pulling for the kid to succeed, but come on. You can’t REALLY think our team is going to be able to keep him healthy, right? WE HAVE NO O-LINE!!! Ask David Carr, a better propect than Ponder is, how it tastes to have his head rammed up his own arse 10 times a game, every game. How successful a career did Carr have?

  143. By Viking 4 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think we should give this guy and the coaching staff a chance.
    Fire Frazier?

    Really? give the man a chance.
    Settle down!!!

  144. By jobe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    PATHETIC!!!!!!! Way to waste the #12 pick speilman. What were you thinking passing on a de dt and cb. Maybe you can draft Andrew Luck next year when we have the # 1 Draft Pick.

  145. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why would we take a cb when winfield and griffin are starters already the rookie would of not even played I bet.

  146. By Joe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Even if he turns out to be a great pro quarterback, why not trade down, still be able to draft him,, and acquire additional draft choices or???? I cannot believe they would reach this high to draft a second round pick in the first round!!!!!!!!!!!!

  147. By Joe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Add Ponder to this list:

    NFL Draft History: Top 25 QB Busts of All Time

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/630885-nfl-draft-history-top-25-qb-busts-of-all-time

  148. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah lets lose all of our games to get luck instead of getting ponder.

  149. By LastPlaceVikings on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Are you planning on taking Luck with the first overall pick next year?

  150. By Wags on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, Ponder is a huge reach at #12, but don’t discount the guy just yet. Most big name QB’s in the draft end up being busts anyway. Sometimes there are diamonds in the rough, and this may be one. Besides, this guy won’t be starting this year anyway…he will be playing behind a veteran free agent, or he will be traded for a veteran free agent. Relax….let’s see how it all plays out.

  151. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What a buzz kill.

    I noticed that all of the comments that are positive are from out of state.

    After Ponder was anounced I could hear a loud scream of laughter coming from the state to the east.

  152. By vikings4life on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ponder is good but dalton is better and we could of gotten them in the second round its not about who we picked its about who we passed on PrINCE and Quinn

  153. By purplehorn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What will you think if Mallet is still there at 43? The Vikings must have a QB. We have lots of needs, but we must have a future QB so I think Ponder is not a bad pick. He wouldn’t have made it to 43. Mallet might.

  154. By fran on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The theory of Dave, this pick is to take kolb later, is posible

  155. By Joe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    That’s going to happen very easily this season.
    6 wins at best.

  156. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not saying ponder is worth a 12th pick but they were not going to get him in the 2nd round and plus teams probably broke off negotiations about trading with the vikes.

  157. By FSU and Viking fan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You Viking fans talking bad about Ponder have no freaking idea what you are talking about. Yes I am an FSU fan as well as a Viking. But some of these comments make me sick. It’s obvious some of yall know nothing about football. It’s quite pathetic.

  158. By DontPanic on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t panic. He’s smart and accurate. Also, we tried trading down, no takers. That’s why we took all our time. We thought that we had a deal, but the other team backed out. Lions were also trying to trade down.

  159. By Jason K on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe the number of people ready to jump ship on this guy.

  160. By DCfromSTP on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hmm.. I like the Ponder pick. He has great footwork, Great Football IQ. Now if the team gets the next best CB, or WR in the 2nd round I’ll be happy.

  161. By Woodboat on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    BTW, not many of us NEGATIVE fans, of which I am one, are saying that the kid sucks…. he just isn’t worth the 12th pick. We could have addressed our other glaring needs at 12, and picked him (or some other player destined to be a smear inthe backfield) in the 2nd round.

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

    HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE WHY MUST YOU TORTURE US. MALLETT WAS RIGHT THERE!!!! MALLETT WILL BE BETTER THEN PONDER EVER BE. GREAT JOB FOR DRAFTING A CAREER BACKUP AT 12. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GET MALLETT IN THE SECOND ROUND. I wonder sometimes why I’m a Vikings fan

  163. By Daniel Grasso on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is a stud!!! Extremely smart, makes good decisions. Very accurate, almost 70% completion rate in his junior year before he was injured. I have just become a Vikings fan!

  164. By fran on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Dave, were are you?

  165. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sure the vikings would of took gabbert, locker if he was there, they desperately needed a qb and it shows you this coaching staff is listening to the fans wanting a qb thanks coaching staff we need a qb hope ponder works out.

  166. By FloridaFan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ponder may have been a reach at 12 but that’s where the vikes had to pick. plus, who’s to say it’s a reach? if they got the player they wanted , then he’s not a reach. they’ve watched film of him and obviously liked what they saw. there’s no way of knowing right now what kind of a qb any of these guys are going to be.

  167. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    we dont deserve a monday night game cuz pounder will succk i cant wait for the draft grade report when we get a F adrian peterson im sorryy dat your going to have 8 man in the box all the timee cuz pounder was da worst pick ever to go in history cuz everyone knos hesuckss

  168. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not putting my eggs all in one basket but it shows you atleast they know this team needs a qb and addressed it sometimes risk will pay off sometimes it doesn’t but qb was a need for this team.

  169. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    defense wins championships anyways not offensee

  170. By merle bullard on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I haven’t heard so much whining since the packers were losing!

  171. By Noah on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ALL THE VIKINGS FANS OUT THERE YOU REALLY CANT LET DOWN ON YOUR TEAM I’VE HEARD POSTS THAT YOU’RE GONNA BE A BRONCOS OR RAMS FANS ETC. BUT REALL YOU GUY [GALS] STICK WITH YOUR TEAM FOR ALL WE KNOW PONDER COULD BE A FUTURE TOM BRADY [DRAFTED IN 7TH ROUND] AND THE FANS FOR THE VIKINGS ARE A REALLY BIG FACTOR!!!!!!!!!!! SO STICK WITH YOUR TEAM AND LET THEM DO THEIR OWN WORK=WINING A SUPERBOWL

  172. By TOM on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This is I believe a great pick! all you idiots that are bashing the kid, I got a stat that is what a great QB we havent had in decades a smart QB red zone stats career 25 touchdowns 0 interceptians thats how you win in the NFL

  173. By FAIL on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Epic. Epic FAIL. Really though, what else should we have expected from this failed and doomed franchise.
    DOOMED FRANCHISE.
    Not quite as bad as the curse of the Cubbies, but close…
    At least we have the Twins, oh wait..
    the T-wolves, never..
    Wild, nope

    Loserville USA folks

  174. By Tampavikingfan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    celticvikingwarrior , You must be the worst fan in Viking History. A true fan would look at the great picks we have made. But you have not done your homework. Ponder is a GREAT QB. He will be a great QB for the Vikes for years. You where a big fan of the Couches and Russells and the other QB’s that went #1 RIGHT? How about the guy that went #199 he was never talked about but now he has wow 3 super bowls….Tom Brady. Don’t forget a great QB is made every year in the NFL not in the media.

  175. By terry on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ive been with this team since i was 12yrs old and im fifty know all wanted was one championship before i die that wont happen now after that pick

  176. By Woodboat on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    BTW, I am quite happy that Goodell didn’t say MALLET instead of PONDER. Ponder may be a good addition to the team, but not better than Prince. Or a top OT (pick a name). Stanzi would’ve been ok. Kaepernik even. So tired of being disappointed on draft day…..

  177. By Skol_Vikes on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Man there is some serious hate on here tonight. First of all…. Mallet’s a head case. He’s had so many problems, I think he’s destined for Oakland. Yes Oakland.
    Second of all, you all wanted your QB in a weak QB draft. Well, here he is. An accurate thrower who can limit turnovers, and we still have wild cat QB Webb.
    Thirdly, I think our D-line is fine. I just want to see more playing time for Evans and Kennedy and such, because quite frankly, they’ve earned it. I would be more upset if we picked ANOTHER CB.
    3.a Give Chris Cook a chance to get healthy this season…. sheesh.
    4. I know Ponder’s a reach, but at least its not Tavaris Jackson style reach. By our second round pick, the talent would be gone.

  178. By Daryl on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m surprised they didn’t pick Brett Favre, QB from Southern Miss.

  179. By lilbill1978 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    going back to cali,see ya vikes,i use to like ya.what a dang joke

  180. By Savage on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    By Joe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Add Ponder to this list:

    NFL Draft History: Top 25 QB Busts of All Time

    Really Man? How about the kid gets a chance under center before he hits
    that list. I hope you don’t give up on yourself in your life that quick.

  181. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    All of you can jump off the team I’m watching this team and don’t come back later applauding ponder.

  182. By Viking in MD on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is an accurate pocket passer that played with more talent than Lockler. He’s better than lockler right now…Ponder has a very accurate arm and can stand in the pocket. Lockler is a scrambler…

    I must say that I like Mallat, but not at 12. Dalton is good, but was hyped to the public status like newton and gabbert.

    In closing GABBERT-BIG BUST—-CAM NEWTON =VINCE YOUNG—LOCKLER DOES NOT FIT WITH VIKES (WE HAVE GOOD SKILL PLAYERS)

    DALTON WILL BE GOOD TOO

  183. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    how often do u get a steal of a qb yea lets face it we are done for a couple years brett farve plz come back now i forgive u

  184. By jack on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    what are all of you talking about? obvoiusly not a sing one of you have ever watched ponder work on saturdays he is amazing and he will be a great addition to tis wonderful team.

  185. By squalls on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    horrible pick they should have taken ryan mallet i watched mallet for two years and he improves all the time get the outside junk worked out and he would have dpne great things
    Well if this QB doesnt work out tlyer wilson from Arkansas will be a good pick for 2013

  186. By Nicholas on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I look forward to seeing what Bill Musgrave, Frazier, and the rest groom him into. He could very well be a great QB.

    It took some guts for them to take this pick….ALL kinds of criticism already…lol.

  187. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    All of you can switch teams I’m watching this team before I judge ponder I would have to see him play first not react from thin air and analyst.

  188. By Erik the Red on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    All of you people hating on this kid need to shut up and wait and see what happens. For all we know he could be terrible or be a hall of famer, you just don’t know. So give him a break, and see how he does first before you start criticising him.

  189. By terrible pick on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Not a good pick. There were three future defensive pro-bowlers right there in amukamara, fairley, and even bowers, and every one of those picks would’ve been very smart and they would have fit a need. But of course we take the dumb way and draft a quarterback just for the sake of drafting a quarterback. With SO MANY good players right there for us to take, we make a terrible decision. I would’ve been happy drafting Ponder, but in the 2nd round. TERRIBLE PICK SPIELMAN

  190. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ppl really think dat hes going to be tom bradyy hahah joe webb all da wayy

  191. By Woodboat on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Stop with the Tom Brady talk. Anyone have the ratio of the number of success stories like Bradys as compared to the normal outcome of such picks is? What, about 47,891 to 1? Yeah, it CAN happen, and it did. Once. He plays for the Patriots, we can all watch him kick our arses for years to come.

  192. By FAIL on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I cant wait to listen to 1130AM Da FAN tomorrow morning.

  193. By Shay on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We could have gotten Amukamara(however its spelled) and Ponder in the second…this is horrible.

  194. By his cousin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    guys keep hating on him cuz idk if you knew this but he was always told he wasnt good enough yet he accomplished all acc the vikings have AP and good recievers give him time and if you guys are fans then cheer for a different team

  195. By Weslet on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    He was MVP of the Senior Bowl, and He beat Florida in his last Full regular Season Game. Not Bad. We probably could have got him later by trading down, but if noone would take the trade you take him when you can. Considering his opponents in College he is an excellent pick.

  196. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I wanted mallett but they did see something in ponder to draft him there.

  197. By Shay on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder, Webb, and Bomar…. we are going to be the new Cardinals. Oh nice, Giants just got Prince….

  198. By Fred Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I love all the people saying that they are no longer fans because of this pick. If that’s how you really feel, then see ya later….you were never a true fan. The draft is what it is….

  199. By Rick on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I hope now they will go and pick the best wide receiver in the draft. I know they need a corner really bad and more help on defense. The rest of this draft is huge for the Vikings make bad choices and next year Vikings will be picking number one overall. Come on Ziggy get your draft representatives on the ball.

  200. By QMJ on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hey it could have been worst. I do wish we wuld have got Dalton or Mallet and wuld hve loved to have cameron heyward but hey he could be the next great qb.Good luck to ponder though. We could have stuck with Joe webb he is good like the nxt micheal vick.

  201. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    we still have tomorrow picks also don’t forget

  202. By Tony on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Lighten up guys.
    We all know Dmac will be here for the next 2 years.
    This is the perfect choice to groom in to a great QB.
    They didn’t pick a druggie , a diva or a headcase. They took a guy with brains which is the most important thing in a QB.

    So they took him at 12 so what. Hes our future. He will develop and will the new stadium opens HE WILL be under center.

  203. By FAIL on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    To: his cousin
    Too bad the vikings aint going to be able to run ap with the o-line and now dare I must say, Detroits D front, and Chi Town, how is he going to get the ball to the reciev?
    Terrible town, terrible team, terrible fans

  204. By Jared on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Pouncy could have been an immediate need and would have helped our horrible line. We need a C, LT, RG and we take a long shot instead. QB will not matter if you don’t fix the O-Line!

  205. By MadMac on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ridiculous! Seriously! The Wilfs are clearly trying to move this team to LA and this pick might secure that deal. Just a joke!

  206. By TCheezy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    THE WORST PICK EVER

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

    Talk about reaching. We could have taken a cb(not many good ones around) that was rated either 1 or 2, gone into the second round and still picked up a good d-line or o-line guy(a lot of these guys around). Now we have TJ, Rhett B, a wide receiver by the name of Joe Webb for qb’s. Now we’ve added a 4th guy that was rated about 47th in the draft. This is just another embarrassment. Next year all kinds of qbs. I waited for weeks to see us get some help. We are no better off now than when we started.

  208. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The way it stand right now this draft sets us back 10 years.

  209. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am going to be be upset if the vikings just let him hold the clipboard and waste his talent not letting him play.

  210. By Canadian Vikes fan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Some of you people are a joke. I didn’t realize you could all see the future and already seem to know he’ll be bad. LOL you people know nothing clearly, if theres one way to groom a Quarterback into a star its to have zero confidence in him and throw him under the bus when he’s been on the team for an hour. Vikings fans make me sick sometimes.
    Go Ponder

  211. By Eric on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What are we thinking? He won’t be ready week 1, by the way we could have got him 30 picks later. We have no chance vs the Lions, Bears, and Packers. We will be in the running for Andrew Luck next year, way to go Vikes. Use your heads!

  212. By Great Pick! on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Best pick ever! No questions asked! Hes better than you think your just mad you havent heard of his name much!

  213. By animal26 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings needed a Corner, because Cook is just awful and having a true shut down corner, who could come in right away an produce is what makes for a first round pick. A 2nd round pick is for someone who is a developmental project. Great job for failing once again vikings. I cant believe I’m saying this, but maybe Childress wasn’t the problem. Maybe the true problem was actually Rick S. Vikings first round draft pick grade= D-

  214. By jed f on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    BRUTAL. Savvy teams seem to never let this happen. This is an unbelievable reach. Not durable, weak arm… wait exact Chad Pennington clone. What a bunch of amateurs in our front office.

  215. By Steven on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    He is smart, good short passing game, can run a little…think Fran Tarkenton.

    We will be OK as long as we continue to build a team around him.

  216. By Hogs on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I hope Ponder reads this and shoves it right up all these whining fans a$$eS, I am embarrassed to be a Vikings fan right now. Get behind this guy, he will be solid. Reminds me of Eagles fans booing McNabb at the draft because they wanted Ricky Williams. How did that work out for Philly?

  217. By AL on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s just hope there is no season this year, so we can go back to the draft next year and try again

  218. By Pel40 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Its okay if you don’t like this pick guys…but for everyone saying we could have picked up Ponder in the 2nd round or later….you guys obviously haven’t been paying attention this week, nor to tonight’s draft. Washington LOVED Ponder and thought they could trade the 10 pick to someone who wanted Gabbert and then pick Ponder up @16. If the front office liked Ponder much better than Dalton (and its obvious they did) then they had to take him at 12…they knew he wouldn’t fall past Washington and were given a gift when Washington traded down.

  219. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Its funny how fans were screaming qb now they want another position this team needs a qb more than any position.

  220. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Finally we can get back at LA for taking the Lakers.

    We will give them the Vikings with Ponder at QB.

  221. By Dumbtay Fumblepepper on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mayock compared him to Hasselbeck… must have meant the current injury prone Hasselbeck.

  222. By MN born & raised on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Im from the great state of Minnesota,and have been a fan of the North Stars,Twins,Gophers,and Vikings all my life.I am only 29 years old,but i have come to realize that I will never see the Minnesota Vikings win a superbowl in my lifetime…Top quality picks on the board,and what does the Vikings do?Pick a 2nd/3rd tier QB!We all know FSU is known for turning out hall of fame QB’s (laugh),but then again it seems like Minnesota is known for picking horrible in the draft (except for A Peterson of course – which im sure they will soon get rid of for probably a 4th round pick – maybe 5th round)…W T F ???????????

  223. By purplerainman on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I guess this means Webb is the starter. At’a boy go get ‘em Joey!

  224. By ripteflon on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    fire frazier and singletary picking this faig at #12 its alex smith all over

  225. By Fred Owens on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Rick Spieiman has got to be crazy! This is the worst pick of all. We all thought Childress was the problem, now we know who was the problem; Spieiman. This pick has made the Vikings the dope of the draft. Coach Frazier should be ashame of himsellf. Frazier will be fired with this pick because this indicate he is not ready to be a head coach.

  226. By jeff on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    the stupidest pick in the draft. What a joke, we could of gotten him in the 2nd round, why not pick fairly, amucknamara or an offensive lineman, wtf. Here we go again we will be picking in the top ten again next year. Very disappointing. Makes me sick.

  227. By Lief Erickson on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    People, calm down!!! I hope to God Ponder doesn’t see this comment board. It will scare the S__t out of him. Let things unfold and let the chips land where they may. For one thing, give the guy a chance, he just may be what the team needs. Yes, the O line needs work, but we habitually have not had a franchise quarterback since Culpepper. Only time will tell as ponder is extremely intelligent and has many intangibles which cannot be coached. Go Vikes!!!

  228. By gpa on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    They got the guy they wanted!! Smart, accurate, tough, west coast guy. I’m pretty sure Brady, Manning, and Brees are all VERY smart, and accurate!!
    Skins traded down hoping he would still be there, HE’S NOT!!!!!!

  229. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    All of you can switch teams and quit crying.

  230. By fran on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    whait! pounder the future or maybe is a move to take kolb

  231. By Beche on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is a good pick. But I feel sorry for him. As I am reading the posts its obvious viking fans are not very smart or football wise. And it sounds like tghe team sucks!

  232. By Daniel Grasso on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Jeff You’re an idiot! Ponder is amazing. Watched him for 4 years. he’ll be great!

  233. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    we are officialy one of the worst team in da league sorry jared allen percy harvin kevin williams and adrian peterson for not having a chance to make the playoffs cuz of this stupid pick defense wins gamee not a scrubby qb dat is only good in college not in the NFL

  234. By Nick on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is an excellent talent and fit for the vikings. It will be exciting to watch him grow under new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave who was Matt Ryans coach in Atlanta. He would have most likely been gone by the second round. Bravo to the Vikes for getting their guy.

  235. By Jasonh on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why draft a QB when there is no left tackle to block for him. With Mckinney still there hopefully this kid can run to his right.

  236. By Guy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wow- this board has no clue. Clearly you have not seen this kid play when he is not injured, like as MVP of the Senior Bowl You guys should save this one because you will have to eat it at some point. Take your meds and get your old ass to bed.

  237. By Sean Coyne on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Great pick Vikes!!

  238. By Alex on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wow you guys are dumb, this kid is a great guy for our system and will be good for us period. Let him sit a yr and learn everything and he will be good.

    Quit trying to act like know it alls and shut it

  239. By Dennis Walker on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Terrible pick could have got a decent QB in round 2 because they need Kolb or McNabb for a year or two. I cant believe they passed on Prince, Fairly or Jordan. Really sell this team and save us from having to watch this team with terrible management. I wont buy tickets and i surely wont support a stadium.

  240. By his cousin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    To FAIL:
    he has as good armstrength as a starter in the nfl ill admit hes no stafford or mallet but the oline has some pro bowlers on it what would be smart would be to get mcnabb then let ponder learn and groom into a starter. be a true fan and have faith

  241. By Dumbitrious Misunderstood on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Sidney Rice just decided to sign elsewhere. Aaaahhhhhhh….. rebuilding.

  242. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i would feel better if bowers fell to us second round

  243. By Great Pick! on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Its going to be so funny when everyone is praising him when he does great this everyone tearing him down now if you ever say it was a good decision you should be shot in the head. End of you! Stupid naysayers take what ya got and make the most of it.

  244. By Shawna on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Well we can say first pick next year if we have a season this year.

  245. By viiikes on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    probably need to cool the jets a little bit.

    Check it,

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-draft/09000d5d81f00f87/Game-Changers-The-QBs-hit-the-field

    Ponder is ready, Gabbert’s not quite for every down/situation.

  246. By purplerainman on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Watching this on ESPN. It was hilarious watching Gruden, Kiper and Berman’s reaction. Priceless. They looked like they smelt the worst f@rt they’ve ever smelt when they heard the Vikes pick. LMFAO….Ponder?

  247. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    WHAT YOU ARE GETTING IS A MATURE, SMART qb WHO IS GOOD AT READING DEFENSES.

    PONDER MAY ALSO HAVE A HUGE “UPSIDE” BECAUSE HE WAS INJURED IN 2009 AND HAD TO REHAB. HIS THROWING ARM BEFORE THE 2010 SEASON.

    PONDER MAY BE ALOT BETTER THAN HE SHOWED IN 2010.

    IT MIGHT JUST BE A GREAT PICK. REGARDLESS HE IS NOW A VIKING.

  248. By Vernon on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    IF Ponder produces this year.. and this year meaning NOW.. then this pick is justicified! BUT seriously Vikings front office fails to produce quality for the #12pick!! Ponder was NOT a rated top 20 player! wasnt even a top 5 in QB.. With this list of players available that ALOT of teams would love… N. Fairley, P. Amukamara, R. Quinn, even Da ‘quan Bowers!! HOW Did the front office not get a trade done to move down to 19-22 where picking PONDER and getting a 3rd rounder would not be considered a sh8t bust draft move!!… Just disappointed to see lack of reason.. If Ponder produces I’ll eat my words!.. I perferred Ryan Mallet or Andy Dalton over Chris Ponder… :*( If this draft is as bad as 2005 time for Front office heads to roll!!! Wink Hint Wink to you Mr Ziggy Wolfe. Only smart GMs + Front offices lead teams to Super Bowls.. Look across our MN/Wis boarder to see a prime example!.. GOOD luck Ponder! Go Vikings!

  249. By RMJ on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    HORRIBLE PICK. GET MALLET IN SECOND STILL. MAN VIKINGS MESSED THIS UP. ARG. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  250. By Anthony on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    man out of all that talent that was still left on the board they draft this guy come on now minnesota i really think spielman has to go our draft picks besides the obvious ones that my 2 year old son could have drafted peterson and harvin have all stunk and now this year they still have to go get a veteran qb so lets waist a pick on a guy that would be there in the 2nd round and now with fairley on the lions AP is gonna get killed and so is our qb with the sorry o-line we got man we go from super bowl favorites to probably the 4th team in our division what a joke!!!!!!!

  251. By AZ Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I really thought the Vikings organization was smarter than that. You have to be kinding me. Please tell me you have a plan because right now you look like a bunch of fools. I am beyond disappointed. Forget buying to tickets to see the vikes this year.

  252. By Great Pick! on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Defense does not win games, offense wins the games defense gives the offense the oppurtunity to win the game. Its up to the offense whether or not they make the most of the chance.!.

  253. By Pel40 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    By the way, its obvious most of the people on here get their information from that idiot Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock. Those two are proving to have NO CLUE. All week long there were rumors that Ponder was moving UP even higher in the 1st round. The people who actually KNOW things have known for a few weeks that Ponder wasn’t going to drop lower than #34 (Buffalo wanted him in the top of the 2nd).

    I think if Washington had taken Gabbert, we would’ve taken Fairley and then traded back into the 1st round to take Ponder. But with Washington sitting at 16, we knew we had to take our man at 12, and its clear that Ponder was judged to be a much better option than Mallet and Dalton. Just because ESPN didn’t think so, doesn’t mean they were right.

  254. By jimthebassman on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I was vry surprised that they picked him so high, but I’m sure that Washington would have picked him if he was still there.He does look really good in all the clips that I saw of him, and he does have the right kind of play to play in the type of offens the vikings have.HE WAS the most accurate QB at the combines and proved that he was very quick, which he will need to be considering the type of offensive line that the vikings have.I just would of liked to see them pick a top CB or an offensive lineman, something that we really need, but this could turn out to be a great pick, as long as he don’t get hurt.

  255. By Puner on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Quite a reach for Ponder. would have loved to see Nick Fairly, Prince Amukamara, Robert Quinn or Mike Pouncey. Any one of those players would have fulfilled a need and improved the team. Ponder doesn’t. However, he does put the vikings closer to Andrew Luck next season!

  256. By john g on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    we need dfense,use joe web, we can get higher draft pick next year for the BRAINS in the front office (to blow) PACKERS are looking better all the time
    we want bud grant back!

  257. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    it s funny how ponder is a what if we coulda gotten a beastly player wit the 12th pick whaat if is not good enuff

  258. By NDVikesFan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Well, I am not going to freak about our #1 pick, but it is definietly surprising to say the least. I am not going to knock it until I see it, and for you band wagoners, then go some place else, there is always the Denver Donkeys, or the Fudge Packers, but I’m still going to support this team, and sit back and watch things play out….

  259. By achilles on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t say I wasn’t shocked when they didn’t trade down or take the best on the board, but I’m not gonna be quick to bash my team. I will give Ponder the chance to prove himself. I have a feeling he will be great, but not this year. GO VIKES!!!

  260. By shaefer on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    u guys r comming of stupid. im pretty sure the vikings countless scouts know more then you FANS do. theres obviously a reason we picked him and just because he wasn’t suppose to go so high doesnt mean he wasnt talented enough. if uve been a fan for so long and r saying goodbye ur pathetic. dont call urself a fan. stop being arragont. he was picked for a reason.

  261. By hfor22 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    For those of you throwing a fit about the selection of Ponder; you need to relax. The kid is smarter than any QB in the draft, his arm strength is far and away better than what he is getting credit for (see UF game this year), and he is tough as nails. He played in a complex, pro-style offense so he is NFL ready. He will win the vikings a lot of games.

  262. By josh on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wow unreal, did’nt think anyone would see what i have seen, this guy is a machine, he averages 250-300 yards a game and had 20 td and only 8 picks last year comming off an injury, prior to that he was top of all the charts, and an amaizing QB, he was the best QB florida ever had, and is not a quitter, he was hert in 2010 from making a tackel. have hope boys, dicitions made, and i have to believe after what i know about this kid and Rick S., this was a steal steal, Congrats to the Vikings. You finally have your QB.

  263. By Jeremy Barragan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Worst pick in the draft: Vikings.

  264. By Justin F on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    It’s very clear people don’t understand the future that the Vikings face. GB started developing Aaron Rogers 6 years ago and it took them, what 3 years to do it? The Lions have been developing Stafford for several years and he’s showing great improvement. Can’t say anything about the Bears as they just got Cutler in the 2010 offseason.

    My point is that the Vikings WILL develop Ponder over a course of time and try tio mold him and Webb into franchise QBs. Most of you people here are simply ignoring the bigger picture here and rushing into premature judgment. Give them the time to help this kid become a good QB. STOP ACTING LIKE 15 YEAR OLDS.

  265. By RMJ on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    PONDER SUCKS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. HE IS WORTH A THIRD ROUND PICK IN ANY ANY NORMAL DRAFT. HAVE TO SAY THE VIKINGS REALLY KNOW HOW TO FAIL AT QB. INSTEAD OF DRAFTING THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE(MALLETT) THE GET THE 7TH, HONESTLY GET MALLETT AND HAVE A COMPETITION. PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS A DREAM

  266. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    andrew luckk with adrian peterson yeaa boi my faith

  267. By Nick on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe we should give the guy a chance before throwing him under the bus before he even puts on a jersey.

  268. By fran on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    what do you think about this?:
    whait! pounder the future or maybe is a move to take kolb

  269. By rayj0612 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    When will this team get a real GM and fire Spielman? He has been a failure wherever he has been…how could you not see this? All of that defensive talent on the board, and you pick this guy versus waiting for round 2 (because I guarantee he would have been available). Here is tomorrows headline: Vikings fans pondering about Ponder pick.

  270. By Earl on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Who among us thought that the Vikes were going somewhere in 2011. So you take a chance on a QB first round pick, so what!!? Our offensive line is old, while our defense is not quite beyond their peak. If we don’t go for a QB, then we should have improved the O line. But the fact is we should have brought along a QB last year. The Favre/Moss/Childress fiasco cost us a year when we could have been developing a QB. We have to face facts, our window to the Super Bowl closed two years ago. We must rebuild, now. Hope they pick some O linemen in the remaining draft.

  271. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    KOLB suckkss too we need improvement

  272. By Jay on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Please take mallett tomorrow please

  273. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i hate how ppl are comparing the talent on the board to pounder ppl dnt get da pointt

  274. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    WITH THE 12th Pick of the 2011 NFL draft the MN Vikings selct from the LAzy Boy U ….. Shawn

  275. By josh on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    P.S.Our Vikings, Skol Vikings

    Viking fan for life, through good and bad.

  276. By Tom on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Oh my god what ever happened to picking the best player in the draft what ever the position is, then maybe trading it for what ever you need. why is it so hard for the Viking to draft a good players. The Wilf family should fire you fu-ken idots what a waited fu-ken pick I would like to know what you were thinking. I certainly hope you plan on getting a veteran QB.

  277. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Not the worst pick. Ponder best fits our scheme, he would not have made it to the 2nd round. We should have traded down for him. Would not have been my first pick but not bad at all.

  278. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ur getting da same with joe webb and ponder woow

  279. By joshK on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    wtfff

  280. By Bryan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I like the pick. Ponder was the highest rated QB left when we picked. And no, he wouldn’t have been available at 43 in the 2nd round. He played in a west coast offense-pro style offense and was the MVP at the Senior Bowl.

  281. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Bleedpurple, you are spot-on. What is so special about Kolb?

  282. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The staff who is responsible for picking Ponder at #12 have to ask themselves, “Are we smarter than everyone else?”.

    If so, then pick ponder. If not then you should have picked one of the good defensive players that were available. I am sure you could have had Ponder in the second round.

    Within 2 years we will know if they were right.

  283. By I like to overpay for stuff on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Sure he may be a good QB but why take him so early??! He will be in the 5yr, $20 million range based on draft order. He was projected as a mid 2nd rounder! This was a good pick up but terrible draft management….

  284. By JimRad on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Goodnight.

  285. By TW VIKE on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Bring back FAVRE

  286. By Dan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ive been a Vikings fan for 30 yrs and this tops the cake. i actually hope they move to LA. Terrible pick in so many ways. Ridiculous

  287. By Parody on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What ever happened to Best Player Available?

    There were guys on the board listed as 4th, 6th and 7th in the whole draft, and we take a guy listed as the 40th! This kid better become a diamond in the rough REALLY fast…I still can’t believe the front office let this decision get made…

  288. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe the Vikes needed someone in the front office to aid spielman out with the finances.

  289. By shibby on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    only time will tell, i really wanted locker but ponder is the man now

  290. By Gator on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    those TV people arn’t allways right lok what happened to the raiders with there #1 pick and every body said great pick This kid can play and play well just wait and see what happens rember Adrian was a gamble and look who eating crow now have trust we don’t see what what our experts see

  291. By purplehorn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    You people amaze me. Everybody knows we need a QB. Ponder wasn’t going to be around by our second round. There is still lots of good players out there for our other needs. Draft day is a smorgasbord, everyone looks good in the first round. We only get one pick though. Ponder isn’t bad until he is in the league five years like TJ and washes out. Give him the playing time before you bury him.

  292. By josh on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    And all you baby’s who want to complain about the pick we made, you realy have no clue, so shhhhhhh and watch. Or go be another teams fan. All we want is support and cheers..Go MN Vikings, bring us to the promise land……………………………….SKOL VIKINGS.

  293. By bleedpurple on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    novavike thanks but we just gotta suffer another year it just suckss cuz we can still have a chance this year but this pick put us out cuz we can still be a dominant defense wit a good draft pick but thats all gonee

  294. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder was the 4th best qb on the draft boards.

  295. By morgan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder will bejust fine for the Vikings!!!!

  296. By joshK on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    vikes want to move to LA and take Luck next year!! go vikes bad draft again

  297. By purplerainman on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    There is no way the Vikes are going to bring a veteran QB in here. This guy or Joey Webb will be the future of the Vikes – like it or not. If the Vikings were going to bring in a veteran QB they would have done some patch work on their O-Line or their secondary on this pick. This is the guy. I can honestly say I trust Musgrave’s judgement – he’s one of the best. Ponder is a sharp kid and he can spin it. I truly wonder if Jacksonville is any happier with their pick at 10. In Ponder’s defense, had he had some help at Florida State and not had to deal with the Bowden slide he very well could have been prime-time. I don’t the the Chad Pennington comment Kiper made is accurate. He reminds me more of a Flacco type QB.

  298. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    WITH THE 12th Pick of the 2011 NFL draft the MN Vikings selct from the University of WTF Chri’stian ” I ” Ponder the decision

  299. By Jason K on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m gonna laugh at all the extreme critics and ready to jump ship when Musgrave turns into something great. I’m just saying I hope this shocks many people.

  300. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Still 6 rounds to get Mallet and Stanzi

  301. By Lao on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We all already knew this was coming. Earlier this week the Vikings released an article on their website which is still on titled “Vikings Ponder Risk-Reward Of Drafting A QB”

  302. By Ean on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think ponder has talent but if we get mcnabb ponder lears from him and musgrave will develope another outstanding qb!!!

  303. By bauman5 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder gives them a shot at Andrew Luck next year! Go Vikings!!!!

  304. By DaVikings on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think i’m about to be sick!

  305. By Nicholas on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m looking at some film on Ponder now. He throws an awesome spiral! It looks like he is patient, and has good decision makeing, too.
    I’m keeping an open mind.

  306. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    NOVA!!!

    Welcome back friend. C. Ponder may turn out to be a steal, just like A.D. was a few years ago.

  307. By kevin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder This! 0-16 this season. Only think that could make sense if they have a deal with Washington, get Kerrigan and get McNabb and then go for Luck next season, ha.

  308. By Parody on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I hope it shocks many people too. I REALLY hope that I am shocked beyond belief because this guy was listed as the 6th or 7th QB in the draft, potentially a 3rd rounder and we pull the trigger when there were guys who could have completely made us forget about Pat Williams or Ray Edwards.

  309. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Lots of good things about C. Ponder.

  310. By bahala na on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    we havent won a super bowl YET all we can go is UP !!!!!

  311. By viiikes on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-draft/09000d5d81f00f87/Game-Changers-The-QBs-hit-the-field

    I’m telling you guys, ponder is NFL ready. He is strong, smart, and has incredible work ethic. He got a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years (GPA 3.7) and already has his masters. Anyone who has gone to graduate school knows how absolutely ridiculous that is. Kid’s got skills and know how.

  312. By Kevin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wow Ponder is way too early but I like him great player but I understand why vikings couldnt wait longer because the redskins were going to grab him so they were in a tough stop but people are going to complain either way so hopefully vikings get good players in the second round

  313. By Jon on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This guy is not a 1st round talent! Rick Speilman has got to leave.

  314. By Ashley on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t wait for Ponder to prove all of you wrong.

  315. By josh on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    FSU/ Vikings FAN

    I agree with you completely, some fans are just idiots, thank God for fans like us, and i’m sure the Vikings them selves thank fans like us…SKOL Vikings……And Rock it Ponder

  316. By Matt on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I just might kill myself.

    My 25th birthday is on Wednesday; I’m fairly confident I’ll never see the Vikings win a Super Bowl in my lifetime. I’d rather have Jenn Sterger playing QB. I’d rather have Brett Favre’s wife playing QB, while wearing Wranglers.

    I feel terrible for Adrian Peterson.

  317. By Duck1522 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe the viks plan is to get to 1st pick next yr and draft Luck

  318. By jobe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is third round talent, McNabb got benched for Rex Grossman, and Kolb is no good. How do you know ponder fits in our offensive sceme when this is musgrave’s first year. FACE IT, THE PONDER PICK WAS A BAD ONE SINCE THERE WERE BETTER PEOPLE ON THE BOARD. Maybe we can get Carson Palmer hahaha

  319. By Kevin A on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why doesnt people just watch this guy play and stop complaining it wont help if people just complain

  320. By Vikeaholic91 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why??? Your telling me the Vikings couldn’t have traded that pick to anyone? No one wanted to jump up to 12? We needed a shutdown DB or a RDE and DT and they were all there! I am ashamed to be a Viking fan tonight! Makes me sick!

  321. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Remember we are talking about THE COUNTRY when it comes to the draft. It is easy to miss a talented player.

    Ponder hurt his throwing arm badly in 2009. He has a “HUGE UPSIDE.”

    HE ALSO SEEMS VERY MATURE FOR A COLLEGE KID.

  322. By kevin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think with the new coaching staff, we are going to turn things around, and a new QB, no matter who he is, is a good start in the right direction.

  323. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    How are you Fred? Have been away for a while but had to get my 2 cents worth in tonight. As for Mcnabb and Kolb, haven’t we had enough Eagle rejects?

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

    Weak arm and injury prone. With the viking O-line he will play one down and then ride the bench for 15 years. If they could not trade they could have selected a way better pick.

  325. By THE SMITH TO ANDY B on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Still Pondering????????

  326. By RMJ on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    SOOO BAD. PLEASE TAKE MALLETT TOMORROW. MORE THE MERRIER, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  327. By Eddie Torres on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Look, I must say that I was a bit shocked with the pick, but we all need to let this play out and give the guy a chance. He wasnt listed at the bottom of the barrel, so GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE AND SEE WHAT HE DOES…he may surprise all of us!

  328. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    HEY, SETTLE DOWN!

    C. PONDER IS A VIKING NOW. COME BACK AND COMPLAIN 3 YEARS FROM NOW.

    UNTIL THEN SUPPORT HIM, AND ANYONE ELSE WE DRAFT.

  329. By Jason K on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    all these people saying he was projected 3rd or 2nd rounder. I can’t remember where I read it but he had been climbing up the boards all week and was projected in the first round last I heard. We didn’t reach that much if we did at all. NFL ready and don’t be too shocked if he starts this year. I don’t think people know very much with all the uninformed comments on here. Do some of these people watch college football at all? IDK I’m hoping to see something great.

  330. By Tommy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    CALM DOWN, this kid could be good. Will u all be on here singing about how great he is if he takes the purple to the promised land? Smart pick by the Vikes, no way Ponder would have been available in the second round.
    GO VIKES!!!

  331. By bc on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why didn’t we take Cameron Jordan? I know we need a qb but if we’re that desperate we should’ve taken a winning quarterback like Andy Dalton. This is a complete reach that will come back to bite us.

  332. By matthew on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    you needed a QB and there was no one better to pick dalton sucks and mallet sucks . and i dont get why people are betraying there team just for a draft. your season isnt over yet viking fans

  333. By purplerainman on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    These guys aren’t dumb (Musgrave, Spielman and etc.). They know what they are doing. It’s the same reason Dalton is still on the wire. Looking at the short film that was posted earlier Ponder looks like he’s blowing Gabbert out of the water. At one point ESPN had Cam and Gabbert at 1 & 2 and actually had Gabbert going higher than Cam after the NFL combine. So in short…where they had him is a bunch of BS – these guys obviously see something in this kid. Anything should be better than last year. This really should be a time of optimism.

  334. By celticvikingwarrior on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Tampavikingsfan, S.M.D. I’VE DOME AS MUCH HOMEWORK ON THIS TEAM OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS AS ANY FAN. JUST SITTING BACK AND LOVING THE GREAT PICKS WE’VE MADE OVER THAT TIME IS EASY AND EXCEPTIONALLY STUPID, ONE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE OTHER . NO, I DID NOT LIKE COUCH OR RUSSELL- I DID HOWEVER LOVE TOM BRADY FROM BEFORE I SAW HIM BRING THE WOLVERINES BACK FROM 28 OR 31 POINTS DOWN IN THE 4TH QTR. AGAINST THE WORST “BIG SCHOOL” TEAM OVER THE LAST 35 PLUS YEARS, THE “MIGHTY” GOPHER’S, AND WAS ABOUT AS UPSET AS I WATCHED THE VIKES PASS ON HIM ROUND AFTER ROUND, AS I AM TONIGHT, HE REMINDED ME OF A JOE MONTANA IN HIS PRIME, AND I HAVE WITNESSES. SO DON’T ATTACK MY OPINION, YOU’LL LOSE EVERY TIME . PONDER MAY TURN OUT TO BE A DECENT NFL QB , BUT HE CAN’T STAY ON THE FIELD, MISSING HIS TEAMS LAST 2 BOWL GAMES–IF HE GET’S TO PLAY WITH THE VIKES HOW DO YOU THINK HE’LL DO BEHIND A LINE THAT ALMOST GOT AN NFL HALL OF FAMER (TO BE)KILLED KNOWING HE WAS THE BEST CHANCE TO GET TO THE SUPER BOWL. IT WAS JUST WAY,WAY,WAY,WAY TO EARLY TO PICK HIM. PERIOD !!!!!!

  335. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Nova,

    I know where Nova Scotia is now. It’s on the east coast of Canada.

    Why do they have so many American Classic Cars in Canada? Lots of the cars I see on the internet have NOVA SCOTIA license plates.

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

    hey Frederick what did I say. QB in the first round

  337. By joshK on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    if we wanted to blow a year we could draft an OL/CB and just not sign a FA QB. the vikes are puttin there money on Ponder. i hate this pick. ruined my anniversary

  338. By Vikoholic on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    There is no way that Ponder would have been there through the second round. The top 7 QBs will be gone by the 12th pick of the 2nd round (Vikes pick). Ponder and Dalton will be good smart QBs and will be ready to play before Kaepernick. Ryan Mallett is the next Ryan Leaf. There is no doubt the Vikes tried to trade back in the 1st to pick up Ponder later in the first and get a third round pick, but couldn’t get it done. The Vikes need 2 QBs and had to pull the trigger now or wait until the fourth or fifth and get somebody like Nathan Enderle or Pat Devlin. This will not be a bust pick, worst pick of all time, and all the other nonsense being posted.

  339. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Do you feel lucky? Yup, Luck next year.

    Thank God that there is no lottery in the NFL.

    Since we will be the worst team this year we may as well get rid of some of the aging players who used to be good for draft choices for next year.

  340. By RMJ on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

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  341. By matthew on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    STOP JUDGING PONDER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOST OF YOU HAVENT EVEN SEEN HIM PLAY

  342. By Stevicus on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Although surprised at the pick of Ponder, I’d choose accuracy over arm any day. Let’s see what the kid can do. All the quarterbacks have question marks. I do agree we need to upgrade our offensive line now. The pass protection has been horrendous and any help we can give our running game will pay immediate dividends!

  343. By Chris on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Fire Spielman!!!!

  344. By Lito on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Only time will tell whether Frazier and Ponder will prove the fans wrong. Let’s see who the other draftees are and see if the Vikes did their best to improve this team.

  345. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Celtic,

    Yeah, that’s why so many people did plea for the drafting of offensive linemen.

    We may get one yet. Stay tuned.

  346. By Skyking on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I would have preferred Prince Amukamara or Fairley. That being said at lot of people had Ponder rated as the 4th best QB and he was the 4th QB drafted. This guy can play and I think he will play well if doesn’t get injured. If they going plug him in as the starter they need to move Webb to WR. That way Ponder has someone to throw to plus then they could bring Webb in to run the Wildcat. Obviously they had their sites on this guy from the beginning and they should have traded down a few picks and got back the 3rd rounder wasted on the Moss trade.

  347. By mcviknigs22 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    How does anyone know how any player will pan out in the NFL? If you like a player, draft that player! C. Ponder is a desent player, the history is not written, I hope he is the QB of our future, our war room thinks so, they are the pros. We are the fans that need to back our team. Now go and get some lineman!

  348. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I hope Ponder proves me wrong, I dont dislike him …. but he was prjected as a second rounder, meaning we should have gotten a starter at 12 and Ponder in the second

  349. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Even Vince Lombardi had his detractors.

  350. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Musgrave developed Matt Ryan, You know he was asked which one do you think you can develop into the best? And he picked Ponder, then they went after him aggressively.

  351. By Vikeaholic91 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This pick smells just like Spielmans pick last year when he took Gerhart. BAD!!!

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

    the question was that ponder had a 6.5 value and there were higher players availible. it has really nothing to do with Ponder just the point that there were higher rated QBs. It is very possible he would have been there in the second round. Why it is falling it’s extremely likely Ponder would have been there. There is a lot of room here for complaints o this pick

  353. By Huy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t say that I wasn’t surprised that we picked Ponder at 12nd, but I think we should wait and see how he does before judging him..Plus, I watched Senior Bowl and based on that game, I would take Ponder over Dalton or Locker, ANYDAY

  354. By Jason K on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I do pray our 43rd pick is an OL. Biggest need now especially if we don’t get a Vet QB. Who knows, we may have picked him for someone else to use him as a chip in a trade for one. A lot will happen in the next week starting tomorrow.

  355. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We need more than one QB. I still think the Vikings may need to get a good free agent QB.

    NOW ABOUT THOSE O. LINEMEN AND D. BACKS…

  356. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Vickoholic – go Ponder the pick on your own time.

  357. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Huy,

    Thank you for that comment.

    There are alot of surprise picks every year in the NFL. Some of them work out.

  358. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Gerhart was a great pick.

  359. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, it just seems that there are a lot of collectors, I used to have a /70 Cuda. You really have to take care of them, because of the salt air.

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

    I get no love from Fredrick on being spot on in the first round. I have been golden on vikings moves as of late

  361. By purplerainman on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Locker is a project that we do not have the time to take on, Gabbert couldn’t hang in the NFC north – it would be the same situation the Lions face with Mathew Stafford. Mallet is 3 feet away from a psych ward, Dalton’s would have been decent but seems like he needs to grow-up still. I actually think Ponder is a decent pick. He’s got some great studs to throw to in Rice, Harvin and Shank, and a great back. I would really like to see them make some power moves later on, for their secondary and O-Line.

  362. By matthew on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    stop judging what if ponder leads the vikings to the super bowl in a couple years

  363. By Kevin A on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @skyking I think the vikes tried moving down but they couldnt get a deal and redskins wanted at 16

  364. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    OL and secondary the rest of the way

  365. By Mark on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Have any of you actually seen Ponder play? Mallett might have a bigger arm but he will be out of the NFL before Ponder because he is trouble! Ponder is smart and will be a great qb for the Vikings!

  366. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This pick has made people Ponder. Or is that wander….off.

  367. By PAUL M. on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    THIS HURTS AS MUCH AS THE DOCTOR WHO, WHILE HE WAS MANIPULATING MY DISLOCATED BONE BACK INTO PLACE, WAS TELLING ME, “DON’T WORRY, THIS WILL WORK OUT JUST FINE.” ALL I COULD DO WAS TO SCREAM AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS!!!

  368. By viiikes on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Right on purplerainman. I just feel like if you watch video of this kid, he has the know how for an NFL quarterback. He’s also coming in under Musgrave, and has AD in the backfield. This will be interesting with Joe Webb, I wonder if they put him in at Wide Out with Sidney on the fence? Nothing against Joe Webb at QB, I just think his success is due to his athleticism, not necessarily his QB attributes.

    Plus w/ Percy in the slot, this kid is going to have some help as a rookie. I’m already jacked for next season. Now lets draft some OL and D!!!!!!

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

    SEEN ENOUGH PONDER. WATCHED SEEN. HE IS IS AVERAGE. AND AVERAGE IN COLLEGE IS FAIL IN THE NFL. THIRD ROUND PICK ANY OTHER YEAR. GAME OVER

  370. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Viikes,

    Thank you for listing the website.

    Viking Fans need to be JUST A LITTLE more patient!

    Spielman might be executive of the year.

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

    this is a heavy DL draft I am thinking we will look to the defensive line next round.

  372. By Jason K on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    He wouldn’t have been there in the second round because the redskins were going to take him.

  373. By Tommy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Have any of you idiots blasting this pick ever watched Ponder play? I’m guessing not. This kid is a SMART football player. The Vikes drafted a young QB who will have a great NFL career. The purple finally drafted a kid who will get it. GREAT PICK!!!!!

  374. By animal26 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We Viking fans can forget about drafting any great CB’s, since Prince was the last great one. The only way the Vikings can improve the secondary a little, is to draft a good quality Free or strong safety. Now that I’ve had a chance to calm down, I’ll give Ponder a chance. I do agree with many that he was drafted way too early, but I guess only time will tell. SKOL VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  375. By chris on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    last time I checked we have had good to great picks in the draft in recent years…why is everyone so freaked out…Peterson, Harvin,traded for Allen…everyone needs to quit the complaining and support the team. And don’t break your arms when all you pessimists are trying to get back on the bandwagon! Be a real fan and give him a chance.

  376. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Smart and accurate you can’t teach those traits.

  377. By firefrazier on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    they picked up right where childress left off

  378. By joshK on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    hate this pick but if we get Raheeme Moore ill be somewhat happy.. if we dont this will agitate me till next years draft…

  379. By animal26 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Now the Vikings have to draft either Free/strong safety, Offensive linemen, defensive linemen, receiver, maybe another running back, and Linebacker. Lets get it down Vikes!!!!

  380. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Paul M got it right.

    I feel like I am at the Dentist and he is leaning over me saying “this won’t hurt a bit.” Just then I hear the drill start up…and the 12th pick is….

  381. By Aaron on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    What a reach, which vikings brass said they wouldn’t do. Absolutely terrible.Easily available in the 2nd round. Way to go speilman, last year with Cook, previous years with ryan cook and T-jack, just wasted picks. Go after a DE, a corner, or an o-lineman. way to waste another pick and set them back years with this pick. At least draft someone of value, to replace a pat williams, or ray edwards, or mckinnie on the line, seriously garbage. WTF!!!

  382. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Viikes,

    Remember Joe has been a QB most of his life. It seems that the only year he played WR was that one year in college. (Well you could say he was a part-time WR for the Vikings, for part of last season.)

    Joe Webb is a quarterback, not a wide receiver.

    I cringe every time somebody talks about him being in the wildcat.

  383. By viking1 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Atleast we didn’t draft newton

  384. By Meekay on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I hope for the best with Ponder, but we did pass on some talented tackles to get someone we probably could have gotten in the second round. I just hope they know what they’re doing.

  385. By SoCalVike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Musgrave did well with Matt Ryan so let’s hope he can work his magic

  386. By Vikeaholic91 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Both Peterson and Harvin fell in the Vikings laps! No thought was needed there and I seems as if there was no thinking again this year.

  387. By purplerainman on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The more I am watching this guy on you tube the more I like him. He does look NFL ready. I love the fact that he’s taking snaps under center non-stop in these flix. Now I can see what Gruden’s been talking about with these other guys not taking snaps under center. Pretty sweet.

  388. By Vikkkkeeee on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    This Guy has potential. Vikes, you have FOUND YOUR GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  389. By animal26 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    done*

  390. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think that the Vikes have solved their stadium woes, with the number of fans who will be showing up to watch this team they could play at any one of a number of high school fields in the area.

    Have a drawing each week to determine where they are going to play the next game. Kind of like last year.

  391. By keith on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    stop your crying ponder will be a stud there is no doubt about it he is better than any qb on the roster now.

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

    0-16 OR 1-15. LETS GET LUCK NEXT YEAR OR GET MALLETT TOMORROW. PONDER=FAIL.

  393. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Gerhart was a great pick, heisman runner up in the 2nd rd. every pick is a gamble.

  394. By vikelifer on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I agree this was a bit of a reach,they should have traded down a gotten more picks then picked Ponder.But all you haters out there you SUCK give the kid a chance he is really smart, look at Culpepper he had a big arm and where did that get us, he was stupid.San Fran went along way with a controlled west coast off.with a smart QB.Stupid is trading your 3rd pick away for someone you already gotten rid of then you get rid a him for nothing a few weeks later.

  395. By percyalltheway on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    you guys hating on ponder make me sick. The coaches and front office know what they are doing. They obviously liked Ponder over Mallet, and Dalton. Also they obviously did their hw and watched tapes of this kid and had private workouts with him. Im excited to see how musgraves develops this Ponder. Also we couldnt have traded back to get him because the redskins traded back thinking they could get him beaacuse they really liked him. we wouldnt have gotten him if we would have traded back. So everyone hating chill out and have faith in your team. and for everyone saying their no longer vikings fans, you obviously werent fans in the first place… so peace out to you guys. GO PONDER AND GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!

  396. By Huy on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Somebody is saying that we should have picked Nick Fairley, Prince Amukamara or Quinn….Would you guarantee that they would turn out to be making more contribution than Ponder would ? How many Defensive Linemen have we drafted in the 1st round that turned out great ? It’s a gamble…

  397. By Shawn on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    **** NEW RULE ****

    From Now on the first 2 preseason games should be played 2 weeks after the draft …. and any player who has started more than 2 games in the prior season shouldnt be eligable.

    For the record I just made that up but I want to see Ponder in Purple RIGHT NOW !!!!!

  398. By QB on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    One thing I know after reading this blog for awhile, ya’ll have no clue!! I don’t know if Ponder is the answer, but I do know I’ll take brains, and a reasonably good athlete over a gifted athlete like Newton who’s an entertainer and icon before the first snap. Time will answer what you can’t see.!!!

  399. By Dan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

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  401. By viiikes on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @ Frederick Jones

    Joe’s got some pretty crazy hops though (did you watch that video of him at winter park last year hurdling those step pads?). I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pull down the deep ball much like Rice ’09 (and the end of ’10 I guess). I’m sure they’ll have the QB open to competition as Frazier has already alluded to, I guess I’m just pumped w/ Ponder. Let the best QB win obviously.

    I guess it seems like people really bought into the hype this year for the QB class (judging on their response to the #12 pick). I just didn’t ever really get too excited about any one guy, no one stood out to me as THEE shining star. Definitely happy we are bringing someone who appears to be the type of guy you want on your team. Seems like Ponder could be a leader.

  402. By CrazyFan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Vikes fans don’t be forgetting that Webb beat the Eagles, now why they wasted a first round pick on a good qb when you have your starter already on the team.

  403. By Dan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Protect this guy, he’s amazing when he’s healthy!!!!

  404. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    ***** THIS JUST IN FROM THE VIKINGS BRAIN TRUST *****

    The Vikes will pick Mallet in the 2nd round. Then they will institute a rotation system where they rotate all 3 quarterbacks (SpiderWebb, GoPonder, Mallethead). Before each game the quarterbacks will play rock paper sissors to determine what down they will play.

  405. By Devon on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    It’s all about the talent we passed up to pick this QB that won’t be ready for a year or so. Fairley, Prince, Jordan and a few others would have contributed right away this year like first rounders should. IF we already had that veteran QB in place for Ponder to sit behind and learn, then it would be a different story. I have no doubt the Vikes will go out and find a veteran QB, but they could have waited until next year to find that QB of the future. I’m very disappointed in the Vikings front office… If Ponder ends up rocking it this year, then I’ll eat my words, but I severely doubt that will happen.

  406. By Dave Dilly on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Pathetic. Another TJ. Great pick Vikings??? We’ll see you in the playoffs in about 5 years.. Look forward to the bottom of the Central Division for a few years. Fraiser Good Luck. Your Job is contigent on your miraculouis pick. Just like your predicessor who based hiis job on that idiot TJ. Good Luck with free agency at the QB position. Your going to need it to keep your job.

  407. By klerkh on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Look naysayers (aka typical Vikings fans), the guy is the 4th overall rated QB. Vikes need a QB. The way it was going, a quality pick wasn’t going to be available later on. On top of that, the Vikes tried to trade down, but it didn’t work out. Kids got brains and is tough. Give the kid (and Leslie) a chance!

  408. By Carter on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder= smarter version of cutler

  409. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    After review, I think that this was a good pick. If he can’t play quarterback he can help Ziggy build a new boat out front.

  410. By GreenMezz on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Normally I’d agree with you klerkh, but this was an overstretch for #12. I thought Mallet was #4 QB anyway, but oh well, we’ll Ponder this decision for years and hopefully it will work out. We got too greedy trying to trade down and ended up overreaching as a result. What happened to drafting the best player on the board regardless of position? Time for Spielman to go!

  411. By percyalltheway on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Just be happy that TJ isnt playing this year

  412. By scotticus on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I thought Frazier would bring some tact to this organization, what a joke. I think Spielman should go play with his buddy Millen and laugh about how fun it is to purposely ruin an organization. I hope Ziggy moves the team to L.A. and tosses him out of the plane on the way.

    Sincerely,

    Ex-Viking Fan of 40 years

  413. By PAUL M. on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    WHAT GOOD IS ANY QB IF YOU’VE GOT “KING KONG” & NICK FAIRLEY HUNTING HIM DOWN AGAINST OUR O-LINE??

  414. By GreenMezz on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    LOL, way to bring a Matt Millen reference into this. Hated everything else you mentioned though.

  415. By rick on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Stop freaking out Vike fans? Ponder is the real deal, he has been injury prone but he is a beast when healthy. You will win with Ponder, he is now working on his doctorate after getting his MBA. In 2 years Vikes 12-4 division winner.

  416. By Carter on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The vikings staff better develop ponder to his strengths and not save him on the sidelines, give him playing time so he can build that rhythm early on, mistakes will come but that’s with every qb.

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

    It’s amazing how bored i get watching Ponder highlights. yawn. Late second round pick at best. PICK MALLETT TOMORROW TO REDEEM YOURSELVES!!!! MORE QB’S THE BETTER!!! Why must you torutre us Vikings. REDEEM YOURSELVES!!!! ITS OK IF YOU PICK MALLETT TOMORROW. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.

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

    there is a reasom why this kid wasn’t there to walk up on the stage……because no one him going in the first round!

    move to la so can wash my hands of this team!

    bad shoulder……two operations on throwing elbow…..hasn’t fininshed the last 2 seasons because of injury…….going to a team with no o-line….spells 1st pick in next years draft!

  419. By Carter on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings staff don’t micro manage ponder like chilly did with his other qb’s let him feel the speed of the game so he can get comfortable and relax. Let him go out there and have fun like rodgers.

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

    looks like frazier won’t b here long!

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

    fun ? kid is a back-up qb in the nfl!
    fun?

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

    JUST GET MALLETT TOMORROW!! (BANG HEAD ON WALL) HAVE WEBB PONDER AND MALLETT COMPETE!

  423. By xvike on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    LOL 98 yd td not impressive at all. It was way under thrown. His receiver had his man beat (probably because he got tripped up a little) and he had to wait for the ball to get to him. It was so under thrown that the corner almost caught up to his receiver even though the cb slipped! I don’t think he is a franchise qb. I think he is smart, and can make good short throws(with little zip), but he’s a decent starter at best much like Jon kitna or those other decent vets that float around in the nfl team to team.

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

    0-6 in our own division next year….

    maybe the lockout would b a good thing…..

    so we don’t have to watch this S$%^ this year!

  425. By animal26 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    everyone, lets forget about this round and lets look to the next round. Who should they go after in round 2?

  426. By Josh S on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Guys, as a current FSU student and lifelong Noles fan I can tell you you guys got a great QB. Probably considered one of the best in FSU history. He will do good for you.

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

    I WILL BUY A MALLETT JERSEY AS SOON AS YOU DRAFT HIM. PLEASE!!! AND I WILLPROTEST FOR A STADIUM IF YOU GET MALLETT!!! PLEASE DON’T DESTROY ME LIKE THIS!!! GET MALLETT!!!

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

    GET MALLETT STILL. REDEEM YOURSELVES!! *CRAWL IN FETAL POSITION* WHY DOES VIKINGS TORTURE ME LIKE THIS. I REALLY HAD HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!! REDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEM

  429. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Every year I love watching people cry and say they are no longer vikings fans. Every year, every draft.

  430. By CPizzle on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Way too much other talent on the board. and its not like Ponder was going anywhere soon. completely wasted 1st round pick. disgusting. Cant wait for Joe Webb to skeet on his ass in the qb competition this summer. Killin me Vikes.

  431. By lcky777769 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s something to “Ponder” Why not Mallet?

  432. By PAUL M. on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    THIS ORGANIZATION HAD BETTER PRESENT US WITH A SOLID OFFENSIVE LINE THIS SEASON OR I WILL FREAK WHEN I SEE OUR QB BEING DRIVEN OFF THE FIELD.

  433. By lol on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why not Mallett? YOu want Jamarcus Russell part deux?

  434. By lol on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    It could have been worse, Tennessee took Locker.

  435. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    He would have been gone at 16, He will be forced to start next season because of his draft position. They will no longer be looking for a veteran. We will not win much this year but I wasn’t expecting much this year anyway, He will develop nice.

  436. By Nebraska Viking on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Give the guy a chance. No one comes to your work telling you morons how to do your jobs. Rick S. and co. does this 365 days a year, i think they know a bit more than you jokers. I hope Ponder tears it up this season and i can again call you all morons again when you are saying “yea i knew we shouldve picked him at 12!”

  437. By lcky777769 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is injury prone and weak armed he cant and wont play well at the speed and level of the NFL, hence why he only had a 6.5 analysis grade in the draft compared to Mallet’s 7.4.

  438. 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.

  439. By BaazookaJoe on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i’m not upset that they picked a Ponder, i knew they would at some point but to take a 2nd round QB in the first round is a waste. There are so many positions that could have been addressed and esp. in the o-line, none of our QB’s will have time to throw if we dont get better on the line. Plus i hope to heaven that they can keep Sidney or our WR core is going to stuggle.

  440. By BigPurpleCod on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think that Ponder was the best option for QB (aside from Kaepernick, but as a Nevada student, I am biased). Now we need to pick up one of the DE’s that this draft has so many of, as well as one or to Offensive Linemen. Ponder’s judgment will prove to be vital and I think that we can do a lot of good work. YEAH.

  441. By Kyler on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ok OK oK . I’m guessing they know something we don’t. BUT at 12 in the first is what gets me. No doubt in my mind we could have got him in the 2nd.

  442. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mallet may have a little more upside in the long run(maybe) But I (and they) think Ponder is closer to NFL ready and I think thats what the pick was based on. The needs they have now.

  443. By Duane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The best fit for Ponder is the Gophers.

  444. By PAUL M. on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    OUT OF ALL THE GREAT UNITS IN NFL HISTORY, LIKE A GREAT LB UNIT, OR A GREAT SECONDARY, OR A GREAT D-LINE OR QB & BACKFIELD — THE ONE MOST CRITICAL UNIT THAT SHOWS UP OVER & OVER AGAIN THROUGHOUT SUPER BOWL HISTORY IS A GREAT OFFENSIVE LINE!

  445. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Duane,

    I liked your blog on the 3 young QBs playing Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who gets to play which down.

    I think they call that SATIRE, was that your intent?

  446. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I didnt think they would even take a qb early, I thought webb and a veteran pickup was the plan. Webb could still be developed, but they must have other plans. Ponder would not be available in the 2nd round, the skins wanted him.

  447. By scotticus on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Every throw I watched from these “great highlights” was Ponder throwing off his backfoot while staring down his receiver on every play. How is that “smart”?

  448. By Me on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mallett is terrible. Arm strength without accuracy or mobility makes you Jamarcus Russel/Ryan Leaf. I am a vikes fan in Florida and the kid is good. I know you dont see a lot of him, but he is fast, good leader, decent arm strength, and above average accuracy. He will do great in play action. Just give the kid a chance. He is very similar to Andy Dalton, but a better leader and played in a truer NFL system.

  449. By Kyya on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

  450. By Skyking on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Round 2 Wish List :
    1) trade down for more picks
    2) Brandon Harris CB MIA 4.46 40
    3) Stephen Paea DT OSU 49 bench reps
    4) Martez Wilson LB IL 4.42 40
    Harris would probably start, Paea is freakishly strong, and Wilson the 250 LB is faster than Harris.

  451. By Kyya on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Watch that video i just posted.

  452. By shukin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    fredrick you are a moron…………..when we are in the playoffs you better shut your yap!

  453. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I admit that I’ve been a little insensitive to the many people who follow the college games, and lean towards players they know.

    There are a few people, including some “experts,” who think the Vikings made a good decision picking Ponder.

    Time will tell. The Vikings still have Joe Webb, and there are good free agent quarterbacks we can bid on.

    Next up: :) :) :) :) :)

  454. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @shukin,

    What are you upset about???

  455. By Carter on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings staff might want to develop him there is no point of drafting him at 12 and baby feeding him let him get in the speed of the game he will make mistakes but will improve as time goes on. Lets not have another john david booty and tyler thigpen just holding a clipboard learning nothing on the sidellines.

  456. By shukin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sick of your negativity””””””phaloon

  457. By Carter on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings need to develop ponder and don’t let him warm the benches, I would start him let him have the feel of the game, letting him rest on the sidelines will just be wasting his talent let him play his game and start where he left off. Alot of coaches are too afraid to throw a rookie qb in the game because they will make mistakes, of course they will just like any franchise qb over time comfort will kick in and he will get the flow going.

  458. By shukin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder reminds me of Breezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  459. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mallett could be great in about 4 years, I think the vikes need something a little sooner. I think the smarter less physically talented guy with good mechanics would be better sooner, Brad Johnson won a superbowl. T Jack is gifted physically, webb has a cannon, so I dont care about malletts arm. If we had to get a qb it was a good pick.

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

    hmmm It’s nice how some here were pushing the issue about how they were sure what picks were going to be. I said all along the Vikings were going to pick a QB and now no one want’s to pony up and say that I was right all along I pony up when I am wrong. Time for some others to do the same.

  461. By shukin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hear Hear Mike. Go Ponder, I’m a believer!

  462. By Frederick Jones on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Shukin,

    That does not answer my question. What did I say?

  463. By shukin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Have a look at the last few weeks of your comments!

  464. By treyman11 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Most of you guys are idiots… it was a great pick if you really knowfootball… and not just a moday morning quarterback… wow and i like the same team as these losers

  465. By Daniel on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    All of you guys who just complain and cry about this pick, sound just stupid! I mean really, this guy fits. Take some of your time and do a little research on the kid. He outshines ALL the QBs in this draft. Look, Musgrave likes him and has do deal with these guys. They like him and you should get behind him too. Have some pride! Stop with the should have could have. Fans did not want Kevin williams either. Get behind Ponder or support a differant team!!

  466. By shukin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder was meant to be, now just get Moss to help him mature!

  467. By nofalcon28 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Go Vikes! Win or Lose I got your back

  468. By shukin on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Parody 8===D

  469. By Skyking on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Believe it or not CBS Sports.com gave the Vikings an A for selecting Ponder.
    However the Lions got an A+ for selecting Fairley and the Giants also got an A for selecting Amukamara. I think Ponder will be a good player I just don;t see him as having ‘way’ more upside than Webb. I hope they find a a role for Webb he has got to much talent to sit on the bench as the 2nd or 3rd string QB.

  470. By vikesfan10 on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    How can you call your self fans?? ponder could be the best qb in the draft we dont know yet… only time will tell but people were also hesitant to take harvin and peterson…peterson for health reasons, so give the vikes a chance and get excited for football go ponder!!

  471. By Brian on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder will be a good Quarterback, FSU and the Vikes run the same style west coast offense. Give him a chance, if you are not a REAL Vikes fan see you later. Did you not see the senior Bowl MVP, 132 yards and 2 touchdowns! Looks pretty good to me. Yeah it was a stretch at 12 but look what the Redskins did they went to 16 hoping the vikes would do the same. All I know is only Time will tell.

  472. By Shane on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think it was a bit too high for him, we could of got quinn or fairly or even prince amuakarma. He won’t be a starter this year so i would expect them to get mcnabb or hasselback possible to help him, he will have to wait for a year or two until he is the starter. I can wait for that because we are going to suck this year regardless.

  473. By Brian on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The redskins wanted Ponder themselves I think Frazier was smart! He got the guy he wanted and Give him a Chance!

  474. By Mr Smiff on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not mad at the Ponder selection, but why waste a first round pick on what is a project qb at best? We could have gotten Pouncey, Amukamara, Solder, Casey Matthews (think of the brother-vs-brother subplot), or if we really needed a qb in the first round that badly, Mallet. I really don’t get this.

  475. By bob on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    wow i cannot believe we have so many crybabies for fans!!! you guys are idiots obviously they say something in ponder that you idiots did not did you evaluate him no did you sit down and talk to him no. so shut your mouths. and if you call yourself vikings fans then im ashamed to be one. really its like you have a crystal ball. how do you people know what he will acomplish. just look at brady when the pattriots drafted him. no come on and support your team insted of being so negative.

  476. By JIM on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    TAKE IT EASY GANG…. They are the experts, we are the fans. Lets all take a wait and see aproach to this before we “quit on the Vikes”. This pick may work out fine. How people that just casually watch football can say people that live football are totally wrong is amazing!

  477. By Nicholas on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The more film I watch on Ponder, the more I like him. Not to mention his outstanding work ethic, and the fact that he was in a pro style offense in FSU. He is exactly what Musgrave was looking for.

    He made the most sense for the Vikings @ 12, I totally understand it now. The ONLY thing that Ponder doesn’t have that the other QB’s of his supposed class have, is HYPE. That is probably the number one reason why everyone is disappointed…there wasn’t much HYPE on Ponder.

    Well, he has great stats, is super intelligent, is a great decision maker, and will be fantastic for our west coast system once we get the ball rolling.
    Good Pick Vikings!

  478. By vikings4life on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Ive been mad for about two hours but there is nothing to do but support ponder and the vikings going forward its sad that if ponder isnt ready to go this year then we missed out on an impact player on defense Jimmy smith Cam Jordan Robert quinn Prince amukamara but we do have plenty of picks left so all we can hope for is some good defensive players tomorrow

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

    I think the issue is that Ponder wasn’t rated high in the draft and possibily we could have picked him up in second round (I say possibly, but sounds as if the Redskins were trading down to pick him). Maybe the other so called experts are wrong and the Vikings are right. I think there is room here to question and complain about the pick. I don’t reflect it on the player but who was the best player that was there at 12. Obviously the Vikings had made up their mind about what QBs were on their list. That’s fine no matter who is the QB we will be cheering for a win. Have a Nice Day

  480. By QB on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    skyking,

    Remember, I think it was the last game of the season when Webb missed a wide open receiver on the left sideline who had gotten by the corner and was wide open for a soft easy to catch ball that you or I could hit. Webb over threw him by five yards and in the post game interview said, that sometimes the hardest throws are to guys wide open? That’s your BIG difference between Webb and Ponder. When a guys wide open, trust me, thats as easy as it gets!!

  481. By Nicholas on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, I was SHOCKED that we didn’t choose Nick Fairley at 12…trust me. Especially seeing that the WIlliams wall will be suspended, and Pat willaims may not be a Viking once FA hits.

    So I can understand the frustration, but I still say that it was a good pick.

    I’m glad that the media didn’t hype up our potenial Franchise QB–GO Ponder, GO VIKES!!!!

  482. By Hogfan on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    how is a guy 6’2″ tall gonna c over out 6’7″ offensive line? Mallet wuld have been the only wortht first round pick

  483. By GreenMezz on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We’re all forgetting the big picture…Andrew Luck next year! We have to suck really bad this year, maybe bring Favre back for one more season or get McNabb to lose us two extra games this year. Let Sidney Rice walk, hit Percy in the head a few times, go tanya harding on AP, match Winfield on the opponent’s fastest guy, play prevent defence on every down, and throw to berrian every time. Oh, and lets get that Troy Williamson guy back, he’s a proven winner…at least by Charlie Sheen’s definition. And we should recruit Dennis Green and Mike Tice back to help with the remainder of the draft. We can do it…yes we can!

  484. By josh on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    i think he’s a perfect fit!!! have some faith you guys! Frazier and Speilman wouldnt pick him without knowing what they were getting! He shows a lot of promise and is a proven leader on and off the feild, and i would rather have my mind at ease knowing he doesnt have any off the feild issues like Mallet does. This is a good solid pick. Frazier,Musgrave and the crew are going to develope him into something great! And really for some of you so called fans? Giving up your fanship over a draft pick? That makes Raider fans look that much better and loyal for that matter! SKOL VIKES!!!!!

  485. By Pondering on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings front office has no negotiating skills…no management skills…no PR skills (misleading fans prior to draft). Every year, SMARTER teams like NE, Philly, GB are able to maneuver for extra picks or better draft positions relative to their needs….and the Vikings are left holding their nuts wondering what happened.

    Regardless of whether Ponder works out (and I really hope he does), it is OBVIOUS to everyone around the NFL that this was a poorly managed first round.

  486. By xvike on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Drew BREES 2.0!!! once he improves his arm strength that is

  487. By ripteflon on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    i will laugh at all u ponder riders when hes riding the bench

  488. By ripteflon on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    ponder suxxxxxx

  489. By xvike on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ryan Mallet will be a bust. He will be forgotten a year from now. The only thing he has is an arm. You don’t need a rocket arm to be a good qb. It helps, but really you don’t need a rocket arm. If you can put the ball where you need to, that’s all that matters. Not saying you don’t good arm strength. Just needs to good enough to put the ball where it needs to be placed. Ryan mallet is a giant sitting duck who needs 5 secs to make a good decision. Seriously, there were linemen in the draft who ran better 40′s. Watch some of his games and you’ll notice that he gets very good protection. Throw in his attitude and he’s pretty much just another guy with a cannon for an arm.

  490. By DuaneN on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Looked like Gabbert was gonna fall to us, then the trade happened and you knew he was gone.

    Ponder seems to have everything except the arm. Hope it works out. Would have been nice to trade down, but it didn’t happen. At least we didn’t pick Newton #1. Now that is a wasted pick.

  491. By Skyking on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    QB
    I agree that Ponder is going to be better than Webb. I just don’t think he is going to be so much of an upgrade that we needed to burn our 1st round pick to get him. Obviously team management believes otherwise and I hope they are right. We could have signed a QB in FA and probably will anyway. I don’t like taking QB’s at all in the 1st round it’s too much of a risk. If your going to have a 1st round QB on your team get them as FA or in a trade after they proven themselves.I like Ponder and if he was there in the second round great take him. But this year we missed the opportunity once again too draft a top notch corner. Top notch corners are hard to come by and generally not available outside the 1st round. The problem for the Vikings isn’t that the QB’s are missing wide open receivers its that the other teams receivers are wide open. There were 2 top level corners available this year and we could have gotten one of them. Considering the looming D line suspensions and the age of Pat Williams reloading the D line with Fairley would have been a good option too. I am ok with the Ponder selection I just think we could have done better.

  492. By DuaneN on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Please quit pretending we can get Luck next year. Vikings are never bad enough to get the #1 overall QB.

  493. By chitown vike on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Love the pick…very smart. Processes info quickly. He will prove the experts wrong. I hope he starts and learns on the job. Vike fans have no idea how good this guy really is. To rebuild this offense we need somebody who has the QB I.Q. We have not seen that in awhile .PONDER WILL BE THE MAN!! For all the naysayers: you guys are pathetic. A.P and Greenway were considered risks and widely thought as bad picks in the first round. C’mon guys, you know who you are. Step forward. These are the same guys who dont like Ponder.C.P.has Incredible football IQ. .You guys are big dummies who should remained seated on your 5 gallon buckets. Enough of the nonsense. Wise up fellow Vike fans. For the 80% who do not like this pick I respect it but im afraid you are wrong…

  494. By Podgornski on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    COME ON! Ponder??!!! I’m still pondering that one. I agree with the sentiment of most on here(400 something comments) Bad choice here at best. Not any QB at #12 available was worth the chance here other than Mallet. Ponder will be a back up to Webb if there is a season this year. Passing on Prince will show on how many TDs vikes give up thru the air. And getting to watch AP struggle to get to the line of scrimmage will be something great to watch. AGAIN!!! Oline! Oline! Oline!!!! Leslie you and the front office might not have made the worst choice, but you have not helped the team in any measurable way with Ponder.

  495. By Nick on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    We’ve gone with Ponder, I had my doubts but I think he could do a great job and wont throw his toys out of the bathtub like Mallett would. Defense to dominate from now on starting with Stephen ‘the beast’ Paea in rd 2.

  496. By Luis on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll admit that when I heard we drafted Ponder was I confused as to way we wasted our pick on him when Kaepernick and others were up there. But from what I’ve seen is that they might possibly be preparing to get Hasselbeck thru FA. And implement an offense that Helmgren had set up while Shaun Alexander and Hasselbeck were together. Either way I see Ponder as an experiment that will need time. We still have Webb who could also be a talented QB if he’s coached well and mentored by a veteran, 1 year under Favre and maybe a 1 year or 2 under Hasselbeck. Taking Ponder at 12 may have been a waste but we won’t know that until the season has been played out.

  497. By ripteflon on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    when not if ponder makes butt butter in the bed frazier and any 1 else resposinble for him being her should be FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  498. By Vikoholic on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    There is a lot left on the board. I’d like to move back a few spots in the 2nd and see if we can get a 3rd or another 4th.
    Worth looking at:
    -Stephen Paea (DT)
    -Allen Bailey (DE)
    -Orlando Franklin (OT)
    -Rahim Moore, Ahmad Black, Quinton Carter (S)
    -Brandon Harris, Aaron Williams (CB)
    -Akeem Ayers (LB)
    -Titus Young (WR)

  499. By dan on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Been a Seminole fan a very long time. Ponder is a terrible pick. He has no arm, is not accurate and has been injury prone for three years at Florida State. Mallett is accused of never winning a big game. Ponder never took FSU to an ACC title in three years as a starter. What a mistake of a pick.

  500. By wacky on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    WHAT???????????????? (PONDER) -CAN GO SIT ON A POND WITH THE DUCKS!!!!! THIS IS $RAP!!!!!! THEY TOOK A BROKEN QB, AND IT’S HIS ARM, THATS ALL MESSED UP!!! THE FRONT OFFICE SHOULD BE FIRED!!!!!!!!!! SMALL QB THAT SUCKS!!! O AND WHO’S PONDER!!! THE VIKINGS SUCK AND WILL NOT WIN NOTHING!!!!!!!!! IT STARTED WITH HIRING A FRIST TIME EVER FRAZZER,O AND HE SUCKS TOO!!! WE NEED A REAL OWENER TOO, THE WIFF’S $UCK AND THEY WILL NEVER NO HOW TO EVEN PLAY THE GAME!! I’AM ON THE LOINS BAND WAGON NOW!! I’AM SICK OF EVERY ONE ELSE SEEING THE DUM $RAP WE DO……

  501. By Rocksalt on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Will just have to wait & see on this pick. Qb’s are the most risky picks, so it may be a gamble, but it is one of our needs. I am sure GB fans were not warm to Rodgers either, but that turned out OK.
    Still need Dline, O line picks……

  502. By Alan on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Tough break having Gabbert come so close but not quite fall far enough. This may seem a little high for Ponder, but when Washington traded back everyone thought that they were going to take him at 16. If the Vikings brass really wanted him this probably was the only way they were going to get him.

  503. By Actually... on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Actually, they r thinking about level of Talent he played against… TCU played nobody till Wisconsin(who is good RUN defense) Mallet has off field problems and never had great grades (so there goes learning capabilities… Ponder played and beat up Florida and Miami… Florida in which had one of best PASS defense in country… Ponder knows yalls type of offense… Graduated in 2.5 years… And is working on his second masters to graduate this semester… So he can learn… He is really Dark Horse in Draft… And a couple years from now he will be Pro Bowl material… Y’all are over reacting…

  504. By viking on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    im kind of exsited for ponder i have’nt watched him much so i dont know if he’s good or not

  505. By bitg mak on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    f the viks lets go rams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  506. By CanadianViking on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Orlando Franklin this is the guy for us in the second round. He is going to be the guy we need for AP a great run blocker and he will help protect our young QB’s.

  507. By Ricflair on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    The skins knew the vikes were targeting locker slapped his in the face letting the jaguars take him vikings got the skins back taking ponder. I’m somewhat sure the skins wanted a qb they don’t have a qb now, what i’m guessing is the skins didn’t think the vikes would grab ponder this early guess what we did and the planned backfired on the skins. Has a look of a franchise qb to me along with his brains.

  508. By wezo on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    sorry ponder but u suck.frazier is an embarrasment to a 1st year coach. Now I see why he was on chilly’s coaching staff. str8 moron, like tha vikings organization.worst pick of all time, hands down.
    Joe Webb if u can hear me ” this is your team”so do what ever it takes too lead us true Vikings fan too the promise land.

  509. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Wezo good for you get off the bandwagon you don’t deserve to breathe the same air as a true viking fan. Jump back on when the team is winning…. not stay off and find another team.

  510. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Sick of hater fans whining about the pick if you don’t like the pick than just find another team to root for, am I going to say ponder is the best pick no but I’m not going to ride them off neither this team hasn’t drafted a qb in the first round for ages and I am thankful it is not a defensive player this year in the first round like most years. A smart qb with accuracy will not hurt so go find another team to root for don’t come back praising when the vikes hate fake fans.

  511. By stew on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone is so mad but i dont care what you all say we needed a QB and this was the year to get one. He can make all the throws, no character issues, runs a 4.6 40, has pocket pressence, is smart enough to learn the offense fast. This might not be as bad as we think. What would have happened if we didnt get a QB? They will all be gone in the top of the second. Also we couldnt find no one to trade back with.

  512. By garrett1212 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Think my jaw put a dent in the floor when they anounced the pick. Couldn’t believe it. Never saw it coming. Can’t throw the kid under the bus yet. I certainly hope they have plans of getting someone through free agency who Ponder can learn from. Certainly no one there that can teach him anything at this point. No way he can step in immediately and play either. Absolutely thought they would’ve traded down once Gabbert left the board. Could be in for a very long year with our QB issues and looking like Rice isn’t coming back. This pick might not help the Rice situation. Should only take a QB if someone they really wanted, not just because we need one. Could of easily stuck with our current mediocre QB’s, bombed next year for high draft pick in 2012. Will continue following the Vikes no matter what, fan since I was 5.

  513. By Vikoholic on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    We need 3 QBs on this roster. Ponder and Webb have completely different skill sets. A veteran QB would also add an additional/different dimension. We may need this type of mix; spread the risk, see what develops. There’s no easy solution here. Let’s give them a chance to figure in out. GO VIKES!

  514. By Brad on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    To all you so-called Vikings fans who say you are going to another team because of a draft pick….GO!!!! You were not the true Vikings fan in the 1st place!!!

  515. By Vincent on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Who’s in charge here? Your fired!!!!!!!!!

  516. By Marlin on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Seriously guys, watch Ponder’s highlights, realize that those Clemson, UNC, and BC passing defenses were incredibly strong. That BYU team they keep showing, shut down Bradford for the first half he played. Only highlight opponent you can ignore is GT (they’re defense is bad). I would also like to point out the scores in all these highlights. In almost every one of them you’ll notice that Ponder is fighting back from a deficit (their defense was terrible). Though that UF team couldnt do anything, they had a renowned passing D that Ponder tore apart. Seriously, this kid’s the real deal. watch the TAPES

  517. By PURPLEHAZE on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I too was shocked at the Ponder decision but after listening to Mallock, Mariucci, Mora Jr. and a couple Miami Hurricane fans, I have to admit I’m intrigued. Doesn’t sound like Ponder would have been there for the vikes in rd. 2 and Musgrave really likes the guy. Injury prone, yes but injuries are part of the game for everybody. Wasn’t AP somewhat injury prone in college? If the McNabb rumor is true, I can live with McNabb, Ponder and Webb as the 3 qbs on the roster. Though I’d rather have had McNabb about 4 years earlier. Actually, taking the TE in rd. 2 was more puzzling to me. Realize he was one of best left on the board but does the vikings front office not realize this defense is not what it was 3 or 4 years ago? next pick – Robert Sands out of WV please. (yes, I’m biased.) Then get best d lineman and best olineman on the board.

  518. By PURPLEHAZE on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I meant Mayock.

  519. By Michael on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Should have took Fairly to replace the aging Williams wall and Dalton later in the draft

  520. By jack on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    adrian peterson is the man

  521. By Lauretta Marsland on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    Wonderfully entrancing blog post.

  522. By chris on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    my prediction ponder throws more interceptions than t jack. speilman is a joke and our front office needs some revamping major revamping. speilman loved chris cook too and what has he done…. absouletly nothing nothing to make our team any better. hes the obama of the nfl, obamas out to destroy america, speilman is out to destory the vikings. keep in mind when he was the gm of miami they went 1 and 15. come on zygi man up. you own one of the finest sports teams there is step your game up brother.

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