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Rudolph “Too Good To Pass Up” For Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 29, 2011 – 5:52 pm

The Vikings used the 43rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to grab the #1 player at his position – TE Kyle Rudolph of Notre Dame. Considered a 1st-round prospect by most, Rudolph slipped into the 2nd round but he didn’t slip past the Vikings.

The only reason one can muster for his slight slide into the 2nd round is a medical issue, as he missed the last 7 games of the 2010 season because of hamstring injury that required surgery. The Vikings clearly felt comfortable with Rudolph’s medical report and whoever the Vikings QB will be in 2011 will feel more comfortable with Rudolph on the field.

“We had no issues with him medically after he was cleared by our doctors,” Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman explained. “When he fell to us, it was too good of a player to pass up. We feel he has a lot of unique skills as a tight end and we’re going to stay true to our board. That was a situation where there was a player that normally I don’t think if he had that hamstring injury you would’ve even had a chance to get. We feel we got great value where we got Kyle.”

Many will compare Rudolph to New England’s Rob Gronkowski, as both have a combination of great size, strength and speed, along with tremendous ball skills. Despite playing in just 29 games for the Irish, Rudolph ranks 4th all-time among Notre Dame TEs with 90 receptions for 1,032 yards. His career-best 33 catches during his sophomore campaign placed 7th among TEs on the school’s season-record chart.

“He has a lot of different skill sets,” Spielman explained. “They’ve split him out wide. They’ve put him at the H. They put him on the line of scrimmage. He’s going to develop into a solid starting tight end in this league.”

At first glance, TE doesn’t appear to be a need for the Vikings. Visanthe Shiancoe is a solid starter and both Jeff Dugan and Jim Kleinsasser are effective in their roles. But Spielman says the Vikings just couldn’t pass on Rudolph and they’ll figure out the roster situation at a later point.

“This was a situation where, I know we have three tight ends that are on our roster right now, but when you have a player like that it’s just too good to pass up,” Spielman said. “I know we’ll sort it all out as we get there. But we just wanted to stay true to our board and he was by far the highest player on our board at this time and we weren’t going to pass him up.”


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110 Responses to “Rudolph “Too Good To Pass Up” For Vikings”

  1. By K'net on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Kleinsasser is a heck of a player, but he is getting older. Hopefully Kyle can learn a lot from him and Shiancoe and Dugan. This may not have been our most glaring need, but IMHO it wasn’t a bad pick.

  2. By greedyvike on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    we had other needs.. we still have no O line and a horrible seondary. hes a good player but that was a horrrrrible pick

  3. By Woodboat on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, NOW you stay true to your board… You weren’t saying that YESTERDAY!!!

  4. By Kyya on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Bunch of whiners on here. This is a good pickup. If you don’t like what the Vikings drafted, go cheer for another team.

  5. By Woodboat on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I give up trying to figure out if there is any plan at all, here… If there was one position we didn’t have a need, it was TE. Hey, I know, let’s take a RB with our 4th pick, then a P, a K, and with our 7th, lets take a ball boy from the local JC. Amazing….

  6. By greedyvike on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @kyra.. really? if you dont care about drafting what are number one needs are then either you must be drunk, or you must be a packer fan

  7. By Jim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    We do need a tight end shank will be gone next year and kleinsausage is getting old so rudolph will be a starter.

  8. By bighorns82 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I WISH WE HAD A THIRD ROUND PICK!!!!

  9. By Jim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings will spread rudolph at wideout and cause matchup problems if the vikings are smart they would line rudolph everywhere on the field like harvin. He is a good catch and run tight end its rare to see a tight end catch short and run for long yards musgrave will involve more tight ends in the system. Falcons used gonzales a lot when musgrave was there.

  10. By animal26 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    everyone relax, there are still a good amount of quality gurads and centers still on the draft board. We all have to have faith that the Vikings know what they’re doing. Skol Vikings. In my opinion, the Vikings are right on track with picks.

  11. By greedyvike on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    i agree that we will need one in the future..so next yr we should of picked up an experienced one or drafted one next year. because now we are going to go another year with no O line..i sure hope they dont plan to start ponder because he will get wrecked this year.

  12. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Whatever the vikings do they better utilize all the players or it will do no good.

  13. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder has to start to get a feel for the game you can’t just waste a 12th pick and shelf him the only way a qb gets better is through game experience.

  14. By Dave Warren on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    solid pick …anytime you get the best player at a position, you should have a good player for a while…kleinsausser cant last forever

  15. By Pjack on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Um… what has Kleinsasser really done over the years? Can you name anything?

  16. By Daniel on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    This is just what we needed. This is old school football with two tightend sets. This locks up the Saftey & LB. They know what they are doing guys, you can tell. you have peterson, Harvin, kyle, shanc,and if we have rice…That is a lot to play with. When ready. Ponder and musgrave could go in so many directions. I see our pass going from bad to great instantly. Way to go Vikes!

  17. By purplehorn on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @ Pjack…..watch football much? Scoring isn’t all that happens in football.

  18. By Vaderr on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    There’s no quick fix people we have to rebuild lets face it. And it’s going to be a slow process. Skol Vikes

  19. By Nicholas on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    This was a great pick!

    I just hope that we can solidify our offensive line, find a good safety, and fill the void that will be left by Pat WIlliams.

  20. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ap, gerhart, rudolph, rice, harvin, shank,camarillo don’t worry ponder you won’t have to do much just hand the ball off.

  21. By jack on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    ponder great pick definitly needed him, rudolph? i dont know what to think i know we need someone for when kleinsasser starts slowing down but i feel like we should be picking up some high quality o line and deep defensive players.

  22. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Starting cb griffin, winfield, cook, asher, hope they give sherals more playing time. We don’t need corners but safety we do need.

  23. By Rocksalt on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    woodboat again makes sense……I do not follow the logic for this pick.our Oline and Dline needs should have been addressed Pat Williams is 50, he and Kevin will be suspended, Ray Edwards is probably gone…….

  24. By Taylormade on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Pjack, where have you been the past 4or 5 years. Jimmy K is the best blocking TE in the NFL

  25. By vikings4life on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I Know yesterday it was like we took the best quaterback and today we stay true to teh board when we desperately needed a defensive upgrade in such a good offensive division. its frustrating but He seems like a great player which is always a great pick to take the best player avaliable

  26. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    This years defensive class is weak I have to admit the first 10 picks are good but anything else on the defensive end side is weak this year.

  27. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    da quan bowers is injury prone why do you think he fell so deep tampa is crazy enough to take him he will just end up on the sidelines, heard he will need surgery sometime along the way. I would rather start everson if that was the case

  28. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    If I was going to start the front 4 roster it would be everson, letroy, kevin, jared

  29. By Asher on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Surprised. That was my initial reaction. But after doing a bit more research, it has the potential to be a HUGE lift for our offense. He’ll be a big weapon in the passing game for whoever starts next year. If it’s Ponder, having a 6-6 Rudolph streaking down the middle of the field will be a great security blanket to go along with Sidney. To nab by far the best TE in the draft was a great move. I’m still warming up on the Ponder decision, but I also have faith in Spielman, Musgrave, Frazier. We could have a very bright future with these two pickups and the young talent we’ve got now.

  30. By Wade on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I like the pick for Rudolph. I hope he puts on the leg strength and bulk a bit to run block. He can line up anywhere which gives us a lot of options. I’m looking forward to seeing these new guys play. Smart picks so far. Lets see what is next. Hopefully the O line is addressed.

  31. By Tim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’m lost. I do buy in though. I don’t like seeing big guys that fill key holes for us that are going to division rivals, not too mention they’re all improving their teams(Fairley, Carimi, let R. Moore go in 2nd). If we don’t see S. Robert Sands in the 4th and a Kenrick Ellis type DT though, I’ll be GREATLY dissapointed. C’MON SPIELMAN!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! Sands is a 6’4 ball hawk with speed. Let him hang over the top and jump with the tall receivers.

  32. By Rocksalt on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    weapons do not matter if our Oline cannot protect the QB

  33. By vikessuck on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    do vikings know anything about trade. All other teams are tradking to replace their missing draft. But vikings sitting their without even talking about getting 3rd round. Man I am f**ng tired of watching this vikings managements.

  34. By Wade on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Nate – don’t leave Robison out of the mix. He keeps getting better and he’s a hungry kind of player.

  35. By Rocksalt on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    and if our Dline cannot put pressure on opposing offenses, then we will have a repeat of last year

  36. By Parody on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think the lack of a free agency is what is really getting into people’s heads. Free agnecy will happen and the Vikings will fill the needs with some quality players at that point.

    How many good young QBs are entering free agency? Any franchise QB is going to be locked in with the team that realized he was a franchise guy. So a QB in the first makes sense.

    There’s a good handful of offensive and defensive linemen who are hitting free agency when it comes around, so we should be able to find the replacements we need when the time comes around.

    My point is: give the team a chance to finish the retooling phase before you shoot them down completely. How many other chances were we going to have to get a top notch TE? The best player at his position in the second round and being compared to some NFL greats at the position sounds like a great reason to pick him up. Let’s just be patient and see how everything looks when the dust settles.

  37. By vikessuck on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    what you mean give a chance? if team is rebuilding they should learn how to acquire better and more values from red skins ans sea hawks. You suck spielman and fraizer.

  38. By Rocksalt on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I am not shooting anhything down.I am hopeful, but these picks have me confused

  39. By mnttw on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    yeah its nice that we got the best TE but you all fail to realize is that the best Safety was still on the board at this time, we could have had that, Rahim Moore would have been an amazing pick, i feel like we wasted a good opportunity.

  40. By vikessuck on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings fans be ready to get ready to see some broken ribs of your rookie QB specially when they play their division.

  41. By Jerry in West Virginia on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    why not a safety , why not a cb, why not something to keep Ponder standing up! blown pick! much like Toby last year! geez guys! god fearing, we’d like to win some games! we have plenty of play makers! lets get some protection!

  42. By Rocksalt on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    vikessuck-
    get a frikkin life you loser

  43. By vikessuck on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Rocksalt ya we’ll see whoz the looser when your team is last in division suck on that Rocksalt

  44. By Jdec on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ok, The naivety of some “fans” is absurd. If you know anything about football, you can see they are putting together an offense that will be able to feature a two tight-end set. We do not have strong receivers after Harvin and Rice. Put in the kid with shank; Now you have 4 legitimate strong receivers with AP in the backfield. Harvin can move all around the field still in this formation with the occasional wild cat as well. I think the vikings are drafting well for what they plan on doing with the offense. I hope they continue with wise drafting and focus on the D and O lines and a DB. Go vikes!

  45. By Jared on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I”m fine with the Rudy pick, but instead of Ponder we should have gone after Pouncey at C. Sullivan is not getting it done, Cook has his shot there (as well as every other position and why we keep Cook is beyond me). McKinney needs to go, move Loadholt to LT. We need a RT-RG. Like others have said, if we can’t get the O-Line improved it really doesn’t matter who you have as a QB if they can’t be protected.

  46. By Rocksalt on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    vikessuck-
    you are the loser since the only way you can feel good about yourself is to put others down. Perhaps your mother did not show you enough love as a child, so then you must hate others in order to feel good about yourself.
    What a pity…….

  47. By Garrett1212 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Rudolph is a beast! Some help for the secondary now please.

  48. By Tim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Jets grabbed Ellis. Robert Sands, Robert Sands, Robert Sands.

  49. By The Truth on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Our safeties are god awful, the best Safety in the draft on the board, Rahim Moore…the best DE still on the board, Da’Quan Bowers becuz knee injury….and we end up with a TE…

    EPIC FAIL. Just liek Ponder.

  50. By Aceviking on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Whoa…. hold it right there “The Truth”… whatever that is supposed to mean anyway. These are two quality pickups. We still have something like 5 or 6 more picks to fill those needs. Just cool down and support your team.

  51. By ripteflon on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    its official we have the dumbest team when it comes to draft day

  52. By ripteflon on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    2 defensive coaches and do defensive picks morons

  53. By Podgornski on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Dear Z. WILF

    If you sincerely want to improve and develop player personnel and become known as a winning franchise, please hire me as V pers of personnel.
    I will gladly do the job for a third of what you pay now. I just want the vikes to hoist the trophy at least once. And i believe im the man you want.

  54. By Corey on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    free agency still has to take place and i see some two tight end sets coming with Shank and Rudolph i like the pick

  55. By no1vikingsfan on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @ pjack! Kleinsasser does what he is called to do and does it well, not to mention he has been a very dependable and a reliable ball player

  56. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not too excited about this years draft, I’m hoping ponder will be a good qb. It all depends on the staff how he pans out. I’m looking forward with the staff more than the players I’m hoping they put together a good staff and looking forward to seeing the new offense. We need another wideout I’m not sold on berrian, hopefully emmanuel arcineuex can show us his play making skills. The coaching staff needs to play to the players strengths just like the fudge packers all of those guys on offense can make plays because the coaches gives rodgers freedom to play to his strengths.

  57. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not going to be too high and put every hope in the draft but I’m not going to be negative about it neither. What ever happens I believe frazier will make the right choices he reminds me like dungy. Its time to move on and hope this staff brings the best out of the players.

  58. By lee on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    great pick, dont listen to these negative people, the draft is going great, keep doing what youre doing because the true vikings fans believe in you..

  59. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    …I think our weaknesses are Offensive Line, Defensive Backs, and Defensive Line.

    I understand picking the TE for the short pa as s sing game. Hopefully he can block in addition.

    It is frustrating not seeing a lineman or d back being picked.

  60. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    I do appreciate your view of the free agency, and how it may solve some of our problems. Hopefully, you are right.

    The Vikings know personnel needs better than us fans.

    I’m not disappointed they picked Ponder. But this second round pick seems somewhat silly considering how WE CAN’T COVER YOUR GRANDMA OR BLOCK YOUR AUNTY !

  61. By Desertnorseman on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Spielman either is a genius or a ?????. With our glut at TE why don’t we move the sauce to the interior line. He’s just basically a guard/ tackle that catches a ball every blue moon :)

  62. By Parody on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    That’s alright, I’ll make sure that none of my relatives are on the field come gameday, so they’ll only need to worry about covering and blocking professional athletes pepped up on steroids.

  63. By Parody on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    A lot of the blocking problems have been guys blitzing around the outside shoulder of tackles. Having a double tight formation might be able to help that problem a bit. Tight ends generally have quicker feet to stay in front of blitzers more easily. A young QB is going to have trouble locating more than 3-receivers at a time anyways, so he’ll just have to rely on his accuracy and decision making while waiting for one of the three routes to find a hole in the coverage.

  64. By DuaneN on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Great pick. What’s not to like about this guy. We needed another weapon on offense.

  65. By Arrow86 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    What a draft. My prediction is that Detroit will have the defensive rookie of the year two years in a row, Fairley and Suh will be in our backfield more than Adrian Peterson. Study the team that won it all. Where you have a weakness make it a strength. Even if Rudolph is the next Tony Gonzalez (which I doubt he is.) You can’t get him the ball when the QB is on his back. That’s my two cents. With the job Spielman is doing, pray for a lockout!

  66. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I always wondered how a team like colts, steelers, patriots always find a way to win even with bottom barrel draft picks. Shows you we don’t need the famous names its the players buying into the coaches philosophy.

  67. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    The last team I would be worried about is the lions, stafford is injury proned this team has been getting high draft picks since the dinosaur ages and haven’t even did anything they always had good players but nothing the vikings should worry about. We have rudolph now he might probably be the best nfc ponder will have fun with these weapons. Heap, gradowski, and now rudolph if ponder can shine at florida with those wideouts I don’t see why he can’t excell with all of these stars on this team.

  68. By rgonzales on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I am a Raiders fan and wanted Rudolf, even with our own tight end on our team. Vikings got the player that will score alot of touchdowns for them. Great pick up,we Raider fan had to endure some tuff decision making from our fearless leaders, but things are turning aroun with our team, we swept our devision with these so called bad picks and great picks , so have some faith and patience, you Viking fans have alot going for you guys over there, and got robbed in that Saints game a few years back.your team could be tuff to beat once you get a few d-line and maybe d-backs you will br really tuff , especially with AP running behind those tuff tight ends.

  69. By Mike B on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think they may address the DL in the fourth round. I think our OL will be much tougher with the players we have. I think the poor play last year will remotivate them. You all need to give the OL a pass. Sullivan with his injury is still a second year center. Loadholt was a rookie last year. Left side is still strong, but made mistakes. I don’t think that will be problem this year. RG could be looked at in the later rounds. I think DL for Pat DE opposite Allen. LB I think is good we have Erin Henderson that could step in for Ben Leber. a prospect at WR would be good. and some more help a CB too.

  70. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    WOW– I read some of the more than 500 comments about Ponder– so much negativity and plain moronic remarks. I am so glad Frazier and Spielman picked someone none of the blog experts have been debating over for weeks— goes to only proves how the bloggers do NOT spend 40-70 hours a week working football— Our staff does this for a living.

    Suppose Ponder proves to be a great quarterback— all the naysayers now– where will they be? Right on these blogs saying — WOW, Ponder is way better than Rodgers and we have our man, finally. MOOOOOO. Follow the herd, folks, the herd of NEGATIVITY. What a way to live. What a way to view life. Wah wah wah.

  71. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    FRED– Keep up the good work, seems like this blog is Chilly bound once again.

  72. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    People now calling for Frazier’s head. EXACT SAME people who were praising him the past few months– MOOOOOOO.

  73. By Will A on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Drafting a tight end in the second round is not what a good team does. Since we’ve shown by this we don’t care to win, let’s draft a new waterboy in the fourth round since he is probably “best on the board”. OL, DL, LB, DB turn around a team, not a TE.

  74. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    PARODY– Thank you for keeping reason on these boards. Keep the cows inside their fences.

  75. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    NOVA– Good to see you, hope your situation is mending— say hi to Sonja.
    And thank you for your independent thinking skills. Give the cows a slap to hurry them into the barn.

  76. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Fear breeds negativity– fear of a lack of control, fear of failure. That fear is mostly based on an inability to think clearly and with perspective.

  77. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    THE SKY IS FALLING

  78. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    THE SKY IS FALLING!

  79. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    THE SKY IS FALLING!!!

  80. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    So, easy to follow the status quo and complain like everyone else. Takes courage to stand against popular opinion, but the popular is almost always wrong.

  81. By Mike B on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I am not sure if I got my last post in but there is a DL , 2 OL, and a WR all still rated over 7.0 and the kicker from nebraska could be good fits

  82. By ripteflon on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    they must pick players with a dart board

  83. By Mike B on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus I agree some of the comments were unnecessary but be reasonable. Ponder was not rated as high as other QBs in the list. I am hoping that the Vikings Staff is right and Ponder is the talent we need. I think that if you question the position and where Ponder is rated we reached down to get Ponder to keep him from falling to another team. The negativity is warranted do to this reach, but not the harsh words about his ability. I like the TE pick though Kliensasser is getting on in years and we could still use him as a full back option as we have in the past.

  84. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B, I understand the questioning by the fans– but read many of the comments on the other blog— people went off the deep end– saying they are cancelling their season tickets, send the Vikes to LA, throw Frazier off a plane, etc— AND those are emotional, immature comments– much like a child throwing a tantrum— did all the bloggers REALLY believe their suggestions for the draft was going to actually play out in real life?

    Seriously, I do understand— I myself thought– WHO? Who did they pick? But that is all — no negativity ran through my brain– my next thought was– let me find out who Ponder is, what his background is, and then try fairly to understand why we chose him– THAT IS A MATURE ORDER OF THINKING— NOT WAH WAH WAH

    Just so tired of the whiners.

  85. By Titus on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    PANIC ATTACKS — CAUTION- SKY FELL

  86. By grant on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Now all we need is some o-lineman 2 keep ponder standing. We have robinson and griffen for DE. Griffen was projected 2 be a 1-2 rounder. And robinson is a rising player. Safety is a concern. Tyrell Johnson and madeiu williams are not panning out. Draft somebody. DT to replace Pat. And we will be set 4 the future. good thing we have so many day 3 picks. Hopefully, that’s how it’ll go.

  87. By Nicholas on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    What really surprised me was the negativity coming from Trent Dilfer about Ponder. Calling him Elvis Gerbac?? Can anyone elaborate on this??

    I think Ponder has a TON of potential. The two tight end setup that we are going to have now really helps him out a lot.

    I can’t wait to see what we do with the rest of the draft and free agency!

  88. By CaribooBill on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    There are 7 picks left – lets just calm down and see what happens.
    I like the picks so far. I don’t think Ponder would have been available in Round 2 and Rudolph looks good to me.

  89. By jim r on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    This thread is insane. Now we don’t need to draft a wide receiver. You use the double TE package to run and throw from. They commonly call this a heavy package, and you use it to dominate the line of scrimmage. This pick means we will see more running and less west coast spread. This pick meshes with the old vikings style, and I like it. There are still some tackles left on the draft boards…..relax.

  90. By Trenches on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to know the reasoning behind this years draft better outlined then simply we have confidence in this guy – also put in a broader perspective

    Basically:

    - The Lions now have both Suh and Fairley (since vikings selected Ponder) that will pressaure our O-line, The Packers Mathews, and Bears Peppers and now Paea. So how exactly does Leslie and Co have confidence in our O-line seeing how they performed last year and 2009? Would like to know the specifics becasue their strength wasn´t showcased that much

    - How exactly are they going to manage to keep Ponder standing so he can throw the ball? How will they create holes for poor AD to run? Its frustrating to see his talents go to waste when the O-line is outmatched like that. Now even more so.

    - The D-line without Pat? The secondary. It would be nice to hear what qualities exactly they think are there to be competitive with the current rooster?

  91. By Pete on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Dont need a WR? If we have Sidney ok. But if you just throw to TE all day, the defense pulls in nice and tight and you get no running yards and no recieving yards. You need deep threats to open up things on offense.

    But trust me, trust Leslie and Trust Rick. These guys are professionals. They may have done this before. Rick is the best in the biz. They are getting good deals on the picks.

    I guarantee that Ponder will be more successful than Cam Newton after the next 3 years. Or my name is not Pete

  92. By vikoholic on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikes have a fourth round pick, 2 fives, 2 sixes and 2 sevens and still a bunch of solid and/or interesting prospects. LET’S GO!!!
    A few guys worth looking at:
    -Clint Boling, Andrew Jackson, Zack Hurd (G)
    -Brandon Fusco (C)
    -Marcus Cannon, James Brewer, Lee Ziemba, Jason Pinkston (OT)
    -Ahmad Black, DeAndre McDaniel, Quinton Carter, Jeron Johnson, Shiloh Keo (S)
    -Rashad Carmichael, Brandon Burton, Kendric Burney (CB)
    -Pernell McPhee, Greg Romeus, Pierre Allen (DE)
    -Ian Williams (another addition to the “Williams-Wall”), Jerrell Powe, Lawrence Guy (DT)
    -Ross Homan, Colin McCarthy, Chris Carter (LB)
    -Ronald Johnson, Tondon Doss (WR)

  93. By vikoholic on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    A “tweaner” like Sam Acho worth a look too. (DE/LB)

  94. By Nate on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    The two tight end set reminds me of the tice era he always used two tight end sets and pounded the ball. I’m impressed with rudolph he’s 6’6 good luck trying to cover him. I’d say cut kleinsasser, keep only shank and rudolph. I’m hoping the staff uses this kid he has freak size and will cause matchup problems.

  95. By Nate on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I’m more concerned about the coaches than the players, they need to put the ball in the players hands and have confidence in them in making plays, I would be so disgusted if they don’t even involve rudolph its like why his talent let him shine. The vikings do have a problem of underachieving players to the maximum abilities besides ap they could of used harvin more in different packages they don’t like to think outside the box. Musgrave should run a better offense than chilly.

  96. By Lito on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s wait and see how the Vikes do on this 3rd day of the draft.

  97. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    walter football has us mock to pick Edmond Gates wr!

    there are good cb’s and de’s mocked before us. lets hold our breath for an impact DEF player with #106

  98. By Nate on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder will be the next sanchez

  99. By fran on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder the next Sánchez? please no!, please better!

  100. By Rocksalt on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I think ponder may be a good fit, seems intellegent, hopefully he will work out for us. the Rudolph pick is surprising, considering our glaring needs at Oline, Dline……….However, until proven otherwise I trust that the
    mgmnt knows more than we do………

  101. By Nate on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Sanchez is a decent qb.

  102. By vikings4life on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Nate – Sanchez is decent at best if the jets had Josh Freeman who the Jets passed on the same year they got sanchez and freeman is a year younger than sanchez anyway they would have won maybe two superbowls by now.
    But enough time on the sorrow Jets I loved the 2nd round pick i agree i wanted defense defense defense but the blunder of picking ponder has changed our draft its important to get a good young reciever or TE this kid can play he is huge with great hands and great feet he will develope with ponder and no better target then someone who is 6’6 Lets have faith the rest of the draft is defense! pass rush and corners though most of the great ones are gone

  103. By vikings4life on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    for the love of god please get casey mathews sometime late here do not let the packers get the brothers

  104. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I agree! we have too many other position needs in round 4 but take him @ 139 I say

  105. By Nate on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, I hope we get quinton carter at safety.

  106. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    fyi ESPN has vikes listed as these needs: OT S WR

  107. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    6 th pick in Acho (vikes#9) plenty of choices!!!!!!

  108. By SD Viking Fan on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    To get a BEAST like Rudolph and team him up with Shank will help open up the running game and especially the play action pass. Additionally, if you were a safety or CB who would you rather tackle, Harvin or Rudolph accross the middle? The mismatches with linebackers on Rudolph would be inevatable and fun to watch. I must admit, I was a bit shocked at first, but when I reolized the potential and flexability he brings to the offence I had to agree. The O-line was a bit beat up last season and may need an attitude adjustment and I beleive the team will address those issues and you will see some O-line help address in rounds 4 & 5. However, I still beleive IN taking the BEST ATHLETE AVAILIBLE that is on their board, be it offence or defence. We must also remember free agency is what got us Hutch and Allen in the past and lets not forget Longwell. The coaches have the inside scoop on that market and must have a plan in place to address issues they cant address in the draft. GO VIKINGS!!!

  109. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    overall best on board showing Tandon Doss wr ut oh

  110. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Great pick! Ballard round 2-3 material

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