Vikings Finally Draft QB with FSU's Ponder

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Eden Prairie, MN (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have picked
Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder with the 12th overall
selection in the NFL draft.

With Brett Favre retiring and Tarvaris Jackson not expected
back, the Vikings needed to find a potential long-term solution at
the game's most critical position.

Vikings fans gathered at a draft party Thursday night inside the
team's practice facility groaned when Washington's Jake Locker went
with the eighth pick to Tennessee. Missouri's Blaine Gabbert was
gone at No. 10 when Jacksonville traded up.

Ponder was the fourth quarterback taken in the first 12 picks.
He's only the third quarterback the Vikings have taken in the first
round, with Tommy Kramer and Daunte Culpepper the others.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by S Location: tally on Apr 29, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    Though I am very happy about him going 12 and to vikings .... I feel like it is (1st round, #12) will put a lot more outside pressure on him. He can certainly handle that, he is a smart kid, but I just hope that does not affect his performance in any way. Good luck CP7 !!
  • by CBC Location: Tallahassee on Apr 29, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    Bill Proctor: This is what can be accomplished with dedication and hard work. He put his beliefs first, education second, and football third. He is not Mexican so he didnt not take any jobs from your neighborhood. He also is not a crybaby seeking a headline. Congratulations Christian, you are a wonderful example to our young people.
  • by SHANER on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    Congrats Ponder! You deserve it. GO NOLES!
  • by truth Location: fl on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    good luck this is a smart guy and we wish him well in minnesota.
  • by Nancye Location: Tallahassee on Apr 29, 2011 at 03:49 AM
    Christian Ponder is a very special person and is a great selection by the Vikings.
  • by shadow on Apr 29, 2011 at 03:10 AM
    Always a class act. All the best to him for a safe and successful career. (Hey CP, don't let Favre get near you with his phone camera.)
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      by Hee Hee on Apr 29, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to shadow
      camera phone.
  • by A surprise on Apr 29, 2011 at 01:45 AM
    I sure did not think Christian would go that early. I thought late first or early second. But I am happy for him. And the Wikings are one of the teams I cheer for. Wish him the best.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 12:15 AM
    This was a reach. Ponder, though good, is injury prone and a second round pick at best.
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      by Just?Me on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:57 AM in reply to Anonymous
      From your comments it sounds like you believe it waa just an oversite that you weren't hirded by one of the NFL programs to run the recruiting and draft program. How big is your hat size ?
  • by gonoles on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:38 PM
    Go Christian Ponder, all that hard work you put in paid off. He deserves this, and oh yea didn't he get drafted higher than that phony tim tebow?
  • by Lisa Location: Tallahassee on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    The Vikings are getting a smart, stable guy who will work hard to prove his value. I think the Vikings got the pick of the litter. I pray that he stays healthy, and gets good support from teammates and fans. Godspeed, Christian!
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