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.
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