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Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:00 am
 
Ponder will start for the Vikings again in 2012. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

Assuming Andrew Luck goes with the No. 1 pick to the Colts in April’s draft and then somebody trades up to take the Rams spot at No. 2 to select Robert Griffin III -- still somewhat of an assumption, of course -- the Vikings won’t have a shot at either of them.

That’s because Minnesota will pick at No. 3 and because the Vikings took a quarterback in the first round last year. And while it seems somewhat silly that Minnesota would entertain the idea of replacing Christian Ponder so quickly -- Ponder began the year behind Donovan McNabb and played decently for one of the worst teams in football before injuring himself and giving way to some spectacular performances by Joe Webb -- it’s not out of the realm of possibility I suppose.

Especially when general manager Rick Spielman goes back and forth when discussing Ponder’s future with the club.

"I know we're very confident in Christian, but if one of those quarterbacks is too good to pass up, you also have to weigh that in too," Spielman told local reporters, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But we're very, very confident in what Christian Ponder brings. As we go through this process and our coaches come into this process and we put this thing together in April, I don't know where we'll be."

Although Luck and Griffin could be categorized as “too good to pass up” by Spielman, that might say more about the team’s confidence in Ponder -- who was 2-8 as a starter while completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,853 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last year -- than anything else. The Rams, for instance, most likely won’t stick around the No. 2 spot because they’ve already got full confidence in Sam Bradford.

The Vikings, though, will vet Luck and Griffin, interviewing them at the NFL combine and perhaps having them make visits to Minnesota.

“We'll be at their workouts, yeah," said Spielman, who said last month that Ponder would be his starter heading into offseason workouts. "We'll be doing full monty on [Luck] and RG3."

Chances are, Ponder will be safe from having to compete with Luck and Griffin for Minnesota’s affections (Webb, though, might be a different story). But the Vikings will do its due diligence either way.

Said Spielman: “You never know what happens on draft day, and I would rather be over-prepared than under-prepared."

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Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:31 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

t's sounding like the Rams will be trading the 2nd pick down to a team that wants to take
And so will the colts and so will the vikes... But the browns or skins are not gonna give much, so the Rams are gonna end up with kalil and the vikes will end up with probably a WR is my guess. 



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 1:53 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

Speaking of stinky opinions....Kalil will be taken by the Rams. 


It's sounding like the Rams will be trading the 2nd pick down to a team that wants to take RG3.  IF RG3 is available at 3rd there is no way we take him...that's all I'm saying.  It's not even an opinion, really.  We will trade that pick away for more picks.  If Kalil is available though I'm betting he will be taken.

So cute try on the slams.  But Ponder is the QB we are going to try to build around. 



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

 If my memory serves me correctly - and I'm having to go back to my teenage years now - that is how Dallas built their dynasty.
They fleeced MN for Herscel Walker and Jimmy Johnson drafted very well. 
@ TwistedMoFo: No, farther back than that. To the Tom Landry era. You know, when Billy Johnson was being criticized for being too flamboyant because he was wearing white shoes (Billy "White Shoes" Johnson), "Bullet" Bob Hayes, Calvin Hill, "Too Tall" Jones, Roger Staubach. That era.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

 If my memory serves me correctly - and I'm having to go back to my teenage years now - that is how Dallas built their dynasty.
They fleeced MN for Herscel Walker and Jimmy Johnson drafted very well. 



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:03 pm
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

The Vikings could be trading this pick down, though I think they will take Kalil since our O-line is pretty awful right now. 
Speaking of stinky opinions....Kalil will be taken by the Rams. 



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:11 pm
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

Look, anyone who's followed the NFL for more than a year or two can tell you:  You can't believe anything out of the mouth of team officials between the end of the regular season and the start of the draft.

Owners and GMs blow so many smokescreens, float so much false information, and talk up so many divergent prospects and players that you can't tell which ones they really do or don't want.

Bottom line:  If teams believe Minnesota would take one of the 2 QBs, they'll have to trade up to the #2 spot to get them before the Vikings can pick.  Why does that matter to the Vikings?  Because if that happens, Luck/Griffin go 1/2, and Minnesota gets the best non-QB player in the draft.  It's all just part of the pre-draft mind games that happen every year around this time.




Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:57 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

Reminds me of an old saying: "opinions are like buttholes...everyone has one and they all stink."
@weezer953

Wow, what an interesting thing to say immediately before posting your own opinion. Don't be so hard on yourself. Your opinion was as good as most and better than some.

Peace be with you. 



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:03 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

If the Vikings weren't so stupid to win that late season game against Washington and ruin their franchise RB in the process, they could have had one of these QBs. Now, they will just bumble along with an average QB, a gimpy RB, and a team full of average players for years to come.
I don't know, maybe I've gotten too naive in my older years, but this attitude seems so unsportsmanlike. If this were the attitude of the team players, this this might be a reflection of the main problem - lack of pride. One could always repeat the standard argument that by drafting the best player available (maybe RGIII) one could use him - or Ponder - as trade material for multiple future draft choices or an interior lineman now plus additional draft choices and build your team that way. If my memory serves me correctly - and I'm having to go back to my teenage years now - that is how Dallas built their dynasty. They drafted the best available, not according to their needs, but the best available (correct me if I am wrong, it has been several decades).

One way or the other, I think the Vikings showed at least a little pride by trying to win instead of willingly losing just to move up the draft board. 



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:42 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

These comments just go to show that most sports "fans" are idiots.  Reminds me of an old saying: "opinions are like buttholes...everyone has one and they all stink."

Christian Ponder (or possibly, tho less likely, Joe Webb) will be the quarterback of the Vikings.  End of story.  The Vikings could be trading this pick down, though I think they will take Kalil since our O-line is pretty awful right now. 

Plus, it's unusual for a team to languish in mediocrity for 10 years in the NFL unless they are 1)mismanaged and/or 2)have bad luck drafting (think of all the awful picks the Detroit Lions made). 


Christian Ponder looks fine.  He definitely has the skill to play QB in the NFL...it's just a matter of learning from mistakes and improving.  I have faith that he will be fine.

Skol Vikings!



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:42 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

The thing the Vikings need is a COACH. Plain and simple, Frazier and whoever the OC is, sucks. Whenever Peterson was healthy they wouldnt use Harvin and when Peterson was out Harvin would automatically become a stud. This team was far from horrid even though their record shows otherwise. The best example of really bad coaching is when Frazier allowed a 60 percent star runningback play in a game that didnt matter to either teams. What a mistake. In my crystal ball i see the oncoming future and it reads that Frazier will not finish next season.


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