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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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Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:21 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

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.
  
That's what I call the hammer hitting the nail on the head.That meaningless win over the Redskins may very well have set the Vikings back 10 years,at least!




Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:00 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.



Real talk!





Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:51 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

Vikings sound like they are talking up the 3rd pick in the hopes that someone will trade up for it. Although either of these guys could be an improvement over Christian ponder, the Vikings have way too many other needs where they could get a bigger positional upgrade and build a stronger support system for Ponder. You can never believe what anyone says before the draft - never. Because it is all smoke and mirrors and trying to put stuff out there for other teams to consider. Like trying to convince the Browns and Redskins that if they don't trade up with the Vikings, they may not get the QB that they are hoping for.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:20 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

you have got to be kidding me!



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:20 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

I have said this before, the Vikings need to get the best player on the board, no matter what position they may need help at. Lets face it, they need help at a lot of positions and the draft picks they have this yeart won't fix this team, this year or probably not in the next couple of drafts. The one position that can speed up a turn around is at Q/B. Just like the Peterson pick when that wasen't a real need at the time, shows how one player can lift up a team, if he is just that good. Sometimes you take a chance and it pays off, but you will never know for sure if you don't at least go out on a limb once in a while. Robert Griffin is that player you take a chance on this year. The Viking's have Ponder i know, but he has a history of being injuried, and the team has had no luck finding a Q/B to take the heat off of Peterson, other than the first year BF was there. I am not saying he will be the next Fran T, but why not roll the dice, like they did with Peterson. RG may be that franchise Q/B that has been a long time coming for this team.

Go Vikes !!!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:06 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

  Josh, Spielman's QB talk serves two purposes: first, don't let Ponder get too comfortable yet, because he's got a lot to learn; second, QBs going 1-2 mean a wide-open draft board for him. They'll take Kalil, but there may be a fierce bidding war for their pick, too.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:14 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

It is simply amazing at the lack of confidence in teams draft picks or should I say, lack of patience. Can you imagine 20 years ago if Dallas had bailed so quickly on Aikman or The Colts with Manning because he threw more pics than TD's...in his rookie season. These are the same teams that are from year to year battling for that final playoff spot. Heck, if Joe Flacco has the patience of the front office, why not Ponder. Really, they are one is the same style. Now I know, Flacco is not Aikman or P.Manning. But that's the idea, let them play, make mistakes and grow as leaders for your team. Not just in a span of 2 or 3 years, but for them to have longevity with your franchise. Like Aikman, Manning and others that have gone on to grow with the team over the course of a career. Teams want so much right out of the shoot now-a-days from these QB's that the pressure to "WIN NOW" makes them crumble. Sure there are lemons on the draft, that goes with it. Not every QB drafted in the first round turns out, right "MR.Cough Syrup" J.Russell. But that guy did it to himself, not the franchise doing him in. Let Ponder play, have Webb back him up and sign a vet to back those 2 up. Same goes with Sanchez in NY. If you are willing to spend a first rounder on a QB, move up to get him and start questioning his play after 3 years at the age of 24. Give your heads a shake and realize it's not the part itself that may be broken, but the some of those other parts may not be best suited for him or his head(Holmes/Burress). Point is, let them play. Let them grow and make mistakes. Half of these guys won't be able to make it to the age of 30 without having some sort of mental break down.



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:02 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

I was shocked when they took Ponder that early. But I think he can make it given the time. To many teams give up to quick on players especially in the QB spot. They need to fill some gaps elsewhere. Besides a QB usuallyneeds 3 good years in the NFL. Some guys can come in quicker but not most. And Ponder is a very smart guy to start with and pretty athletic.  



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:48 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.


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