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Hindsight on the Vikings' 2011 draft: They choked

December 14, 2011 - Per Peterson
I know it’s hindsight and it’s easy to do now, but looking back at last year’s draft, it’s painfully obvious the Vikings should’ve used their first-round pick on anything other than a quarterback. This is not a knock against Christian Ponder, but considering the Vikings will have anywhere between the second and fourth pick of a quarterback-heavy draft in April, it would’ve set up perfectly for them to nab either Stanford QB Andrew Luck or Baylor Superman and 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, he of the 4,000 yards passing, 36 touchdown passes and an efficency rating during the regular season that dwarfed Luck’s. Luck has grabbed most of the headlines and looks to be going No. 1 overall to the Colts, leaving Griffin there for the taking at No. 2. With Joe Webb still in the fold, Minnesota could’ve used their first pick last year on a stud offensive lineman or perhaps a defensive tackle (Nick Fairley went one pick after Ponder to the Lions, although he’s banged up now). I know it’s hindsight, but what journalist doesn’t use it once in awhile?


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