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Vikings Draft Ponder Too Early

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You'd think that any quarterback not named Tarvaris Jackson would receive a roar of approval from Vikings fans.

Think again.

With the crowd at the Vikings draft party worked into a frenzy over the possible selection of cornerback Prince Amukamara - "Prince! Prince! Prince!" - the announcement of the selection of Christian Ponder turned out to be about as popular as the notion of a Brad Childress Appreciation Day.

Boooo!

Ponder is what I'd call a "tweener." He was selected right between two guys who could really have helped the Vikings. Defensive end J.J. Watt, out of Wisconsin, went No. 11 overall to Houston. The Lions grabbed defensive tackle Nick Fairley at No. 13. In between, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman...

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