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Uh-oh. Are you kidding me? The Minnesota Vikings had just spent their 12th pick in the 2011 draft on this guy and they should consider trading him? Come on now.
Christian Ponder seems like he has all the makings of a great quarterback in this league, but, and this is a big but, it seemed like he might have some confidence and health issues. Vikings fans know how a lot about health issues at the quarterback position because it seems like since Daunte Culpepper went down with a nasty ACL,MCL, PCL injury the Vikings have never recovered at the quarterback position. With the exception of the 2009 season with Brett Favre the Vikings have not had a consistent starter at the quarterback position since Culpepper.
Now you are probably asking yourself, why trade Ponder? Here is why. The Vikings have a lot needs and some teams, like the Dolphins, need a quarterback. An interesting scenario would be where the Vikings trade Ponder to the Dolphins for their 9th pick along with a 3rd and or 4th rounder for Vontae Davis. The Vikings could also try to trade Ponder to the Redskins for their sixth pick and next years first or a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft. The Vikings would then use the pick on T Jonathan Martin from Stanford, who also like Matt Kalil did not give up a sack last year. Jonathan Martin kept Andrew Luck from getting hurt. Matt Kalil could also be available at this point.
If this scenario does occur than the Vikings will ride with Robert Griffin III from Baylor as their quarterback of the future.
With all that being said I don't think that this would be the right move for the Vikings. Christian Ponder is smart, talented and has never played with great talent around him. In college Ponder was not surrounded by much and now in the pro's he had a patchwork of an offensive line and an injured Adrian Peterson. Ponder will likely have more talent next year with the emergence of Kyle Rudolph and the continuance of growth from Percy Harvin. The Vikings will likely sign a free agent WR that would help Ponder a lot as well. If Matt Kalil is available and the Vikings do draft him then expect Ponder to have more time to make better decisions.
If the Minnesota Vikings know what is good for them they should not trade Christian Ponder unless they get an offer that they can't refuse.