With the third pick in the 2012 NFL draft the Vikings are in prime position to bring in a talent that will be a starter on day one and automatically help anyone involved with the team.
In this case, there is a 66.6 percent chance that the Vikings go with a player that will help them on offense. Minnesota has a choice between top cornerback Morris Claiborne, top wide receiver Justin Blackmon and top left tackle Matt Kalil.
All signs point to the Vikings drafting Kalil. This will help Ponder more than anything else because he needs to make sure he has enough time to get the football to his receivers, and a left tackle like Kalil will ensure he does for years.
The Vikes could also go with Blackmon, who would be able to provide both Ponder and the Vikings with a true No. 1 option at wide receiver. Blackmon would help CP7 get out trouble when he needs it the most while being his prime target.
Unless the Vikes draft Claiborne, the pick will help Ponder on his journey to the next level. Kalil will protect him from danger while Blackmon will bail him out of danger when necessary. With younger and more capable talent surrounding the young quarterback, he is sure to grow.
With early picks in the rest of the draft the Vikes will continue to find a way to sure up the offense and help Ponder grow as much possible. This draft is not only huge for the Vikings, but it is equally as huge for Ponder and his growth.
Expect for CP7 to benefit from this draft because regardless of whom or what position the team drafts first, it will bring in talent that was much better than anything it had last year.
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