2013 could be Christian Ponder's last shot. After showing signs of progress in 2012, the third-year quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings absolutely has to show progress in leaps and bounds next season if he wants to remain a starting quarterback in the NFL.
One thing the Vikings need to do is to find somebody to compete with Joe Webb and McLeod Bethel-Thompson for a spot on the roster this coming season, either through free agency or the NFL draft. As poor as the free agent pool is this year, it might serve the Vikings' interest to get some (more) fresh blood in at quarterback.
And if the Vikings end up dealing disgruntled wideout Percy Harvin for draft picks, the Vikings could absolutely use one to draft a quarterback.
While there are names that could fill a backup roll behind Ponder (Jason Campbell, Matt Moore, Tarvaris Jackson among others), the Vikings could almost be better off by drafting somebody with big-time experience in the upcoming NFL draft.
The Geno Smiths, Tyler Wilsons and Mike Glennons will all be gone after the Vikings are done loading up on young wideout and defensive talent. But, if one of these next players is still available in the later rounds, it would be very hard for the Vikings to pass.