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Ponder was one of the most talked-about and criticized picks of the first round in this year's draft. His durability and arm strength were often questioned by teams around the league and many had him as a second-round selection.
The Vikings were not one of those teams. Minnesota sees Ponder as their franchise quarterback and he very well might be the steal of the draft.
Ponder's intangibles are off the chart and his accuracy and mobility complement a Vikings offense that is full of weapons extremely well.
The biggest debate is whether Ponder should jump right in and start Week 1 vs. San Diego, or if he should sit behind veteran quarterback to be named later.
This is no debate folks—Ponder will be the starter Week 1. The Vikings drafted Ponder already knowing that he will be the starter for the entire 2011 season. It helps a lot when head coach Leslie Frazier was quoted saying, "I wouldn't put it past us to open the season with a young quarterback".
No, he is not talking about Joe Webb.
There is no reason to sit Ponder. If the Vikings have any shot of making the playoffs in 2011, then Ponder is who they need throwing the ball. What happened to the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens when they started first-round rookie quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco Week 1? Playoffs. Success doesn't lie.
Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback Week 1 for the Vikings and if the Vikings (hopefully) re-sign wide receiver Sidney Rice, then Ponder will have all the weapons to have a phenomenal start to a long career.
Rookie Statistics: 16 Games, 270/435, 16 Touchdowns, Nine Interceptions