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The Minnesota Vikings used the 12th-overall pick in the 2011 draft to select quarterback Christian Ponder. Minnesota would not have used such a high pick if they didn't feel Ponder could lead them to a championship.
However, there are a ton of former first-round picks who never won a championship.
Christian Ponder is a talented quarterback, but many were surprised with this early selection. The consensus was that Ponder was more of a second-round pick. He had some concerns about his arm strength and injuries.
Of those concerns, the injuries have to be the most significant. He has had shoulder and elbow problems, something no quarterback wants to worry about. There is a realistic possibility that his injury history could keep him from winning a championship.
The current Vikings roster is not built to win a championship. They have problems along the offensive line and at wide receiver. Ponder is going to be facing a lot of pressure, as well as dealing with a lack of playmakers. However, this could be a great learning experience for Ponder.
I think that Ponder will struggle to win a championship during his career. The Minnesota Vikings are not in a very stable situation. They are facing a major battle to find a new stadium, something that will have an impact on the team.
Adrian Peterson will likely be slowing down when Ponder reaches the peak of his talent. This means that he will spend the early part of his career leaning on Peterson, only to have him pulled out from under him later in his career.
Outside of Peterson, the offense lacks any true playmakers. Percy Harvin is a good player, but needs to be surrounded by other talent to be effective. Offensively, the Vikings are a long way from competing.
The defensive situation is very similar to Peterson's situation. They are starting to age, likely looking at a rebuilding effort in the next few years. Again, this unit will be looking to rebuild right when Ponder is entering the prime of his career.
Of course, it only takes a few good free agent moves to change a roster. However, the current state of the Vikings doesn't lead me to believe Ponder will win a championship.