I decided to write this for the people who think we should trade Christian Ponder for another first rounder so we can get Robert Griffin III and a stud LT. This sounds absolutely fantastic in theory, after all, Robert Griffin just got done lighting up all of college football and winning the Heisman trophy, but I hope the following will clear some things up about the situation and MAYBE, we can stop this once and for all,unlike the whole BRAINS incident shivers. But I doubt it ; )
Explanation and poll after the jump.
Teams invest alot into first round draft picks, enough that most have pretty much earned two years on the 53 man roster by simply signing the dotted line on their contracts. While some of the rookies might have a hard time transitioning to the NFL pace and physicality, there is no doubt that they have the talent to succeed in the NFL if they get the proper coaching, they stay committed, and they and their coaches have patience. Christian Ponder has done all of these things, showing resilience when under fire and a never quit attitude.Trading Ponder for a first rounder (which is never gonna happen, as I've stated multiple times elsewhere) would be giving up on him before he's reached his ceiling and it'd be a completely wasted year for the Vikings.
I think that the people who believe we should trade Ponder are quick fix kind of guys, but not the "bring in a veteran and we'll win it all" kind. Some of them are giving up on Ponder because of his struggles toward the end of the season, but for the most part they are giving up on Ponder because of the sexy option of Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck even though they will most likely go through the same struggles (his, and the cast's around him) in their first, and maybe second year.
The Vikings are a homeless man who put their last quarter in a slot machine, pulled the lever, and got a gamblers $200 dollars in Ponder. Let's invest that 200$ in what seems to be a great stock instead of going to the blackjack table and betting it again like the drunken fool we are.