So this off season all I've read was all these negative things about Christian Ponder. Yes, he didn't shine his rookie year but not too many rookies do. We had a short off season last year due to that stupid lockout, terrible receivers (Berrian), and the failed project of Mcnabb. I was never behind the vikings picking up Mcnabb and i think we could have done just as good if not better by giving ponder the shot to start from week 1.
This year, not a whole lot has changed but some things to actually look forward to. We picked up a Cornerstone Left tackle *Matt Kalil* who has been doing a great job this preseason and it is really showing with our offensive line. We went out and got a few additions to our receiving core with Carlson and Simpson, and also the guys who we got in the draft (Childs, and wright). We unfortunately lost Childs to injury this season and Simpson will be out for the 1st 3 games. It was not Ponder's fault that he did as bad as he did his rookie year.
I think with a full year of experience under his belt, the upgraded offensive unit, and picking up a few pieces on the receiving group will benefit ponder a lot. He has been looking pretty good this preseason, minus all the drops that the receivers have had but that wasn't ponder's fault. He has had pretty good accuracy and better decision making. I think he will still continue to struggle a little this year as we don't really have a great receiving unit, but i do see him making strides this year to be a better quarterback. He is smart, has a decently strong arm, and is making better decisions. All he needs is a Receiver other then Harvin to step up.
With all that being said here is a few receivers i hope we pick up in the 2013 NFL Draft, that could really help this team.
Robert Woods- WR 6"1. According to 2013 NFL mock drafts, this will be the 1st receiver off the draft board. I dont have us going this low on a pick (if we do, then i dont see Leslie Frazier as our head coach anymore), I have us going maybe anywhere from 8-11. So we would likely have to trade up to grab Woods, but a receiving core having Simpson (if he proves himself past a 1 year contract) on one side, and Woods on the other taking attention away from Harvin. This could be a dangerous receiving core, and we could really see how Ponder could improve given the right tools.
Marquess Wilson- WR 6"3. This would be an ideal pick if we don't trade up and grab Woods. He has the size and speed to be a great #1 receiver. In 2011 he had 82 catches for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had a 16.9 Average per catch showing he can create separation and miss tackles.
Da'Rick Rogers- WR 6"3. If we choose not to go with a receiver in the 1st round (which i believe we should), then Rogers should make it to the 2nd round. In 2011 he had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and a 15.5 average, and 9 touchdowns. Still better talent then most of the receivers on our team and he would help greatly.