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The Vikings Choose...? in the 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft

I Just have to say that I have lowered my expectations for this team after I saw against Detroit. Our offense lead by Quarterback Christian Ponder was just terrible and I don't get it! It has to be the quarterback because look at all the options Ponder has to throw too. He has a huge tight end in Kyle Rudolph, another tight end with decent years John Carlson, Cordarrelle Patterson A.K.A Flash, former Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings, and a improving Jerome Simpson who had a 7 catch, 140 yard game. The days are getting limited for Ponder and I believe that if he starts to play like he did at Detroit, next week at Chicago then he will have fans calling to bench him. He is a failed 1st round pick, before todays game I was on his side knowing the upside he showed at the first 5 games last year and the last 4 games last year. I believe that within the next few weeks that Matt Cassel will be the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback. As we all know Cassel has had his ups and downs in his career but serves as a great backup to a young quarterback and if he can perform somehow like he did when he filled in for Tom Brady in 2008 (3,693 yards and 21 TDs) or even like he did in 2010 with the Kansas City Chiefs (3,116 yards and 27 TDS and only 7 interceptions) then he could lead us to some victories with some pressure off of the 2013 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson. Now here is where I'll get into the prospects of the 2014 NFL draft. Let's say Ponder fails and even with Cassel playing, that we come out of the 2013 season with a 6-10 record (same as 2010), yes it would be a disappointing season to say the least but at least we would have a decent pick in next years draft where we would look to find an actual franchise quarterback. With a 6-10 record that would put us around the 12th-14 pick of the draft and there I believe we could find a possible franchise quarterback. With Bridgewater and Boyd being already selected I would probably go for QB: AJ McCarron. He has led Alabama to the big game in college football which shows he can lead his team to victory. His college stats leading up to the 2013 season is also impressive. AJ McCarron up until the 2013 season has thrown for 5,956 yards, 49 TDS and only 8 interceptions. Those stats prove that he is smart with the football and can get it in his big play maker's hands. Ponder likes to over throw his receivers or run with it and instead of just throwing it away, likes to force it and make bad decisions which leads to interceptions. Even as a rookie I think McCarron would have his work made out for him. He would have a veteran Quarterback to learn from (Matt Cassel), the best running back in the league who would take pressure off of him (Adrian Peterson), and a decent group of wide receivers. All we need, with good receivers and a guy like Peterson in the backfield is someone who can just manage the game. Hand off to Peterson, make some good throws when needed and just be smart with the football, and I believe Minnesota would be closer to bringing the Lombardi trophy home with them. So what do you all think? If we had the Chance to draft AJ McCarron in the 2014 NFL Draft would you?

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