As the Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans on Thursday night, fans in Indy probably started getting nervous. Throughout the season writers, broadcasters, and fans have been speculating about whether or not the Colts would, or should draft Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the #1 overall pick in next April’s draft. Peyton Manning has been out the entire season and his future health is uncertain at best. Even if Manning returns to full strength, he probably has 3-4 years left in the tank. Luck, according to everyone with a voice, is the next Peyton or John Elway. Too good too pass up. The Colts were virtually assured of the #1 overall pick as they were 0-13. Then something bad happened; Indy won two straight games. Now, that #1 pick could belong to the Minnesota Vikings, who sit at 2-12 as they prepare to take on the Redskins on Saturday.
But Colts fans should have nothing to worry about, right. The Vikes have their “quarterback of the future” already in Christian Ponder. They took him in the first round with the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft. Would the Vikings draft another QB with the #1 pick? The better question is should they? The answer is pretty simple; you have to draft Luck if you wind up with the 1st overall pick. Even if you like Ponder, you still have to take this guy.
When Minnesota switched from McNabb to Ponder earlier this year, the rookie looked very promising. Lately, however, he has looked horrible. Some of his throws look like they are intended for the other team. During the past few weeks he has been intercepted, benched, and booed. All of that being said he is a rookie and none of this stuff is why you draft another QB already. You draft Luck because if you believe that he is that good, chances like this only come along once in a generation(roughly 15 years). Even if Ponder was playing awesome, you still draft him. At worst, the team owns the rights to him which they can always trade at a big premium(…ala Eli Manning).
There is only one John Elway and only one Peyton Manning. If the Vikings believe that Andrew Luck is as good a prospect as those two guys were, they have to draft him. Minnesota has only drafted a QB in the 1st round three times; Fran Tarkenton(NFL Hall of Fame), Daunte Culpepper(3-time Pro Bowler), and Christian Ponder(future=?). They have only had the #1 overall pick twice in their history. In 1968 they drafted Ron Yary(OT, HOF), and in 1961 the Vikings took Tommy Mason(RB, 3xPB). Both guys were excellent picks, but Minnesota has been looking for a franchise QB since Fran retired in 1978. Daunte looked like the guy, but injury and coaching changes did him in after 2004(NFL record 5,123 yards combined). Sure, most great QB’s are not drafted first overall. Marino, Brees, Brady, Montana, and Rodgers all slid further in the draft than expected. But again, if this guy really is Elway, the Vikings have to draft him(if they get the chance). They also, however, have to make sure he’s not Jeff George.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).