The “Andrew Luck Pick” Belonging To The Vikings Is Back In Play

Lost in the shuffle of the Vikings embarrassment to the New Orleans Saints is the fact the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Tennessee Titans to move to 1-13. The Colts record is still the worst in the NFL, however they now sit just one win behind (or ahead when talking draft order) of both the Vikings and the St Louis Rams when it comes to worst record in the NFL and securing the number one pick in the draft to take Stanford’s quarterback Andrew Luck.

I know, I know… there’s plenty of pundits who will say the Vikings have too much invested in Christian Ponder to say they’ll take a quarterback two years in a row in the first round. That being said, there’s plenty of folks who’d turn around and argue you don’t pass on a phenom like Luck who would have been the top pick in the draft last year had he declared and also point out how poorly Ponder is playing right now. Ponder finished today 14-31 with only 120 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Ponder also only lead the team two 12 first downs when Drew Brees & Co had 36. Ponder’s accuracy today was poor and over the past few weeks he’s made too many bad throws forcing the ball into traffic leading to picks. Also the potential exists if the team finishes with the worst record in franchise history at 2-14 they’ll want to wipe the slate clean of Ponder. Or if they stick with Ponder they could deal the pick for a boatload to either Seattle, Cleveland or Miami to name a few.

Going back to the Colts sitting at 1-13 they play both Houston and Jacksonville to finish out the season. Houston is very much in the mix for a first round bye in the AFC and will be motivated to beat Indy, however Jacksonville is completely out of the playoff picture and it’s not of question for them to lay down not allowing a divisional rival in the Colts to get Luck. If all of the Vikings, Rams and Colts finish 2-14 it would then go to strength of schedule where the three are virtually gridlocked.

There is still two weeks to play of this NFL season and a lot can happen for the three teams jockeying for draft position. But if today taught us anything it’s that the purple are all but certain to be picking in the top three and could be on the clock for a few months wondering what to do compared to a mere ten minutes.

Jon Merckle may be followed on Twitter @thevikingpig

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  • w.brian.aker

    Boo! Shame on this! Ponder is the man! Cut the rookie some slack for not having much of a team around him! Give him time! I love Ponder!

  • nwoodall

    Only one problem with the premise of this article. The Colts just clinched the tiebreaker tonight on both the Vikings and Rams if Indy ends up tied with either one or all three at 2-14 courtesy of the SD win over the Steelers: opponent strength of schedule. The Vikings currently stand second in SoS.

    So for the Vikings to have a shot, they would have to lose out and hope the Colts win out. It’s still possible, but obviously not as likely as hoping for just one Indy win and a tiebreaker to clinch the pick.

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  • ShredH2O

    Don’t forget we only have Percy as a reciever, our o-line is garbage, and Peterson has been out for a number of games leaving the whole game on Christian’s shoulders and running for his life since nobody is blocking for him. We need too many pieces on both offense and defense then to draft another qb to watch him suffer in the same situations. So give Ponder a break and judge him when we have a real team around him.

  • w.brian.aker

    Good to know I’m not the only one out there with this mindeset! I totally agree w/you ShredH2O!

  • norsemonster

    In ’98 Manning threw 28 picks and the Colts went 3-13. I’m not comparing the two, just saying give the rook a break. Although, if somehow we end up at #1 then there’s absolutely no question, take Luck and never ever look back. Period.