Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher watch warm ups before the game with the Tennessee Titans at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Spielman Takes Full Responsibility for Christian Ponder Pick


Rick Spielman will be glad when the day comes that he doesn’t have to answer anymore questions about Christian Ponder.

Unfortunately, that day is not here yet.

Spielman stepped before the media Tuesday afternoon for his final pre-draft press conference, and what subject immediately came up?

Yup, Ponder.

It’s natural for questions to be raised about Ponder, with the Vikings getting set to possibly once again spend a high draft pick on a quarterback.

Spielman did not shy away from the subject on Tuesday when asked.

“I take full responsibility for Christian Ponder and is he a bust or not a bust,” Spielman said.

He said that his past experience with Ponder will not make him afraid to take a QB at #8.

“Regardless of position if there’s a guy that you feel strongly for, then you take him,” Spielman said.

But is there a quarterback the Vikings feel strongly enough about to take at #8? That’s the question.

Indications now are that they do not love any of the QBs in this draft enough to grab them so high.

They’ve shown interest in a bunch of players, including Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr, but passing on all those guys to take a smaller name later in the draft is definitely an option.

No matter what Spielman and the Vikings do come Thursday, there will be happy fans and there will be unhappy fans.

And Christian Ponder will still be a sore subject.

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