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Why the Minnesota Vikings Should Consider Drafting Another QB in 2012

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ray TannockSenior Analyst IDecember 28, 2011

The Minnesota Vikings may have their quarterback of the future in Christian Ponder, but that shouldn't stop them from drafting a quarterback in 2012.

Now a few of you may read this and ask yourselves why the Vikings would even think of another QB in this year's draft with Joe Webb and Sage Rosenfels on the roster, but the bottom line is the Vikings have more than enough reasons to do so.

The Vikings have been hinting around the possibility of Joe Webb eventually moving to wide receiver—although coach Frazier's latest comments suggest otherwise—and if the Vikings make such a move, that would remove one QB from their current roster.

Minnesota also claimed Rosenfels off of waivers from Miami earlier this month suggesting the team is trying to enter in some sort of veteran support now, before the free market opens up.

Rosenfels, however, isn't exactly starting material.

So if we put this all together, we have a team that basically has one developing rookie QB, one player who is destined for another assignment altogether and an aging veteran who isn't designed to lead this team into greener pastures.

That's a very thin roster at QB to say the least, and that is more than enough reason alone to draft another QB.

This year's draft features a bevy of quarterbacks to choose from, led by three underclassmen in Andrew Luck (Stanford), Robert Griffin III (Baylor) and Landry Jones (Oklahoma), but these are probably not the candidates the Vikings would be targeting with so many other pressing team needs.

Still, the Vikings do have additional options in Nick Foles (Arizona) and Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), perhaps even Michigan State's Kirk Cousins.

Personally, I would love to see Foles in a Vikings uniform, but that's just me.

The point is, the current Vikings roster has a lot of work to it that needs to be handled, and having any holes at QB would certainly keep the Vikings from moving forward—hence the need for another QB.

Aside from the aforementioned issues, let's not forget that Ponder may not even work out.

The kid has already been knocked around more than he should've been—suffering a concussion—and his development is progressing, but at a very methodical and sometimes inconsistent pace.

This is yet another reason why the organization should consider drafting a QB.

In the end, if you put it all together it just makes perfect sense: The Vikings need to shore up their roster and depth at QB, and they also have to protect themselves from the possibility of a failed venture from a year ago.

Add in the fact the Vikings are free to pull the trigger on anyone, anywhere in the 2012 NFL draft, and we suddenly see a nice little picture being drawn.

Hopefully, the Vikings realize this consideration in April and make good on a draft move they should definitely make.

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