EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have selected Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph with their second round pick in the NFL draft.

The Vikings selected Rudolph with the 11th pick of the round on Friday night, the 43rd choice overall.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Rudolph left school after his junior season. Now he will be catching passes from Christian Ponder.

The Vikings surprised some by taking Ponder with the 12th overall pick in the first round on Thursday night. Ponder arrived in Minnesota on Friday and says it is his goal to be the starter in the season opener.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, the defensive coordinator before he was promoted to head coach, has now used his first two picks on offensive players.

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Comments (11)
  1. Ferris Lind says:

    It’s weird to think the Lions will have more wins then the Vikes next year

  2. Northern one says:

    No kidding. I’m a loyal Vikings fan and even I realize next year is gonna be a long year (that is, if we even have football). Even though we took Ponder, maybe we have a shot at Andrew Luck at next year’s draft. We might just do that bad this year. No matter what though… Skol, Vikings!

  3. Jeff says:

    Ponder won’t last .5 seconds behind this sad excuse of an O Line. Might as well wrap the guy up in bubble wrap and ductape, he won’t be able to throw anyway. He’ll have stong legs from running backwords though.

  4. Jack says:

    I think if we have a season this year which is very in doubt and sad in it that Joe Web may surprise us with some exciting play. We still have some weapons and without the Farve and Childress factor not that Frazer is going to be our saviour buy they may look just ok this year. Hell can’t be worst than last year and hey expectations are so low there is nowhere to go but up from here one would hope. And let’s not kid ourselves Ponder is not going to be a starter right out of the gates they will develop him and if Joe cannot beat out this rookie in camp God help us.

    1. v says:

      Cracks me up how everyone is down on the pick of an intelligent, resilient first round QB from a College Football power-house, yet everyone thinks a second-year, 6th round pick mental-midget Wide Receiver from the University of Alabama/Birmingham is somehow the answer.

      1. common cents says:

        Masters degree. Doesn’t every football player have one of those? This guy wasn’t on my radar but neither was Tom Brady in his year. He went in the sixth round so I have hope on this.

  5. Phid says:

    I’m not saying he is going to be the greatest QB, but what would you guys have had us do at QB? If we didn’t pick him up, we would have had to trade for a veteran QB. We could have tried another experimental QB at the end of his career, but I don’t think that would get us very far. Drafting QBs is a crapshoot anyway, so this might work out (or not).

  6. Jon says:

    I agree the O-line was bad last year but maybe the new O-line coach will have a new scheme to help protect better. Ponder and Webb are pretty mobile but run blocking will have to be better to spring AP loose otherwise we could be in trouble!

  7. KING VIKING says:

    Hello Lions had more win then viking last year. The worst draft pick ever what in the H@##, Viking didn’t draft no O-Line at all , CB need some help dumbA$#
    Going to be a long year…. Biggest FAN VIKING KING

  8. Me says:

    Now, now, don’t lose hope. Nobody wanted that QB from Michigan a few years ago. He was a sixth round draft pick and I think the Patriots are pretty happy with how things have turn out with that Tim? Tom? Brady fellow. I can’t help but wonder how much better Joe Webb would be if they had let him play more last year when he could learn without pressure. Especially after it became clear there wasn’t going to be a post-season.

    At the least, you can definitely say Ponder is the exact mental opposite of T-Jack and that is very encouraging.

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