Christian Ponder struggled for much of the season, but ESPN's Kevin Seifert doesn't believe the Vikings will look to replace him in the 2013 NFL Draft. Seifert cites Ponder's improved performance in recent weeks and the poor class of quarterbacks as the main reasons the Vikings will stick with Ponder for at least another season.
Ponder has passed for 2,701 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season with a 78.8 rating. He has also rushed 58 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Ponder had some major difficulties this year, including three games in which he threw for under 100 yards. Over the past two weeks however, Ponder has not thrown any interceptions and kept the Vikings in the playoff race.
With Geno Smith of West Virginia as the only quarterback sure to be selected in the first round (he is projected to be the first overall selection), the Vikings are likely to give second-year QB Ponder another year to develop.