253 draft picks transformed the NFL in a matter of days. Around the League will examine the aftershocks by asking one post-draft burning question for all 32 teams.
We believe the Vikings made the right move. Pairing Kalil with Christian Ponder will hasten the young quarterback's development. Ponder spoke honestly last week about hearing footsteps during his rookie season, partly because of the punishment he took under center.
"A lot of times I wasn't comfortable getting to my third, fourth reads, checking the ball down. Instead of just checking it down when a guy is wide open, I'd just run," Ponder said. "... That's something I have to get away from. It's easy to break the habit. It's just going to make it so much better having full confidence in the protection."
The passing game in this league has blown wide open. There's no bigger investment on a football team than at quarterback and Minnesota is going nowhere without better play at the position. The Vikings believe they have a potential franchise passer in Ponder, and made the right move in grabbing the draft's premier left tackle.
"Again, to have a quarterback not have to worry about that left side, or have the insurance that the left tackle is going to handle the speed rushers and the speed rushers that we are going to face in this division helps that quarterback focus more on what is going to happen in the passing game down the field," Spielman told the team's official site. "Maybe getting that extra time to find an open receiver and hopefully Matt will help fulfill all that."