• The Vikings took a leap to select Christian Ponder 12th overall, and they didn’t do it with the intention of handing him a headset in Week 1. However, the lockout hauled out another wrench from its deep bag of wrenches and threw one at the Vikings’ offseason plans. Head coach Leslie Frazier admitted that putting Ponder under centre for Day 1 of the regular season will be difficult if valuable teaching time is lost over the summer.
  • Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland saw that some misguided mock drafts thought Ryan Mallett was a fine fit for his team at 15th overall. He laughed at those mocks, drafting Mike Pouncey in the first round, and then wedged the torment further when he traded into the second round and passed on Mallett again with the 62nd overall pick. Turns out he just didn’t like the Arkansas QB much.
  • We all make some questionable decisions when we’re 17 years old. We’re sure that Jets seventh round pick Scott McKnight has matured since he became a little bit too creative during a creative writing exercise.
  • Andy Dalton celebrated in style when he was taken by Cincinnati with the 35th overall pick, and immediately showed his superb field instincts during a pressure-filled moment with the cameras glaring…
  • Arrowhead Addict’s Patrick Allen is generally happy with the Chiefs’ draft, and he generally likes Scott Pioli, the team’s general manager. But he wholeheartedly hates the notion that a fan is committing some kind of treason by launching even a mild criticism at a team’s front office.
  • The Falcons looked around at the draft’s wide receiver pool, grabbed a cocktail, asked for everyone’s attention, and then did a massive cannonball. So it’s no surprise that the early draft grades are all over the map after Atlanta gave up every draft pick they have for the next eight years (slight exaggeration) to land Julio Jones.
  • TotalPackers.com reminds us that tight end D.J. Williams–Green Bay’s fifth round pick–has overcome some serious emotional hurdles during his road to the NFL.