Vikings grabbed gritty Christian Ponder from Florida State with the 12th overall pick on Thursday night.
Fans gathered at a draft party inside the teamâ€™s practice facility groaned when Washingtonâ€™s Jake Locker went with the eighth pick to the Tennessee Titans and again when Missouriâ€™s Blaine Gabbert was gone at No. 10 after Jacksonville traded up.
They booed when Ponderâ€™s name was announced, the fourth quarterback taken in this quarterback-deep draft, apparently convinced his value didnâ€™t match the slot. But Vikings vice president for player personnel Rick Spielman said the team likes Ponderâ€™s poise, intelligence and accuracy, and he said the asking price was too high for them to trade up and get Gabbert before the Jaguars