Vikings draft QB; Packers Off. Tackle in Rd 1 of NFL Draft

By KBJR News 1

April 28, 2011 Updated Apr 28, 2011 at 11:06 PM CDT

New York (Northlands NewsCenter) - It was a long wait for both the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers in Thursday's opening round of the NFL Draft.

The Vikings held the 12th overall selection in Round One. With the pick, the Vikings chose Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.

Ponder threw for over 2,000 yards last season, throwing 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in the process. Minnesota hopes Ponder will be their franchise quarterback. Brett Favre retired, Tavaris Jackson was not expected to be back, and Joe Webb saw limited action a year ago.

As for the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, Green Bay with the final selection in the first round. With the 32nd overall selection, Green Bay chose Derrick Sherrod, an offensive tackle from Mississippi State. Sherrod reportedly between 305 and 321 pounds.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated had this quote in a recent article, “Sherrod—more of a technician than a brawler.. is the best available lineman (late in the first round).”

Rounds two and three will be on Friday night, and the Draft concludes with rounds four through seven on Saturday. UMD running back Isaac Odim was not selected in the opening round. It's likely, Odim, if drafted, would not be selected until Saturday.

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