Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/26/12
Matt Kalil to Minnesota Vikings: Key to Future Fortress

Whether you like the move or not, last season the Vikings established Christian Ponder as their starting quarterback.

Having Adrian Peterson is a plus, but it is not enough. Percy Harvin is a capable receiver, but also not enough.

With glaring weaknesses at wide receiver and corner, followed by a need to improve the protection around Ponder to give him a chance to be successful, the Minnesota Vikings came in to the 2012 Draft. 

Weaknesses can't be exploited if your quarterback can't stay on his feet. So Minnesota drafted Matt Kalil to give him a chance.

As much as the Vikings are viewed as destined for the basement in the NFC North, Minnesota is reminding people not to fall asleep on them. While injury and all-around bad play lead to a bad season last year. They were in a number of games.

They didn't really need help at running back as badly, so the trade with Cleveland was a wise move. The drafting of Kalil is even wiser. Now the line will be much more solid.  Now the Vikings have a bevy of picks to get more outside playmakers.

The Vikings make the smart move and set a strong cornerstone for a fortress and Ponder



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