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Monday, May 2, 2011
Take your pick: Ponder or Andy Dalton?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

The 2011 NFL draft is in the books, and we have another interesting poll question for our community. This week the AFC North blog wants to know who will be the better NFL quarterback: Christian Ponder or Andy Dalton?

Both were projected to go late in the first round or early in the second round. But the Minnesota Vikings pulled off the shocker of the draft, selecting Ponder No. 12 overall Thursday night. Dalton was picked the next day by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round, No. 35 overall.

Minnesota received a lot of heat for picking Ponder so high, while the Bengals have been commended for waiting and getting solid value in the second round.

But is Ponder the better NFL quarterback? He suffered some injuries in college and had an up-and-down career at Florida State. Ponder will join a veteran team in Minnesota and could start early if the team does not acquire a veteran this offseason such as Donovan McNabb.

Or will Dalton perform better than Ponder? Dalton was a favorite of a lot of talent evaluators for his accuracy and winning ways at TCU. Dalton is going to a rebuilding team in Cincinnati but is expected to be the Week 1 starter with Carson Palmer threatening retirement.

Using our SportsNation poll, vote for which player will be the better NFL quarterback and share your thoughts in the comments section below.