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Continued: Vikings GM Spielman weary from waiting for draft

  • Article by: MATT VENSEL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 7, 2014 - 7:40 AM

Spielman was asked if he learned any lessons from taking Christian Ponder at No. 12 in 2011.

“You can’t be afraid,” Spielman said. “Regardless of position, if there’s a guy there that you have strong feelings for, whether it’s at [pick] eight or 40 or 16, then you take him.

‘‘I mean, the one thing you cannot be afraid at this job is to take chances or take risks on guys that you feel strongly about.”

Etc.

• Spielman shot down a report that said the Vikings spoke with the St. Louis Rams about trading for quarterback Sam Bradford. “I have not had any specific talks with the Rams,” he said.

• Spielman said the Vikings decided to pass on Ponder’s 2015 option to give the team flexibility. He also emphatically said the Vikings have no plans to trade Ponder.

• Last year’s first pick of three first-round selections, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, got a vote of confidence, but Spielman said Floyd’s presence “does not preclude us from taking another in-line pass rusher,” such as Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

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