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TOP: Christian Ponder looks for a receiver during a Vikings game against the Lions on Sept. 8 in Detroit. ABOVE (from left): Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles are the top quarterback prospects in the May 8-10 NFL draft. (Reuters file photos)

Will the ghost of Christian Ponder scare Vikings off this year’s top QB prospects?

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The 2011 NFL draft will be remembered for Carolina hitting it big with quarterback Cam Newton as the No. 1 pick. But three other first-round quarterbacks had a major impact on the NFL, as well. Just not in a good way.


Those picks went so badly, the teams that made them — the Vikings, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars — are still nervous about taking a quarterback early.

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