After a very good Pro Day & if his arm strength checks out, Ponder in the second ??
Christian Ponder is definitely an interesting prospect, highly intelligent (he has an undergraduate & masters degree in finance & a 2nd masters in sports management) & he scored a 35 on the wonderlic. He is a leader, is undeniably talented & 6-3 & 222 lb.s he is the prototypical size for a QB. The biggest knock on Ponder has been his arm strength after a grade 3 right shoulder separation that he suffered while tackling a DB after an int.
Ponder was the Senior Bowl MVP with seven completions out of thirteen attempts for 132 yd.s & two TDs. He has good pocket presence & excellent footwork but has had some nagging elbow injuries that needed minor surgery during the 2010 season. He looked very good at his Pro Day, throwing the short, intermediate & the long ball with his usual extreme accuracy.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=6225628
Among the onlookers was Jay Gruden who is the new OC in Cininnati & unfortunately will pick in front of us in both the 1st & 2nd rd.s.
I think that he is a QB that would be a pretty good fit for the Skins. I think that Mike & Kyle both value intelligence in a QB. Mike Shannahan drafted both Jay Cutler, Brian Griese & Jake Plummer (not sure about Plummer but I think most would agree that Griese & Cutler are both very bright guys). Kyle Shannahan worked & was very successful with Matt Schaub (another very bright guy). Ponder is very mobile & is a very good athlete, another trait that I think Mike Shannahan likes in his QB. At his Pro Day, Ponders arm strength was described as above average which is good but IMO Shannahan would prefer a QB who has elite arm strength which is why I qualify Ponder as a "pretty good fit".
Ponder has good stats after a four year career at FSU, especially considering he was never at 100% during his senior season. He also passes Kevin's 26-27-60 QB draft formula with flying colors. If we don't draft a QB in the 1st then I hope we give Ponder a hard look in the 2nd.
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