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Christian Ponder (QB)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    229 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/4 in.
  • College:
    Florida St.
  • Conference:
    ACC
Featured Prospects

Selected by: Minnesota Vikings
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 12 (12)

Pick Analysis: The Vikings surprisingly nab Ponder with their first-round pick. He has all of the leadership skills, intelligence and intangibles to be an effective starting quarterback, but the Vikings will need to tweak their offense to suit his skills as a quick-rhythm passer. He might not be ready to assume the mantle in Week 1, but he could be better than anyone anticipates as a pro quarterback.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.65 sec
  • Bench Press- -
  • Broad Jump116.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.85 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Ponder's a fit for a West Coast team that would allow him to use his good footwork and proficiency in the short passing game. Could become a starter if given time and decision making improves. Uses his feet to buy extra time, leave the pocket to throw, or take off and running for first downs. Exhibits the physical and mental toughness you like to see. Has enough arm strength but doesn't put elite zip on the ball and will try to fit it into too many tight spots downfield. Ponder has slowly climbed up boards, and he is almost certain to go in the second round.


Strengths

Ponder's very tight and sound in his drop. Accelerates quickly when escaping the pocket. Will make plays in the open field after tucking. Can buy time with his feet and keep his eyes downfield. Does a good job in the short passing game getting the ball out quickly with accuracy. Exhibits great leadership qualities and toughness.

Weaknesses

Must improve his overall decision making and awareness. Will lock onto his first option and struggle to move through his progressions. Can appear lost when making incorrect pre-snap read. Takes too many chances and puts the ball in harms way too often. Doesn't possess good deep ball accuracy. Has an injury history.

Grade

6.5

 

Video Playlist

  1. Vikings pick Christian Ponder No. 12

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 09:35 p.m.

    The Minnesota Vikings select Florida State QB Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - QB Christian Ponder, Florida State

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 01:20 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.

  3. Ponder's draft stock

    Published: March 16, 2011 at 06:37 p.m.

    Find out whether Florida State QB Christian Ponder will climb into the first round on "Path to the Draft."

  4. 2011 combine workout: Christian Ponder

    Published: March 7, 2011 at 06:51 p.m.

    Watch Florida State QB Christian Ponder work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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