Christian Ponder Scouting Report

Christian Ponder

Height: 6’2
Weight: 229
College: Florida State
40 Time: 4.65
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 2nd-3rd Round

Stats

2010 – 183/298, 61.4%, 2044 yards, 6.9 YPA, 20 TD’s, 8 INT’s
2009 – 227/330, 68.8%, 2718 yards, 8.2 YPA, 14 TD’s, 7 INT’s
2008 – 177/318, 55.7%, 2006 yards, 6.3 YPA, 14 TD’s, 13 INT’s
2007 – 8/18, 44.4%,  105 yards, 5.8 YPA,  1 TD, 2 INT’s

Overview:

Christian Ponder was once seen as a 1st round prospect and deservingly so. He’s a smart QB who has a nice combo of arm strength and accuracy. However, his recent injury trouble has caused his stock to take a hit. He can play in a west coast style offense and succeed as a starter. I don’t think he will be a great NFL QB, but he can be a solid starter for a team once he adjusts to the NFL game.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– 3 year starter, experienced
– Adequate height with good bulk
– Good overall athlete
– Can get out of the pocket and pick up the 1st with his legs
– Accurate in the short to intermediate range
– Very quick release
– Throws have a nice zip
– Adequate arm strength
– Solid footwork in the pocket, need little refinement
– Throws well on the run
– Does a good job of stepping up when he feels pressure
– Tough player
– Great leader

Negatives

– Needs to learn drop back footwork since he mostly played out of shotgun
– Has to do a better job of not staring down receivers
– Doesn’t look down field when he scrambles
– Throws a lot of quick slants and screens in his offense
– Deep balls tend to float
– Pocket presence is poor at times and he holds onto the ball too long
– Huge injury concerns, elbow and shoulder injuries to throwing arm
– Did not look like the same player after returning from injuries

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Arm Strength: 3.0
Accuracy: 3.5
Mobility: 3.5
Decision Making: 3.0
Mechanics: 3.0
Pocket Awareness: 2.5
Intangibles: 4.0
Pro Potential: 3.0

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