Christian Ponder Scouting Report
Christian Ponder
Christian Ponder - Florida St. (HT: 6-2 - WT: 229)
Combine 40: 4.65 - Position Rank: 5 of 20

Positives: At his best when asked to work the middle of the field, very accurate between the hash marks... Completes a high percentage of his passes... Sells the play fake, hides the football really well... Gets proper depth in his drop steps, very quick feet... True leader on and off the field, very tough player who plays through pain and will earn the respect of teammates... Great athletic ability, good playmaker when things break down... Keeps his eyes downfield, good runner when asked to take off... Smart with the football, will slide rather than absorb the big hit... Prototypical frame for the position... Intelligent, earned his bachelor's degree in two and a half years with a 3.7 GPA... Although he didn't look good in practices, was MVP of 2011 Senior Bowl and probably helped his draft stock overall... Threw very well at the combine, stock has continued to rise throughout the postseason.

Negatives: Has a tendency to float balls to the sideline, will struggle throwing intermediate and deep routes at the next level... Despite being asked to throw the ball consistently, hasn't put up big numbers... Doesn't play up to competition and feasts off inferior opponents... Seems to have regressed this year after a breakout junior season... Doesn't get great rotation on his throws, causes some of his intermediate and deep throws to drift away from the receiver... Questionable decision maker, throws a lot of balls into double coverage and trusts his receivers too much... Stares at his number one receiver too long, has to go through his progression quicker... Has some injury concerns, missed his last four games in 2009 due to a separated shoulder... Battled a forearm injury all year, was knocked out of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl this year due to a concussion.

    Passing   Rushing
  596 965 61.8 6872 7.1 49-30   296 833 2.8 45 10
2007 Florida St.   8 18 44.4 105 5.8 1-2   5 51 10.2 22 0
2008 Florida St.   177 318 55.7 2006 6.3 14-13   119 423 3.6 45 4
2009 Florida St.   227 330 68.8 2717 8.2 14-7   72 179 2.5 30 2
2010 Florida St.   184 299 61.5 2044 6.8 20-8   100 180 1.8 18 4

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