Christian Ponder Scouting Report

Christian Ponder QB Florida State

Ht: 6’2

Wt: 221

Adequate height. Very good build for a quarterback. Athleticism is above average; can make plays on the run. A tough player who can take a hit. Appears to be an excellent leader on the field. Fundamentals are solid; has a very quick release. Maintains fundamental and accuracy on the run. Has nice touch on his passes.
An injury risk – missed time in 2009 with a injury to his right shoulder, missed time in 2010 with an elbow injury. Arm strength is moderate. Very streaky; looks great for a game or two, and then inexplicably will come out and throw two or three picks against an inferior opponent. Never quite lived up to expectations. Struggles to go through his progressions when his first option isn’t open; often locks on to one receiver for too long.
Ponder has the tools necessary to be a starter in the NFL, but he’s never been able to maintain a consistent performance while at Florida State. His issues seem to stem from an inability to read defenses and go through his progressions. The encouraging thing is this can be fixable, but the discouraging thing is that he should be better after three years as the Seminoles starters. He didn’t face many complex defensive schemes in the ACC, which raises legitimate concerns about his ability to handle reading an NFL defense.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 1 Comment

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