2011 Denver Broncos Draft Cameos: Christian Ponder

TALLAHASSEE FL - NOVEMBER 27: Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles throws for a first down during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27 2010 in Tallahassee Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Quarterback - Christian Ponder, Florida State

Height:  6'2"
Weight:  222
40yd:  4.65

Interest Level:

Private Workout:  Yes
Private Visit to Team Facility:  No
Attended Proday: No
Other: -

Quick Take:

Pure passer, with rare accuracy and ability to place the ball for his receivers.  Very catchable ball, good timing, knows how to be patient, reads coverages well.  Ability to release quickly upon finding his target.  Reminds me of Plummer in his ability to scramble and set up to make the accurate throw.  Very efficient throwing motion, good fundamentals both under center and in the shotgun.  Excellent overall prospect with good leadership and the ability to stay cool under fire.  Day one starter in most situations.

Where He Goes in the Draft:

Top of the 2nd round

What is Denver's Interest In Him?


Denver has to be intrigued by his skillset, and Elway has already mentioned that Ponder reminds him of himself more than any of the other QBs in the class.  However, Ponder should be gone in the first round, and only is likely to lat into the second because of the strength of the defensive picks in the first.  If he is there at #36, Denver will move him to their short list.

Position, Name

CB Patrick Peterson

DT Marcell Dareus

QB Blaine Gabbert

Top OLB/DE Von Miller
DE Robert Quinn

DT Nick Fairley

QB Cam Newton

Middle OT Nate Solder
OT Anthony Costanzo
DE Da'Quan Bowers
DE Aldon Smith

Bottom DT/NT Phil Taylor
DE Adrian Clayborn
OG/C Danny Watkins
OLB Akeem Ayers


QB Andy Dalton
QB Christian Ponder
DE Jabaal Sheard
CB Brandon Harris

2 Middle


3 Middle


4 Middle

5 Top



[Note:  All players in the table are ranked by overall grade within their round grouping, however, the round groupings are based on where this player will likely be drafted based on where teams are currently selecting in the draft.  Therefore a player is ranked within a group by his level of ability, but players in nearby groupings may have higher or lower actual grades, despite being in a different group.  Confusing enough for you? --Styg]

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