5 Reasons Why Florida State QB Christian Ponder Will Play In The NFL

September 10th, 2010 – by Jimmy

When looking at the QB class this year in college football, the field is quite deep. With such names as Jake Locker, Andrew Luck, Terrelle Pryor, Kellen Moore, & Ryan Mallet floating around, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder can tend to be overlooked when considering the grand scheme of things.

For anybody who isn’t familiar with the Senior FSU QB, he is quite proficient with his arm as well as his feet. Ponder is quick, apt, a competitor and most of all a leader. This is not the opinion of this writer, it can be considered a fact due to the fact that many Heisman voters have their eye on Ponder, as well as the other prominent QBs previously mentioned. Not only considered to be a Heisman candidate, Ponder is also considered to be one of the favorites to win the award. While there are players that are favored over him, Ponder is sitting in a good position with 15 to 1 odds to win the Heisman.

Ponder’s Heisman odds will only continue to improve as he racks up the yards and touchdowns. Last week in the opener against Samford, Ponder completed 12 of 14 passes for 167 yards good for 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Ponder’s lone interception in the Samford game was a bit of a fluke in fact. It only came due to the fact that a Samford defensive lineman made an outstanding play to tip a ball the redirected straight into the bread basket of another Samford defender. If not for that great play, Ponder would have one less incompletion as well as one less interception. Despite having that interception, Ponder leads the nation in QB rating after the first week, 265.92 rating. Ponder’s yards may seem low but that tends to happen when being pulled after the 2nd quarter in a blowout game.

It is recognized the fact that Ponder played an inferior opponent in week 1 of the college football season however he will have a chance to show what he is capable of when the Seminoles travel to Norman, OK to face the Sooners in one of the premiere games this fine weekend of college football. The nation, Heisman voters, and NFL scouts will all have the chance to see what Ponder can do. Should he perform well, Ponder’s stock will go up across the board. Currently, the Seminoles & Christian Ponder are 7 point underdogs to the Sooners according to the latest College Football Betting Odds. Ponder will have his work cut out, but Florida State could definitely walk away from Norman with the win.

Without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons why Christian Ponder will play football on Sundays in the NFL:

5. Height & Weight: Standing at 6’3″ and 227 lbs, Ponder has the frame and build to play at the next level. While your height and weight doesn’t guarantee anything, it is a good indicator that he’ll be able to stand up to the rigors of NFL play. Comparable QBs in the NFL: Philip Rivers – 6’5″ 228 lbs, Aaron Rodgers – 6’2″ 225 lbs, Tom Brady – 6’4″ 225 lbs, Peyton Manning – 6’5″ 230 lbs, Eli Manning – 6’4″ 225 lbs

4. Multiple Ways To Beat Teams: As stated earlier, Ponder is an apt passer that has the ability to run for good yardage as well. While the NFL judges QB play with the passing aspect of the game, the threat from a mobile QB can’t be denied. Make no mistake, Ponder is not Michael Vick, a good thing since that model of QB has not been proven to win the NFL. Instead, Ponder’s running ability translates into escapability, something that the best NFL QBs use to keep plays alive. Comparable QBs: Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings, Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints, Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins, Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys

3. Ability To Make Every Throw On The Field: Even though Ponder is dangerous with his feet, it is his arm that is his real asset. Ponder has displayed the ability to get it to any receiver on the field no matter if it is the 8 route, the post, out routes, dumps into the flats, or over the middle… Ponder can put the ball on target. In making the transition to the pro game, Ponder has big hands, big enough to grip the NFL football and make accurate throws with power. Comparable QBs: Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers, Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

2. Leadership Ability & Commitment: Next to Tim Tebow, no one will work harder for their college football team than Christian Ponder. Ponder has been through adversity and has triumphed in most scenarios. Ponder is a leader of men at the college level and could easily be the same man in the NFL if given the time to establish himself. Bottom line, rookies don’t get respect but that isn’t likely to affect Ponder, just as Tebow appears to be rolling with the punches in Denver. Once past that initial stage, professional players will recognize his talent, character, and will surely be on board. Comparable QBs: Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts, Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints, Tom Brady – New England Patriots

1. Intelligence & Experience In Pro Style Offense: Watch Ponder against Oklahoma and see the decisions he is able to make in fractions of a second. Ponder can make analytical decisions in a very short amount of time. Furthermore, since taking the reigns as FSU QB, Jimbo Fisher has been in charge of the offense. A majority of the snaps in this offense come from under center as opposed to the shotgun formation. This relates well to the NFL because of the ability read, recognize, and react to defenses at the line of scrimmage. The knock on many prominent college QBs making the transition to the NFL is that they have not had the time under center, something that will not be an issue for Ponder. Comparable QBs: Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings, Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts, Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints

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