Let's start this list with something to Ponder.
The cover boy of NCAA Football 2010 is well worth the hype. Putting all the statistics aside for a moment, let's break down the mechanics of what qualifies Christian Ponder as a top NFL prospect.
First, he has a quick release, and accurate under pressure. He has a fantastic instinct to feel when the defense is closing in--he'll react by either stepping up and out of the pocket, or by running. He's no Tim Tebow, but he's agile enough to pick up a few yards. Ponder is notably confident in the pocket and does not panic when it collapses. As a fan of the game, what I enjoy most about Ponder is his willingness to throw a shoulder down and block for his runner. That shows heart and that he's a team player.
Now for the statistical breakdown. Last season, Ponder was a fantasy's player dream quarterback, excepting the last few games he missed due to injury. In the games he did play, however, Ponder has a pass completion of 68.8%. He threw for a total of 2717 yards in the games he did participate in, and added 14 touchdowns with only 7 INTs. Against ranked teams, he attempted 136 passes and completed 92 of them. That is a 67.6% completion rate. He threw 300+ yards in four games. Most impressively, he maneuvered a come-from-behind win against UNC, posting 395 yards and three TDs.
Let's hope he has an injury-free senior year that will improve his NFL draft stock.
Awards and Honors:
2010 Preseason ACC Player of the Year