NFL Draft 2011: What To Expect From Florida State Seminoles' March 16th Pro Day
As March 16th is right around the corner, members of the Florida State Seminoles football team are gearing up to complete the biggest job interview of their lives – Pro Day.
Christian Ponder, Rodney Hudson, Ryan McMahon and Mister Alexander are a few names headlining FSU’s pro day in 2011 and a lot is expected of these athletes as they showcase the skill that has gotten them this far.
It’s hard to predict exactly what is going to happen in Tallahassee on March 16th, but we have some clues as to what to expect from Florida State’s pro day.
Christian Ponder, QB
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Christian Ponder has been doing what needs to be done to keep his name in the mouths of many draft experts.
He performed excellent at the Senior Bowl, nabbing the MVP award, and also put up solid numbers at the NFL Combine.
His last step is to showcase his talents at FSU’s pro day.
Ponder is a very polished QB that has years of experience and leadership capabilities, but it’s his health that many scouts will want to keep their eye on.
Ponder will need to continue to show scouts that his injury issues are a thing of the past and a good performance on March 16th will surely help solidify this point.
Ponder is an excellent pocket passer, something most NFL teams covet when drafting a QB, but he will need to refine his all-around game to get his name in talks for the first round.
Entering the season, Ponder was a lock to be a first round selection, but as the season ensued and injuries piled up, his stock plummeted.
Now it’s Ponder’s time to prove all the doubters wrong and show that he is worth a middle of round one selection in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.
Rodney Hudson, OG/C
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Rodney Hudson’s name has also been in talks for a first round selection, but he still has some work to do at Florida State’s pro day if he wants to cement his status as a first round lineman.
Hudson should use his pro day to prove to scouts that he is as versatile as any guard in the draft by playing both offensive guard and center.
The versatility of a big man is something that is rare for most NFL franchises and if Hudson can establish good play at both positions, he could see his name climb the big board come draft day.
Another negative facing Hudson is his diminutive size compared with many other guards in the draft.
Standing at 6’2”, 290, Hudson is still holds the number one overall position rank for G/C, but he will need to prove to scouts that he plays bigger than the size listed on paper.
If he can show scouts that his small stature is part of his game, using speed and agility to be one of the fastest offensive lineman in the game, Hudson will have a successful pro day and should surprise many.
Ryan McMahon, C
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Redshirt Senior Ryan McMahon doesn’t expect his name to be called early in the draft, but he is happy to be a late seventh round pick or an undrafted free agent.
Starting 53 straight games during his career at FSU, McMahon will have to bust his butt to prove his worth to scouts.
At pro day, McMahon can establish that he is one of the most durable centers in college football by showcasing his high football IQ, small but quick and strong game play and resiliency that made his an All-American his freshman year.
Switching from defense to offense his freshman year at Florida State, McMahon can use FSU’s pro day to demonstrate his ability to be versatile for an NFL team, while also using his hard-nosed demeanor to get the job done.
Mister Alexander, OLB
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The 50th best linebacker out of the 200-plus hoping to continue their football dreams in the NFL, Mister Alexander has some work to do to prove that he can be useful for an NFL team.
Enjoying his most productive season as a redshirt junior in 2009, Alexander played in all 13 of the Seminoles games and recorded 51 tackles as their starting outside linebacker.
Alexander will have to use every resource available to him during Florida State’s pro day by proving that he is the rough player we saw on the field at times last season.
His injury issues and off-field concerns should appear behind him and a strong pro day performance can only help heighten his draft stock.