NFL Draft 2011: 5 Scenarios That Put Christian Ponder in the First Round

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NFL Draft 2011: 5 Scenarios That Put Christian Ponder in the First Round
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Every year there are a variety of factors that put players who no one would've expected into the first round of the NFL draft. Sometimes teams with a need make that reach for a guy no one had pegged to come off the board until much later.

This practice will no doubt take place this year, perhaps as a response to the lockout, which has left teams unable to reconfigure before the draft. With upwards of 10 teams having a legitimate need for a starting signal caller, or at least an upgrade for their current one, quarterback is the most likely position to get a first-round upgrade.

Former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder has been gaining a lot of pre-draft buzz as a guy that could and should go in the first round. Here are five scenarios that explain why Ponder could be wearing a team's hat come Thursday night in New York City.

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