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Christian Ponder scored a 37 on his Wonderlich test. He was the only active 2010 NCAA player to have earned an MBA. He achieved a four-year degree, in two years at Florida State.
Yeah he's smart, but can he play?
Shortly, yes. In 2010, Ponder had a TD:INT ratio of 20:8 and that's even being injured at the end of the season. Ponder let the Southern team over a heavily favored Northern team in the Senior Bowl; he even received the game MVP title.
Ponder is very accurate, and makes good decisions. He has the ability to stay in the pocket, avoid defenders and can still keep his eyes down the field for receivers. If he doesn't see an open target, he doesn't try to force the ball into a tight space. He has the athletic ability to move outside of the pocket and make throws on the run. This is something that many other QB's in the draft struggled with, heck, NFL QB's struggle with that.
He's a tough kid too. "Wait, what about his injuries?" you say, Ponder injured his shoulder in his junior year by tackling a player that intercepted his pass. In a recent interview with the Vikings, Ponder addressed his injuries by saying,
"I think it was huge. I knew it was a big concern. Definitely my health was what guys were worried about. I think I was mislabeled as injury prone. I mean everything was bad luck. I had a third degree separation on my AC joint in my junior year and that was from throwing an interception and tackling the guy cause I was mad and then with the forearm elbow injury I had this past year was just a freak deal that wasn’t a major injury, it was just a nuisance but I will tell you once the season was done and going into the senior bowl, going into the combine and then the private workouts and the pro day, I knew that I had to show that I was healthy and that my arm was back and I was fine." http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Ponder-Discusses-Becoming-A-Viking/abf1c4d1-42b4-486a-a48f-f68816008952
Hmm, a QB that plays to the whistle? That's rare in the NFL. Even if that's not a wise move as a QB, that kind of thing can be be worked out with coaching. No one can question his heart or will to win; I was more than impressed when I read that interview.
Ponder's play at the Senior Bowl and work at the Combine proved that the injuries are no longer an issue. All of these things tell me that he's a franchise QB in the making.