Summary: Christian Ponder watched his draft stock take a dive when his 2009 season was cut short by a separated shoulder. His 2010 campaign was inconsistent, and an elbow injury is now problematic as well. However, the draft process has gone very well for him. He had a good Senior Bowl and threw well at the Combine. Perhaps some teams will feel he has regained some of his arm strength, but with several surgeries on his resume, there is cause for concern.
Ponder can make all the NFL throws including the deep ball. The question is accuracy down the field, and whether or not he will adjust his mindset at the next level where every defender is a professional capable of intercepting a poorly thrown ball.
Player Comparison: Chad Pennington. Recently, Pennington's long, mostly average NFL career likely came to an end on a basketball court when he blew out his knee. Injuries plagued him during his 11 seasons in the league, just like they have bothered Ponder in college. It might be premature to expect Ponder to match Pennington's accuracy at the NFL level where he completed almost two of every three passes out of 2,471 he tossed, but that is what he will try to emulate. Both players are smart, and Ponder should have a steady, if not spectacular run as Pennington did.
@Mark C. I was going to point out to Walter that people can actually travel and most people attending games don't live within walking distance of the stadiums. A 4 or 5 hour drive to go see a game is absolutely nothing. It's only 8 regular season home games each season after all.
Here we are a little over a month away from the big draft. Last year at this time the big trades were happening. Fantasy Football junkie so I love the draft. Had a few thoughts on the top 6 players from the 2016 draft ( was cool how they actually panned out ) so I thought I`d do it again this year. Went with 12 players this year.
Most intriguing ?? Watson-Trubisky-Mahomes & Kizer... Once again , just like last year, the QB position has the most questions and interest.
Safest picks? Garrett-Thomas-Adams & Barnett all look nfl ready.
Most athletic? Peppers-Samuel-Melifonwu & Ross... (GARRETT)
Just wow on how deep this draft class is.
I believe there are no franchise QB's in this draft, possible for teams to trade into the lower 1st round to grab a QB. Defense is deep, especially in the secondary and that makes this draft a crapshoot.