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Posted Sept. 6, 2010
Florida State vs. Samford
(1st half only)
7 Christian Ponder
62 Rodney Hudson
98 Markus White
13 Nigel Bradham
29 Kendall Smith
early 1st qtr (no time given from crappy espn u) 3rd and 8 - Shows very good speed and solid range on this play ...
1st - 2:37 - Nice technique and footwork in pursuit, but lets RB get outside
and underrates RB's speed
2nd - 9:53 - Inexcusable missed tackle on delayed handoff out of pistol ... bad patience and technique in approach
1st - 11:51 - PA rollout, nice arm strength and accuracy, mediocre touch on football ... good footwork
1st - 11:33 - Nice accuracy and touch
1st - 9:21 - Love his release, very quick ... nice touch and throws
VERY CATCHABLE ball to WR ... WR should have come up with catch for TD ... inc., but nice throw from Ponder
1st - 9:14 - Very calm and patient in pocket ... senses bull rush up middle ....
escapes out of pocket for first down ... Solid athleticism and speed
1st - 8:35 - Tipped pass and INT
1st - 6:25 - Nice footwork and accuracy on short route to H-Back ... great
job of leading receiver with throw
1st - 4:37 - Smooth and looks like a natural
1st - 3:21 - PA rollout ... terrific touch and loft for TD over CB to RB
1st - 0:57 - I-form PA ... Ponder is a VERY quick decision maker, good mental clock ... fluid athlete ... great touch on pass over middle
2nd - 15:00 - Ponder continues to show great touch on passes and tremendous poise in pocket
2nd - 4:20 - Poised and calm in pocket ... nice footwork and shows smooth athleticism ... good job stepping out of pocket to get passing lane ... comfortable throwing on the run, but his spiral could be tighter
2nd - 3:50 - Elusive in pocket and avoids tackler ... solid job of getting throw
off and solid accuracy, but still has mediocre spiral
1st - 11:11 - Nice pop at POA ... good job pumping legs in block ... keeps
hands inside and controls (note: vs. 280 lb. DT) ... understood the angle
and drove with left shoulder to open hole
1st - 10:31 - Beats LB to spot ... good athleticism and quickness ...
oustanding job of using body to shield and use angle
1st - 9:54 - Extremely quick in getting to second level, light on his feet
1st - 9:14 - Gets MAULED on bull rush and can't stand his ground ... lacked
bulk to maintain balance and absorb rush
1st - 5:59 - Initially jarred at POA ... great hands and gets pancake
1st - 5:23 - smooth in getting to second level
2nd - 11:28 - Smoth in getting to 2nd level again ... great agility and light on feet ... nice knee bend
No way the Raiders draft two white players in the first three rounds. They use only Derek Carr out of 22 starters and began the year with a league-low 4 out of 53 white players on their roster. This is a long-term trend in Oakland, definitely along the lines of an anti-New England philosophy.
NFL combine will change things quite a bit. USED DRAFT-TEK rankings. Been trying to catch as many college games as possible ( they should update their rankings, IE Kaaya is ranked # 2 on the list , Trubisky is ranked out of the top 50 )
Will see teams reach at OT & QB.