Player Profile: Christian Ponder

Written by Will Spencer on August 1, 2010

Christian Ponder


Position: QB School: Florida State
Height: 6’3" Weight: 227 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.85
All-Star Game: Team Captain: 2009

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:


Non-position specific categories



Max. Value


Height/Weight 6
Speed 8
Quickness/Agility 10
Strength/Explosion 10
Athletic Ability 8
Durability 8
Character 6
Production/Experience 6
Toughness 8
Potential 10


Quarterback Specific Categories



Max. Value


Decision Making 10
Arm Strength 7
Accuracy 10
Mechanics/Footwork 7
Mobility 6
Release Quickness 8


Explanation of Player Grading System


The Breakdown

Ponder is a part of what could be a very substantial quarterback class. Lucky for him, he has a chance to be right at the top of that list. A tough player and a strong leader in the huddle, Ponder is exactly what you look for in a field general. He’s also not the prototypical Florida State quarterback as he knows how to stand tall in the pocket and make the throws. However, that doesn’t mean Ponder can’t run with the ball. Ponder was having a strong 2009 campaign until a shoulder injury ended his season early. He’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder as all the experts talk about Jake Locker and Andrew Luck but Ponder has the physical skill set and mental makeup to compete with both of those guys. All signs indicate that Ponder will solidify himself as a first round draft pick by season’s end.



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Played in 1 game as a redshirt freshman. Became the full time starter in 2008, starting all 13 games. Started the first nine games of 2009 before suffering an injury.


Awards and Honors

2009: All-ACC honorable mention. ACC All-Academic team.



Graduated in 2.5 years with a degree in finance and is currently enrolled in a sports management graduate’s degree program.



Missed final four games of 2009 season after injuring his shoulder making a tackle against Clemson. The injury required surgery.


Athletic Experience

No other known athletic experience.



Father, David Ponder, played defensive tackle at Florida State.



Reportedly heavily involved in community service.


Career Stats
Year Comp Att % Yards TD INT Sacks Rush Yds Rush TD
2009 227 330 68.8 2717 14 7 15 179 2
2008 177 318 55.7 2006 14 13 19 423 4
2007 8 18 44.4 105 1 2 0 51 0


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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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