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NFL teams poke and prod Florida State’s Ponder

Christian Ponder AP

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder underwent at least three surgeries on his right (throwing) arm over the course of his final two years in college. A bursa sac in his elbow repeatedly burst late in the 2010 season, and he was unable to finish the Seminoles’ Chick-fil-A Bowl game against South Carolina.

NFL teams are taking Ponder’s injuries seriously.

According to Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Ponder revealed at the Scouting Combine Friday that he spent three hours under an MRI machine in Indianapolis.

Ponder, who also separated his throwing shoulder on a tackle attempt as a junior, left Florida State with a 22-12 record, 61.8 completion rate, and 49:30 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He was also the MVP of the Senior Bowl game.

Ponder is projected as a second-day pick in a deep class for quarterbacks.

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13 Responses to “NFL teams poke and prod Florida State’s Ponder”
  1. Darth Goodell says: Feb 25, 2011 9:05 PM

    Ponder would be an easy first-rounder if not for the injuries. As it is I could see him ending up like Chad Pennington — a guy with a weak/damaged arm who put together a respectable career with smarts and good work ethic.

  2. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Feb 25, 2011 9:52 PM

    Lets just hope he doesn’t develope the noodle arm that doesn’t get injured arm after every throw just like Pennington.

  3. mymorningstory says: Feb 25, 2011 10:13 PM

    Ponder is projected as a second-day pick in a deep class for quarterbacks.
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    really? I have to assume in order to have a deep QB class you have to have multiple QBs fighting over that 1st overall selection. Think of 2008: Josh Freeman, Matthew Stafford, and M sanchez. (That was a deep draft class)

  4. sdchargers25 says: Feb 25, 2011 10:16 PM

    LOL CHRISTIAN PONDER!!!??
    this is all a joke right?
    this guy is HORRIBLE
    Cam Newton= Future of the League
    GET USED TO IT HATERS!
    and anyone who puts thumbs down on this, need to face reality. and thats Cam Newton running the NFL. HATERS

  5. obxastronaut says: Feb 25, 2011 10:18 PM

    Play in the UFL as a starter Christian!

  6. bigdogg34 says: Feb 25, 2011 11:36 PM

    sdchargers25 says:
    Feb 25, 2011 10:16 PM
    LOL CHRISTIAN PONDER!!!??
    this is all a joke right?
    this guy is HORRIBLE
    Cam Newton= Future of the League
    GET USED TO IT HATERS!
    and anyone who puts thumbs down on this, need to face reality. and thats Cam Newton running the NFL. HATERS
    ———————————————————

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  7. cytofed says: Feb 26, 2011 12:07 AM

    This guy remind me of a young drew breEs coming out of college

  8. sdchargers25 says: Feb 26, 2011 12:19 AM

    @bigdogg34

    I know. Truth Hurts.
    Cam is the big dogg, and he will tear through ur teams weak D.
    Dont lose too much sleep over it.

  9. genericcommenter says: Feb 26, 2011 1:20 AM

    Deep isn’t necesarily the same as Wide or front-loaded. I think of the draft being “deep” in the same way that teams are deep. It doesn’t mean you have a lot of studs stacked on top, but you have “depth” at each position, quality players/backups. I think a deep QB draft means that you will still be able to find some decent players in later rounds. You could have 3-4 great 1st round QBs, but if there is none worth drafting after Round 1, the draft is not deep in any sense of the word. A deep class means a team can find value late in the draft, maybe find some legit players on the last day.

  10. lostsok says: Feb 26, 2011 1:21 AM

    I’m not sure I’d call this QB class “deep” so must as “wide.” There’s a lot of guys, but the talent level is almost flat. Gabbert has the LEAST FLAWS, and is a defacto first rounder as a result. Otherwise, every other QB in this class has serious bust potential.

  11. slickster35 says: Feb 26, 2011 5:17 AM

    I’ve never seen anything from Ponder to lead me to believe he’ll be an NFL caliber QB.

  12. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Feb 26, 2011 8:07 AM

    sdchargers25 says: Feb 25, 2011 10:16 PM

    LOL CHRISTIAN PONDER!!!??
    this is all a joke right?
    this guy is HORRIBLE
    Cam Newton= Future of the League
    GET USED TO IT HATERS!
    and anyone who puts thumbs down on this, need to face reality. and thats Cam Newton running the NFL. HATERS

    —————————-

    You got the money to buy that crack by working the bathrooms at Balboa Park…

  13. sdchargers25 says: Feb 26, 2011 7:54 PM

    @pftequalsgreatjournalism…

    umm … good one….

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