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Ponder will get an eleventh-hour look from the Bengals


It’s no secret that the Cincinnati Bengals are in the market for a quarterback, no matter how many times owner Mike Brown says he hopes Carson Palmer will return.

Their search for a successor to Palmer includes, on Friday, a private workout with former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.  The workout will take place in Ponder’s hometown of Dallas.

Ponder previously has worked out in Tallahassee for the Vikings, Broncos, Eagles, Dolphins, Titans, and Patriots.  He has visited the Bills, Bengals, Titans, and (today) the Redskins.

Ponder falls in the second cut of quarterbacks, a five-man group consisting of Jake Locker, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Mallett, and Andy Dalton.  At this point, it’s anyone’s guess when and where they’ll land.

As to the top of the class, Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert, it’s hard to imagine either guy being available after the fifth pick.

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15 Responses to “Ponder will get an eleventh-hour look from the Bengals”
  1. stevincinci says: Apr 20, 2011 5:33 PM

    Take A.J Green in the first, Bengals. (Or Patrick Peterson) Either one would be a fine, I say fine, pick.

  2. thephantomstranger says: Apr 20, 2011 5:57 PM

    There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between any of these seven quarterbacks. I predict one will be really good, two will be solid starters, and the other four will be busts. Good luck figuring out which is which.

  3. hoppes1 says: Apr 20, 2011 6:01 PM

    Cam will be a bust!

  4. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 20, 2011 6:05 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Ponder ends up having the best career of the whole lot.

    If he avoids injuries, he has every tool in the toolbox.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Apr 20, 2011 6:12 PM

    Take him in the second but leave AJ Green for the Browns. Ponder would be a good pick for the Bengals and he probably won’t demand too high of a contract for Mike Browns shallow pockets.

  6. nowathand says: Apr 20, 2011 6:34 PM

    I wrote an article at NFL Gridiron Gab about how the Christian Ponder fits Leslie Frazier’s expectations for leadership.

    Now that we know May 17th is the earliest a CBA will be struck, if you plan on starting your rookie this season, he should be someone with good footwork, throwing motion a high IQ and from a pro offense.

  7. denverhighrize says: Apr 20, 2011 6:43 PM

    However one scout pondered the question “Has there ever been a quality QB named Christian?” Thankfully he doesn’t have red hair so he should be ok.

  8. davisjosh20 says: Apr 20, 2011 7:05 PM

    I’m a Seminole fan, so, this is a homer pick, but, out of every QB, he is the only one who has progressed through this process. From being injured, to being MVP of the Senior Bowl, to throwing the best at the combine, and his pro day. He also didn’t have the cookie cutter pro day like everyone else, none of his receivers were available, and he had to throw a little known guy by the name of Isaac Bruce. Heard of him? More of a pro style offense then the rest, and his medical checked out perfect. At first I was mad Gruden didn’t have him on his QB camp, but since he exposed those guys for the frauds they are, I’m glad Ponder wasn’t there. Although there isn’t any character issues, and no lack of knowledge when it comes to play calling. I just think too many people have overlooked him, and given the right circumstance, he has the best opportunity to succeed in the NFL.

  9. stevincinci says: Apr 20, 2011 8:02 PM

    DavisJosh, you convinced me. Hey Bengals, trade back into the first so you can get this guy. If not, I guess it’s going to be a battle between Jordan Palmer and Dan Lefevour for the starting gig.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 20, 2011 8:18 PM

    Ponder will end up the steal of the draft and probably the most “pro ready”. PLEASE Skins take him!

  11. whatswiththehate says: Apr 20, 2011 9:21 PM

    hoppes1 says:
    Apr 20, 2011 6:01 PM
    Cam will be a bust!
    You must be hard up for Cam. This write-up has not a damn thing to do with Cam but you felt the need to share your feelings about his future.

    You must be “busting” just seeing his name on the top, right? Oh well…

  12. samoanjungle says: Apr 20, 2011 10:49 PM

    He has the coolest name of this year’s QBs so, yeah pick him.

  13. ggeden says: Apr 21, 2011 12:21 AM

    Ricky Stanzi is being overlooked in this group of QBs.

  14. MikeHolmgren'sChins says: Apr 21, 2011 5:23 AM

    Locker, Ponder, and Gabbert look to be the best.

  15. oldbyrd says: Apr 21, 2011 4:12 PM

    Dosen’t 7 mean a crap shoot?

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