QB Christian Ponder met with Redskins officials this week

League sources told Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post that former Florida State University quarterback Christian Ponder visited Redskins Park on Tuesday, April 19th & Wednesday, April 20th.

According to Wilson:

The Senior Bowl Most Valuable Player is regarded as a rising draft prospect who should be in demand at the end of the first round or early second round. Ponder had a crisp throwing session at the NFL scouting combine.

“Being able to comprehend everything that’s going on, and the way I prepare,” Ponder said at the combine. “I watch a lot of film and I’m going to be the hardest worker on my team. I really think I’m the whole package at quarterback.

“I have great accuracy and can make all the throws. Intelligence is a huge advantage for me, being able to comprehend offenses and defenses. We ran a complex offense at Florida State and I think it will carry over well to the NFL. I’m athletic enough to move in the pocket and make plays with my feet.”

“I obviously dealt with a lot of issues with my forearm and everything, so I’m healthy and taking advantage of the opportunities,” he said. “Getting back healthy and having a great week and a great game at the Senior Bowl spring boarded me into the combine.”

A three-year starter, Ponder passed for 2,083 yards, 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season. He also rushed for four touchdowns.

For his career, he had 6,866 passing yards, 49 touchdowns and completed 62 percent of his throws.

Ponder was linked to the Redskins in a report last week by CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco, who indicated that he could be a target for the Redskins, should they trade down in the first round.
While Ponder has been “graded” as a second round by many scouting services and projected to in that round by many mock drafts, the demand for quarterbacks in this year’s draft could cause him to rise into the bottom half of the first round.

The Redskins have done little to deny their interest in trading back from their current position – 10th overall in the first round – in order to acquire more draft picks. As of right now, they are without a 3rd and 4th round pick, as a result of the Jammal Brown and Donovan McNabb acquisitions.

Ponder may be the most NFL ready of all the “top” quarterback prospects in this year’s draft, playing in a “pro-style” offense at Florida State. He didn’t play in a spread offense there, so thus making him more used to reading defenses while dropping back from under Center.

He has the requisite combination of arm strength and mobility that the Shanahan’s would theoretically covet in a potential franchise quarterback, and was highly respected by his teammates at Florida State because of his toughness and ability to play through pain.


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