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What Are The Pundits Saying About Ponder?

Posted by cjsiewert on April 29, 2011 – 8:31 am

Now that we’ve had a night to soak in all of yesterday’s 1st-round selections, let’s take a look at what draft pundits around the web are saying about the Vikings 12th overall pick, Florida State QB Christian Ponder.

ESPN.com – Todd McShay
“If he can stay healthy, which was a problem last year, you have quarterback that’s ready to play now, has great football intelligence and is a throw-back type of quarterback. He’s tough, he will get out of the pocket and make some throws on the run and he can be very accurate throwing short to intermediate. He doesn’t have the great arm strength but they don’t need that in this West Coast-style offense.”

ESPN.com (NFC North Blog) – Kevin Seifert
“So what are they getting in Ponder? It won’t be the mobility of Cam Newton or Locker, and Ponder isn’t as smooth of a passer as Gabbert. But the Vikings undoubtedly got one of the smartest quarterbacks in the draft, one who scored a 37 on his Wonderlic test and who graduated from Florida State in 2 1/2 years. He completed his MBA in May 2010 and spent last season working on a second graduate degree in sports management.”

NFL.com – Mike Mayock
“(VP of player personnel) Rick Spielman is tied at the hip with this young quarterback. Man, he’s betting an awful lot on a kid that most thought would go between 25 and 40.”

CBSsports.com – Pete Prisco
“I love this pick. I think he will be the best in this class. Smart. Tough. Sees the field. Great move, Vikings.”

NationalFootballPost.com – Matt Bowen
“I do see Ponder developing into a starting QB in this league; however, there was plenty of defensive line talent (Fairley, Quinn, Kerrigan, Jordan, etc.) sitting by the phone at No.12.”

ProFootballWeekly.com – Nolan Nawrocki
“Rick Spielman and coach Leslie Frazier desperately needed a new franchise quarterback with Brett Favre moving on. Ponder is a great fit for Bill Musgrave’s West Coast offense. A strong Senior Bowl and pro-day workouts elevated his draft stock. The biggest challenge for Ponder could be staying healthy, having been snake bitten by injuries in college.”

SI.com – Peter King
“Christian Ponder is, quite simply, the classic example of a quarterback who was overpicked in the first round, the way we’d heard so many of them would be. But the Vikings obviously figured they liked Locker and Ponder, and they couldn’t trade down to gather currency in rounds two or three. So they sat at 12 and picked a developmental quarterback they felt they had to have.”

And as for Mr. Ponder himself – @cponder7: “It’s great to be a MINNESOTA VIKING!!!!!!!!”


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59 Responses to “What Are The Pundits Saying About Ponder?”

  1. By JOSH on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    AND I SAY:

    THIS KIDS GOING TO ROCK

    STATS AND HIS LOVE FOR THE GAME EXPLAINS IT ALL.

    GREAT PICK

    SCORES AN A FROM BE.

  2. By jake on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    couldn’t agree more Josh. Watch film on the kid play and naysayers opinions should sway

  3. By Lee on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Pounder will Pound the NFC North and bring us to the Superbowl, if he does get injured we still got Joe Webb! SKOL!!

  4. By Majkowski on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    He’ll look great in a Queens uniform under a pile of Packers. Maybe he’ll get lucky and Fred Smoot will take him on a boat ride.

  5. By viking4life on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    What do the experts mean by not having great arm strength? the clips I’ve watched seems like he canons it down the field a lot. I’m just hoping he is not a brad johnson, the guy couldn’t throw anything more than 5 yards. I’m hoping ponder will pick up where he left off.

  6. By viking4life on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’m hoping the vikings will throw away the west coast east coast system and play to the qb’s strength tired of watching the vikings throw short routes getting nowhere. Its a league of big plays score fast and play good defense quit playing the chilly clueless offense I want to saw his head off after he made us lose a 3rd rounder.

  7. By Carl on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    The vikes have turned back the clock to 2006 and now have another QB they must develop. They should have traded down.

  8. By SD Viking Fan on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder does have some up-side if he can stay healthy. However, that is what they said about AP and his knee when the Vikings drafted him and that seemed to work out OK………. But to have Defensive linemen the likes of Fairley, Quinn and Pouncy still on the the board must have been a BIG pill to swallow when it came time to turn in their pick.

  9. By purplehorn on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @ SDViking You mean AP’s collarbone. The Vikings made the right call if you really think about their position in the draft. Ponder would have been gone early in the second round, if not right after we picked in the first. I think Seattle coveted Ponder. Give this kid some time to develop and try to bring in a veteran like McNabb or possibly Palmer. The Vikings need to build over the next two years, they have two years needs, but they might fill some in the fifth round. I’ve always liked that round for very good ballplayers. I would even look at McElroy in the fifth. QB is the focus this year for this team.

  10. By desmond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Seriously we need OL to protect our QBs. Joe Webb and his mobility makes more sense .Ponder brings accuracy but only as long as he can stay upright. Ponder that…..GO VIKES

  11. By viking joe on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I Think the Pick was a good pick,developement time will tell ,watch some clips the kids got a lot talaent,behind or ahead of joe webb 2011 season will be great beleive in the coaches , players !! skol viks….

  12. By FSU FAN on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    As someone whose followed Ponder’s career you are getting a all around great guy. Tough, smart, he can move in the pocket. He’s a great team captain and loves the sport. Just keep him healthy and I think you’ve got yourself a great pick.

  13. By tom mcgrath on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    vikings should have taken de @ number 12, then taken mallet in 2 or 3 round

  14. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    We should get safety rahim moore or quinton carter today or get an offensive lineman, I would trade down and get more picks if they have any takers.

  15. By Nate on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah lets take erasmus james, and udeze all over again

  16. By Vikoholic on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    There is a lot left on the board. I’d like to move back a few spots in the 2nd and see if we can get a 3rd or another 4th.
    Worth looking at:
    -Stephen Paea (DT)
    -Allen Bailey (DE)
    -Orlando Franklin (OT)
    -Rahim Moore, Ahmad Black, Quinton Carter (S)
    -Brandon Harris, Aaron Williams (CB)
    -Akeem Ayers (LB)
    -Titus Young (WR)

  17. By Vikoholic on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    They need 3 QBs on the roster. Ponder and Webb have completely different skill sets. A veteran QB would also add an additional/different dimension. We may need this type of mix to give a variety of options, spread the risk, and see what develops. There’s no easy solution here. Let’s give them a chance to figure it out. GO VIKES!

  18. By xvike on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    i think one thing you have to consider also is that ponder did have an so so senior year but played with an injury much like locker did. I think what the vikings really liked was the fact that he was able to play very well after recovering from his injury which showed that he is the good player that he was the season b4 and that the injury he sustained did not leave any after affects to his game. I really figured they would take either locker in the first or ponder in the second but i think that there were probably at least 2 other teams who wanted ponder to fly under the radar so they could trade down and get additional picks and still pick up ponder.(washington to name one) Now that i understand, if ponder was my guy, i probably would’ve done the same. If they had traded down and missed ponder, they would’ve drafted a guy they didn’t like or they would’ve ended up with no qb at all. And mallet is not the answer. The guy is a giant sitting target who needs 4-5 seconds to make a good decision. All that he has going for him is his cannon arm and that’s it. No other qualities. I said all along that if the vikings didn’t pull the trigger on a qb in the first, they wouldn’t get one at all. A good one that is.

  19. By inspired on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder was considered by many the most NFL ready QB of this draft class. The only problem people had with him was Arm strength and he was injury prone.

    I think those “problems” are exaggerated. One of his injuries happened when he threw an int and tackled the guy! He played throughout 2010 with an injury!

    If he can get his college degree in 2.5 years, I am guessing he can pick up on the Vikings playbook in a short time. Not only that, he has been playing in a similar system as the Vikings run in college.

    This was a great pick. He is a great leader that will fit right into the Vikings scheme.

  20. By knight123 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    vikoholic if the lockout continues too long they have to get a veteran, but no matter
    what, that player has to learn a new system also.3 Qb’s and Ponder can still come out on top but I see a rocky start. Orlando Franklin is on the Vikes radar, he plays
    with a mean streak, lets hope!

  21. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Mayock

  22. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Mayock sounds like a 3rd grader sometimes, especially when he is talking about quarterbacks.

  23. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    You have to be intelligent to work for a big tv network like he does.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    so mean

  25. By NewEra on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome to the new era we have a new face of the franchise, lets hope ponder succeeds we all know he is smart and accurate its kind of hard to see him not work out with those traits. Vikings staff needs to develop him and let him shine no point of drafting a qb in the first round and hiding his talents on the sidelines. The biggest weakness is our staff they like the shelf qb’s what do they learn just watching they need to get in the game make mistakes and will grow from them.

  26. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I do not mean to step on anyone’s toes. If I have, I apologize ! ! !

  27. By NewEra on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Mayock knows his stuff you can’t touch him and kiper as far as evaluating the nfl they know there stuff are they always right … no .. but who is.

  28. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    :) :) :) :) :)

  29. By Nick on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    We got Ponder now for Paea in the second then Ryan Bartholomew = great draft!

  30. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @NewEra,

    I’ll have to admit that I haven’t heard Mike M. much. But the times I have, he has hyped the qb position. It’s way over done in America anyway.

  31. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @Nick,

    Ryan Bartholomew might be under rated. He seems like the kind of guy you would want on your team because of his work ethic.

  32. By Frederick Jones on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @inspired,

    Thank you for your input. It’s possible that Ponder’s arm may get stronger.

    Now I wish we could draft a great offensive lineman.

    Yet we are needy in so many other places ! ! !

  33. By Parody on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred – With this young QB, I think you’re right. The second round is the time to get an interrior lineman. We just moved the entire bank account into this kid. We’d better make sure to strengthen the walls to protect our investment.

  34. By Parody on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’d hate to see something like what Detroit’s had with Stafford. So much promise in their #1 pick, but they’ve had to stick it out through 2-years of injuries now in hopes of seeing if he was worth it. I’d prefer to start seeing a return on investment in the first year…one way or another.

  35. By Brad on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    No freaken way. Five years from now, every Viking fan will be asking why we passed on Ryan Kerrigan.

  36. By Pete on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Best QB in this draft. With high intelligence he can be a mix of Tom Brady and Payton Manning.

    Just give him 3 years. Takes time to develop the position to the speed of the NFL.

  37. By Dennis on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    The vikings will be lucky to go 500 this year. What better time to develop a young quarterback and find some offense line help. You do know that the team is currently in the basement…right? It will take time to climb out of the hole they are in. I’ve been waiting for more than 40 years and every time they start to climb out, they slide right back in. I still believe the Metro dome is built on an old Indian burial ground. I was once young and filled with hope for this team just like you. Don’t worry, you will grow out of it!

  38. By Circa61 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Classic panic pick. Ponder sounds like great kid, smart, good looking great! But we’re not selling blue jeans here! We need footbal players, not fashion or role models. If you really couldn’t trade down (Vikings never do) take the best player available. Anyone who has any success has always stated this as the #1 rule. Ponder was late 2nd early 3rd rounder at best.

    Clay Matthews, Ndumunkon Suh, Nick Fairly, Julius Peppers and others will eat this kid alive.

  39. By Bob on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    In round two I think we should do one of the following:
    draft Rahim Moore or Aaron Williams
    trade down to get a 3rd round pick

  40. By Bob on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Just watch this guy become the next Tom Brady.

  41. By Jim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    The lions are not eating anyone alive anytime soon they have a huge problem of there own and one of it being the qb position also stafford is always injured, the defense is nothing that the vikings will fear. The willliams wall is still a roadblock and jared is still going to maul people.

  42. By Ekolu on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is built to go right now. He has a high football IQ, he is tough, he is accurate and if the Vikings can let him sit a couple years, he’ll be fine. There is no exact science to drafting players and drafting a QB is even harder, but I rwally believe Musgrave knows a starting QB when he sees one.

  43. By Jim on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I can always picture the lions struggling nomatter who they draft its almost a habit of thinking, my point is fairley will be nothing more than a regular lions high draft pick which is almost every year there defense remains the same vikings don’t fear the lions the lions have to fear the vikings, also for the cubs we are not afraid of the bears so don’t bring up peppers our team has too much talent to be scared of any team.

  44. By David on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone that thinks Joe Webb can progress into a QB is smoking some good stuff.

    Can’t really form an opinion on Ponder, smart kid if he has the desire he should be a solid QB. But I would still love if the Vikings went after Palmer very agressively.

  45. By Rocksalt on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    so many needs, so little time…..

  46. By Desmond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    The season is over!!!! we should have got Fairly and a QB Mallet in the second round. we still need a safety and CB

  47. By Desmond on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    The season is over!!!! we should have got Fairly and a QB Mallet in the second round. we still need a safety and CB PLEASE PLEASE PICK A DB

  48. By purple blood in DC on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Some of you dudes who proclaim to be viking fans are really getting on my nerves, with all your dumb assss criticizing scheptic finger pointing woe is me thinking either your with it all in or just get the flock off and go be a slacker, bare or crion fan! we all have to crawl before we run! I LOVE THIS TEAM ! I LOVE THIS NEW STAFF ! I LOVE THIS PICK ! AND EQUALLY I LOVE THIS GAME !!!!!!!!!! GO VIKINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . P.S. SLACKER FAN , CRION AND BARE FANS KISSSSSS ALL VIKINGS FANS ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  49. By purple08 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    What about T-Jack? He should be our starter. He is way better than Favre ever was! Go T-Jack!

  50. By AM on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    You had me at 37 on his Wonderlic test and graduating from Florida State in 2.5 years….Skol Ponder and welcome to Minnesota!

  51. By john the Fierce on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Man you Vikings fans are a bunch of fair weather bandwagon jumpers. You don’t
    think the Vikings may have spent a few hours checking things out with Ponder? Give the kid a chance, a big name doesn’t always mean a great NFL quarterback and there’s a lot of folks who’ve done quite well in the league who didn’t have draft day flash and dazzle. The team needed a QB, big time, and now they may have someone to build with.

  52. By Bornagain1 on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder will be more like Montana than Brady. If he gets O line help and a little time to develope. Do not be surprised if he is our opening day starter.

  53. By rino on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    What a shocker thought i didnt see it coming but love the pick i think he will be great only time will tell was hoping for dalton but ponder was my second choice. Just wish nfl would lift the lock out or at least allow free agency. players can be sign but not get paid till the lockout is over so they at least know where they will play. Rino for commish

  54. By koehler28 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    ponder is not injury prone the only serious injury was a seperated shoulder he never had an elbow injury last year at fsu it was his forearm that had flid build up and it was sugicaly repaired in the off season all minor injurys as far as the west coast offense why would we get rid of that umm very close to what they ran at fsu

  55. By koehler28 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    oops ment fluid

  56. By CA Norwegian on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Great Pick!!!!!! Last season we let many victories slip through our hands… I thought the D was great until the Pats game… We asked them to spend too much time out there, instead of concentrating on first downs and ball control.. Now we have a ball control QB in training and our D will be m uch better for it. Especialluy If there is a longer season. You will see, this guy will shine, and so will the Vikes. Look at the double TE sets we can pass from now!!! We have a Basketball player at TE. Anybody hear of Antonio Gates? Double TE sets will give protection a chance to work without losing much on the pass game. Our Oline and D will gain much from this pick if we can keep our guys from leaving. Ir is still the same Edwards who dismantled Romo in the playoffs, etc. We wiill look more like the 09 team, if we can keep our guys.

  57. By CA Norwegian on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    He’s Smart! So smart he will show up to training camp!

  58. By mojo on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    well obviusley our west coast offense did not work last year with our lazy lime man and they say ponders arm itsnt strong enough for the west coast offense but last year we had a qb with a arm and it didnt work so i think the vikings will be ok if our blokers do what they are paid for

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