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NFL Draft 2011: Christian Ponder Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.

Strengths: Ponder is an above average athlete with an accurate arm. He is good at making plays with his feet, although I wouldn't call him fast, and he is good at making decisions and throwing when on the run.

Weaknesses: Ponder might not have the strongest arm, and he didn't dominate against College competition.

Redskins Fit: I think Ponder would be an excellent fit for the Redskins as a developmental quarterback. As I said up top, he has the kind of mobility that Mike Shanahan like to have in his quarterbacks, and an accurate enough arm to be a successful NFL quarterback.

Where He Will Be Drafted: Unfortunately, I can't really envision a scenario where the Redskins would have a shot at him. At this point I think he would be too much of a reach for the Redskins at No. 10, and I don't see him still being on the board when they pick in the second round. I think he will be taken somewhere in the late first round by a team trading back into the first round specifically for him. I don't believe the Redskins have the ammunition to make a trade like that happen.