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Rodney Hudson +/-
|C||Round #2, Kansas City Chiefs (pick 55)|
Top offensive linemen: 1. Rodney Hudson, Florida State, 6-2, 299, 2, Hudson became the 11th player in ACC history to repeat as the Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner – given to the league’s best offensive lineman — as a senior. He has All-American credentials and dominated in the Seminoles’ wide-open offense because of his athleticism and quickness. He’s not tall or broad enough to play tackle long-term in the NFL and his experience at center might attract teams that operate a zone-based blocking scheme. He can play any of the three inside spots, where his shorter arms might give scouts pause despite consistent technique and much better power than most players his size.
– Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
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2010 GAME-BY-GAME DEFENSIVE STATS
Christian Ponder +/-
|QB||Round #1, Minnesota Vikings (pick 12)|
Ponder is smart enough to know what sets him apart from the other top quarterbacks in this draft class.
“What separates me from everyone else is my intelligence,” Ponder said in one of at least three references he made to his intelligence at the scouting combine.
And Ponder isn’t someone you want to debate with. He earned his degree in two-and-a-half years, earned his Master’s in finance and is working on his graduate degree in sports management. Clearly, an NFL team throwing millions of dollars at Ponder doesn’t have to worry about his study habits.
“Being able to comprehend everything that’s going on, and the way I prepare,” Ponder said of his strengths. “I watch a lot of film and I’m going to be the hardest worker on my team.”
He has one other significant advantage. An excellent athlete in his own right, Ponder also comes to the NFL following three years starting in Jimbo Fisher’s pro-style system for the Seminoles – rare experience among the top quarterbacks in this draft.
It all plays into an uber-confident demeanor bordering on cockiness that will resonate well with teams desperate for a leader in the huddle.
“I really think I’m the whole package at quarterback,” said Ponder. “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.”
All true. So, too, is a laundry list of injuries that dogged his final two years with the Seminoles.
Ponder suffered a Grade-3 separation of his throwing shoulder against Clemson and missed the final three games of 2009. A senior season that started out with plenty of Heisman hype was derailed by a concussion and a sore right elbow that affected his velocity in several games. It started with a hit against Miami that separated tissue between his skin and his muscle. Ponder only missed two games, but had his elbow drained weekly and ultimately underwent surgery to remove scar tissue.
His draft stock plummeted as a result, but perhaps no one has enjoyed a stronger pre-draft circuit than Ponder. He was the Senior Bowl MVP, had arguably the best throwing session at the combine and again proved his arm strength was back to full strength at Florida State’s pro day.
“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.”
He has been working out with Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert since the end of the season. Their friendly rivalry has extended off the field, and Ponder’s competitive nature comes out when asked who’s the better fisherman.
“I am. I caught twice as many fish as he did, so obviously it’s me,” he said with a wry smile.
Gabbert is expected to be selected in the top five, but Ponder knows there are plenty of opportunities to prove himself wherever he’s ultimately selected.
“This draft presents a great opportunity,” he said. “Me and my agent (Jimmy Sexton) were going through a list of all the teams that need a quarterback and it’s an extensive list. I know I’ll be given an opportunity and at the same time I’m going to take full advantage of it.”
Tavares Pressley Photo Gallery
Led the Garnet team in rushing with 40 yards on three carries in the spring game, including a 35-yard run.
2009: Appeared in six games and carried the ball nine times for 40 yards (4.4 ypc)…most extensive action came in FSU’s 54-28 win at No. 7 BYU when he carried seven times for 25 yards in his first appearance as a Seminole…also had carries against USF and Maryland.
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2010 GAME-BY-GAME DEFENSIVE STATS
Markus White +/-
|DE||Round #7, Washington Redskins (pick 224)|
No player on the roster entered the 2010 season with higher expectations and bigger shoes to fill … White will be asked to replace Everette Brown who dominated the ACC last year while racking up 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss … coaches believe White has the potential to fill the void left by Brown and be the next top defensive lineman to come out of Tallahassee … White is an explosive pass rusher with a never-ending motor … caused havoc all spring and showed what he is capable of in the annual Garnet & Gold Game where he recorded a sack, two tackles for loss, three unassisted tackles and caused a fumble … described by veteran defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews as `one of the most dedicated players’ on the team … named the most dependable defensive end following spring practice … also won the second effort award.
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