After carefully evaluating all the QB prospects entering the draft, I think I have found the perfect fit for this team, and Jim Harbaughs offense. He's a guy that has been casually mentioned here and there, and I think we would be reluctant to pass up on him. Christian Ponder, FSU.
I think out of all the QBs coming out this year, he looks like he will be the best pure passer. None of the projected first round quarterbacks are worthy of a top 10 pick, let alone our number 7. The most important part of evaluating a quarterback is what he does from the snap to the release, and everything in between.
-First step into your drop back.
-Scanning the field/matchups during the drop back and NOT after dropping back.
-Clean plant at the back end of your dropback (not bouncing too much)
-Step up to buy more time if necessary.
I think the biggest upside to Ponder is that he is almost mechanically flawless, which is the most important foundation. Everything else can be taught. Ponder excels because of his smoothe mechanics, not to mention he's a natural leader, smart, and deceivingly athletic. As far as judging alex smith, I knew from day one he wouldn't pan out because he just didn't have the solid mechanics to play the position at the pro level, but lets not get too off topic.
I was watching old Montana playoff games (God I wish we had him back) and I think Ponder has alot of the same qualities that a young Joe did. Similar size, accurate, enough arm strength and scrambling ability to get the job done, great awareness, pocket presence. If we want the west coast offense back in SF, which obviously Harbaugh is bringing, I think the perfect man for the job is Christian Ponder. He should be available in the second round, we should definitely make a push for him.
Coach Harbaugh will be scouting players at the senior bowl soon, Ponder will be there.
[ Edited by DaveTheShocker on Jan 20, 2011 at 1:10 PM ]