Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, a fan favorite projected as the team's second round selection during the 2011 NFL Draft, visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. During three seasons as the Seminoles starting quarterback, Ponder posted 48 touchdowns, 28 interceptions, a completion rate of 62% and 6,767 yards passing.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden attended Ponder's Pro Day in March with Gruden praising the quarterback as a great competitor with rare leadership intangibles.
ESPN'S DraftTracker ranks Ponder as the fifth-best quarterback prospect in this year's NFL Draft, also praising his intangibles, leadership and toughness while giving him an above average score in accuracy. His intelligence, decision-making, release and arm strength grade as average with durability being the biggest concern.
Durability is a significant concern. Lacks ideal size and has had trouble staying healthy. Missed final four games in 2009 due to right shoulder injury. In 2010, he suffered a triceps contusion versus Oklahoma and re-aggravated it versus BYU. Then he suffered a ruptured right bursa sac against Boston College. Did not play versus Clemson. Had it drained following the Florida game and did not play in ACC championship vs. Virginia Tech. Underwent two procedures in December. Also suffered a concussion vs. South Carolina in Chick-fil-A Bowl.