Representatives from 28 different teams were on hand for Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder’s pro day on Thursday, including Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis and new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who will install the West Coast offense this season.
Ponder reportedly threw well and continues to move up the draft board, potentially moving up to the end of the first round One of his targets during the throwing session was retired receiver Isaac Bruce, who shares the same agent as Ponder, Memphis-based Jimmy Sexton.
Ponder said he will hold private workouts for nine teams, but did not disclose who those teams are.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network was on hand for the workout and talks about Ponder in this video link. He also previews Missouri quarterback Blain Gabbert’s pro day, which is today.
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Also, Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange provides a nice rundown of what to expect from Gabbert’s pro day and who he will throw to.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen got his hands on Wonderlic scores for this year’s QB draft class. According to the report, Alabama’s Greg McElroy came in at 43 out of 50, while Blaine Gabbert scored a 42, Christian Ponder 35, Ricky Stanzi 30, Adam Dalton 29, Ryan Mallet 26, Cam Newton 21 and Jake Locker 20.
For some perspective, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees each scored 28., while John Elway clocked in at 29 and Dan Marino and Jim Kelly each scored a 15, according to Mortensen.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com writes that Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liguet was impressive during his pro day on Wednesday.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post provides an update on the courtroom battle between the NFLPA and the owners, saying to expect a decision on the April 6 hearing for a preliminary injunction filed by the players within a week or two after that date.
Former NFL Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira takes a look at some rule changes the league’s competition committee will consider, including moving kickoffs up from the 30 to the 35-yard line and touchbacks to the 25 in the name of player safety.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Arizona Cardinals are cutting coaches and front-office staff salaries by 35 percent during the lockout.