10 observations on National grades

1. Get ready for the QB debate.
Washington’s Jake Locker and Florida State’s Christian Ponder are tied for the top rating among senior quarterbacks, but they present very different packages to the NFL. Locker stands out for his physical skills, a strong arm and running ability. Ponder has been called more NFL ready despite not possessing prototypical size.
Locker showed under coach Steve Sarkisian that he can be more of a passer and that he doesn’t have to take off as often. The NFL has shown little interest in running quarterbacks at the top of the first round, so Locker will have to keep developing in the pocket to be a top-10 pick. Even though his numbers improved last season (21 TDs, 11 INTs, 58.0 completion percentage), he’s not there yet.

SI.com
7/14/10