At 6'3", 227 pounds, Christian Ponder has the build of a pro quarterback. He's played college football at Florida State University, and it doesn't seem to be hard to imagine him wearing teal in the near future. This guy has it all. He can put a lot of zip on the short passes, and he's known for sound mechanics and great accuracy. He gets to the back of his drop quickly and gets the ball out of his hands. Oh yeah, did I mention he's a fan favorite?
Ponder, unlike Tebow, is considered pro-ready. He could work wonders for the Jaguars PR department. If the Jaguars were to draft him, he would instantly become the face of Jaguars football (okay, maybe second only to MJD). Ponder can play too. He threw for 20 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions en route to over 2000 yards last season.
That being said, there are concerns with Ponder. His deep ball has a tendency to hang in the air, especially on deep corner routes. There are also serious injury concerns. Matthew Stafford is a prime example of great talent that can't stay healthy. On top of that, you have to consider what drafting Ponder would do to the current quarterback situation in Jacksonville. As it stands, it is assumed that David Garrard will be the starter next season, but if Ponder is on the bench, I have to wonder if the fans will have the patience to wait a whole year while watching Garrard run the offense. There's no doubt the coaches would give Garrard a shorter leash than he had with such backups as Todd Bauman and Trent Edwards, but coaches have to play the players that give the team the best chance to win games.
Whatever the situation may be after day one of the draft, we can be assured of two things. GM Gene and company will do their due diligence, and the Jacksonville Jaguars will have "the man."