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Florida State Pro Day: Christian Ponder, Rodney Hudson Continue to Impress

Florida State’s Pro Day is nearly a must see annual event and this year was no different but with a much smaller sample size of players. Every NFL team was represented on Wednesday in Tallahassee to take a look at former ‘Nole QB Christian Ponder, OG Rodney Hudson and a few other players who may not be drafted but will land on NFL rosters.

Ponder, who weighed in at 229lbs, threw to former St. Louis Rams great Isaac Bruce (they share the same agent in Jimmy Sexton) and looked very sharp. He chose not to run the 40 yard dash but showed his incredible agility registering the fastest 3 cone drill at 6.85 seconds and 20 yard short shuttle at 4.09.  He showed tremendous zip on his throws and clearly impressed the group of scouts.  Ponder mentioned that he would have private workouts with as many as ninie teams but did not mention them by name.

Hudson, weighing in at 299lbs which is incredible considering he played at 282 this season, participated in the bench, vertical and long jump showing better than average athleticism with a nearly 30 inch vertical jump. While he won’t win any beauty pageants, he is absolutely rock solid and some have even gone as far as saying that he could be a better Center prospect than guard. At Florida State, Hudson allowed 1.5 sacks and was called for one penalty in 34 career starts.

An intriguing prospect is DE Markus White who ran a 4.84 in the 40 yard dash and rung up a 32.5" vertical jump. White came from Butler (Kansas) Community College and had a breakout season in 2010 with 58 tackles and 8 sacks. He is another ‘Nole who absolutely packed on weight in the last 3 months as he weighed in at 266lbs. White played at around 250lbs in 2010.

The ‘Noles workout warrior definitely goes to LB Mister Alexander. He put up eye popping numbers: 4.63 in the 40 yard dash, 34" vertical jump, 10’3" in the broad jump and 4.25 in the 20 yard short shuttle. All this for Mister at 242lbs. He will be a guy who is not likely drafted but will make some GM look very smart from adding him via free agency.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.