Was it a reach? Sure. Is he going to be John David Booty? No. Not even close. Obvious bias coming from a guy who loves Florida State as much as the Vikings, but it also gives me some insight too. I read on another post that he "struggled to keep his job" in college. That's just flat out wrong, obviously injuries deterred his career a bit, but when he was healthy, there was never a question as to who was going to start on game day.
The kid can ball. Remember, was a darkhorse heisman candidate coming off his junior year, depending on who you asked. The five clips they play repeatedly on ESPN do not do justice to his capabilities. He had the fastest shuttle run on the team for 3 years running. I watched him play in the pouring rain in Miami, through pain against Clemson, he is tough. I was never worried when the ball was in his hands and the 'Noles were down. He has definetly made questionable passes in his career a few times, but who hasn't.
Also, being a 'Nole fan, I have watched plenty of drab ACC football over the years, and I'll tell you straight up, he was defientely better than Matt Ryan was in his collegiate career. Is that going to be replicated in the pros? I am by no means making that claim, but just something to think about.
Had Ponder come out his junior year for the draft, he would've easily been a first rounder, and no one would've considered it as outrageous as some seem to think it is now. Vikings weren't going to get him in the 2nd round, despite what seems to be popular belief in these parts. Buffalo would've taken him, and that would've left us to pick between the likes of Mallet and Kaepernick, both of which I would've been a hell of a lot more disappointed with. Just because Mallet can fling a ball 8 million yards doesnt mean he's going to be good, and Kaepernick, while I cannot speak with authority on him, he played in a wafer-thin conference, and I would be surprised if he surpassed any of the QBs taken in the 1st in success.