Vikings QB Christian Ponder (6-foot-2, 229 pounds) puzzled scouts somewhat as a rookie because he didn't ascend after an encouraging first start.
But he showed enough athleticism, arm strength and talent for extending plays with his legs to strengthen the Vikings' belief in him as the quarterback of the future. Harnessing his mobility, trusting his progressions and not aiming the ball will be areas of emphasis for Ponder in Year 2, and upgrades to the line and perimeter group should help.
Patience is a virtue at that position. He already has been named the starter over Joe Webb (6-4, 220), the athletic freak who is working exclusively at quarterback for the first time. He has a knack for making things happen once the play breaks down and probably end up getting time somewhere on the field when the real games begin.