I think if Miami wants a QB, they will have to take one in the 1st round. They can trade down later into the 1st round and still get Ryan Mallett or Christian Ponder, but you will not get neither kid midway thru the 2nd round.
Teams in the 1st round in the 1-12 that did not take a QB in the 1st round will look to take a QB early in the 2nd round or trade back into the later portion of the 1st round.
I will have my next mock out this coming Sunday.
I like the idea of taking Mallett in the 1st, he's my top quarterback prospect in this years draft. While I too have read that many think he'll fall due to character issues, I think that he'll be taken much higher than anticipated due to this being a year where many teams are searching for quarterbacks and the talent is top heavy this year. My opinion is that there is two or three true first round talents and that the rest are pretty big projects. Ponder is someone who I like as well, however, I think he's only worthy of a 2nd round pick. He's the kind of guy that could really accel if given the opportunity to sit for two or three years, learn the system, and then take over from a veteran. Unfortunately he won't have that opportunity in Miami. Whoever we draft must be ready to play in their rookie season because odds are that the fans/coaches will be riding Henne pretty hard this year. If he does anything less than shock and awe the fans will be calling for his head. My personal opinion is that only Mallett and Gabbert are ready to go year one. I'm just not sold on Ponder as a 1st round talent. If he's our best choice in round one then I say pass.
Ponder will not have to sit for that period of time, as he also played in a pro style system while at FSU. Christian is tremendously bright, having graduated in 2 1/2 years.
He tough, athletic & smart and reminds me a lot of Chad Pennington. Ryan Mallett has a special arm, and that is the one thing Ponder does not have. But as far a pocket prescence, awarness and foot work, Ponder is better. If Miami does want to be a more vertical team, than Mallett has an advantage.
I would be happy with either kid.