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2022 NFL Draft Profile: Desmond Ridder

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati Bearcats, 2022 NFL Draft

All Ridder did at Cincinnati was put up big numbers and win a bunch of games

When it comes to quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft, no one won as many games as Desmond Ridder. But his team success at Cincinnati somewhat overshadows the numbers Ridder himself put up in his four years as the starter, both as a passer and runner. Now, Ridder will get the opportunity to showcase those skills and do just what he did as a Bearcat.

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Desmond Ridder Draft Profile

College: Cincinnati
Class: Sr.
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 215

Strong Points

A big, athletic passer, Ridder has light feet and moves well in the pocket, with the ability to escape and make second-reaction plays. He can also be used on designed runs, with the size to handle the punishment as a runner. He has good arm talent; he’ll deliver the ball with velocity from a muddy pocket, including when he’s forced to drift back. He showed good processing speed at the college level, with an efficient release and the timing and feel to throw receivers open.

Weak Points

Accuracy and ball placement are frequently issues, even when he knows where he’s going with the ball. He’s streaky at best, and he will too often fire an off-target throw. He’s much more comfortable throwing to his right than his left.

Summary

Ridder needs to sharpen his ball placement. But he’s an intriguing risk/reward pick, with the ceiling of a quality starter.

Final Grade: 2nd/3rd Round

YearGWLYDSYPAPCTTDSINTR-YDSTDS

2018

13

11

2

2,445

7.9

62.4

20

5

572

5

2019

13

11

2

2,164

6.7

55.1

18

9

650

5

2020

10

9

1

2,296

8.2

66.2

19

6

592

12

2021

14

13

1

3,334

8.6

64.9

30

8

365

6

Career

50

44

6

10,239

7.9

62.1

87

28

2,179

28

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