It is officially mock draft season! The 2022 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, with the first round kicking off on Thursday, April 28th. Of course, draft analysis, projections and rumors will be dominating the headlines until then. Among the players hoping to hear his name called early is quarterback Desmond Ridder out of Cincinnati.
The following is a complete Desmond Ridder NFL Draft profile, including stats, highlights and a mock projection.
Desmond Ridder NFL Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection
Weight: 211 lbs
College: Cincinnati Bearcats
Desmond Ridder Stats 2021 | Cincinnati
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Desmond Ridder Draft Profile
Desmond Ridder is a four-year starter for the Cincinnati Bearcats and has matured as a quarterback over the last two seasons. He is a field general that plays in rhythm and processes plays quickly. Ridder is generally accurate and can do some damage with his legs if needed, but he prefers to work within the pocket. Over his four seasons with Cincinnati, his mechanics and footwork have become automatic and clean.
Despite being a 6’3″ quarterback with great mechanics, the arm strength is lacking. Ridder will likely struggle to find receivers in tight windows and will have to improve on his deep ball to avoid opposing secondaries, specifically safeties, from making big plays. He is able to abandon the pocket if needed, but Ridder lacks elusiveness and that escapability many NFL quarterbacks exhibit.
Desmond Ridder Highlights
Desmond Ridder Draft Projection
Desmond Ridder is currently projected to be drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 20.
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