Name: Desmond Ridder Position: Quarterback
College: Cincinnati Uniform Number: #9
Class: Senior Height: 6-4
Weight: 215 lbs Projected Round: Late 1st - 2nd round
Ideal size and frame for a quarterback
Good at making off-platform throws
Excellent leadership qualities
Improved poise in the pocket
Very experience - 49 career starts with Cincinnati
Strong arm - good velocity on short and intermediate-area throws
Elusive - can make defenders miss when running with the football
Tough and durable
Improved deep-ball accuracy
Ridder struggles to push the ball downfield, as he seemingly relies on short-area throws. Part of the reason for this is his inability to consistently view his options while going through his progressions; he will often make just one read before throwing the ball, making him somewhat predictable to opposing defenses.
His struggles with throwing mechanics have led to inconsistencies with his ball placement on intermediate-area throws.
Pocket awareness for Ridder requires serious attention. Improvement is needed in sensing where the pressure is coming from, and stepping up in the pocket to avoid take unnecessary sacks.