2022 NFL Draft Prospect - QB Desmond Ridder


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Player Description



Name: Desmond Ridder Position: Quarterback

College: Cincinnati Uniform Number: #9

Class: Senior Height: 6-4

Weight: 215 lbs Projected Round: Late 1st - 2nd round

 

Strengths:


  • 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

  • High-quality athlete

  • Strong arm - good velocity on short and intermediate-area throws

  • High-level mobility

  • Elusive - can make defenders miss when running with the football

  • Excellent competitor

  • Tough and durable

  • RPO specialist

  • Quick processor

  • Improved deep-ball accuracy


 

Weaknesses:


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.






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