Desmond Ridder

QB, Cincinnati

  • Conf American Athletic - East
  • Jersey #9
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'4"
  • DOB --
  • WT 215 lbs



    *Named AAC Rookie of the Year in 2018 

    *Led his high school team in passing and rushing as a senior 


    Scheme tendencies: Blended offense that features diversity with formations and personnel. 

    2021 Projected role: Fourth-year starting quarterback 

    Pros: Dual-threat quarterback with a live arm and plenty of athleticism. Does well to keep his eyes down the field when facing pressure. Fully capable of altering his arm slots and getting the ball out quickly. Often used in zone-read and QB power runs where his size, vision, and ability to break tackles shine. Sound thrower on the run and he finds a fair amount of success extending plays and playing backyard football. He displays easy movement within the pocket and there are plenty of instances where he slides or steps up to avoid a rusher and hits a throw or wisely takes off with the football and picks up a massive chunk of yardage on the ground. Has flashes of wonderful ball placement down the field and he has the arm strength needed to challenge deep windows. Has impressive flashes of accuracy overall, working the football into tight windows and putting it on his targets. Experienced and battle-tested. His toughness is evident. 

    Cons: Has to find better consistency with ball placement. He has general accuracy, which often leads to failed opportunities for his targets to catch the football in stride and invites contested-catch points. When his process is hurried, he struggles to slot throws when his feet aren’t set and he needs to find ways to be more consistent with his accuracy when he’s unable to achieve his desired sequencing. Can be toesy in the pocket. He has to do a better job getting his hips and shoulders aligned to his targets, particularly when throwing left. Needs to find cleaner ball handling at the mesh point with RPOs and zone-read plays. He has a tendency to overthrow the deep ball and he needs to get more air under the football when challenging defenses down the field. Needs to be more willing to take what the defense gives him, identify that quicker and pull the trigger—he can get greedy and try to do too much. Can be late to feel pressure, but to his credit, his eyes are down the field.