Desmond Ridder

QB, Cincinnati

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


    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 quick. 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. 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. Flashes 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. 

    CONS: Passing efficiency diminished after the first month or so of the season, compounded by a shoulder injury later in the year. Has to find better consistency with ball placement. Needs to be more willing to take what the defense gives him, identify that quicker and pull the trigger - can get greedy and try to do too much. Can be late to feel pressure but to his credit, those eyes are down the field. Took a ton of hits in 2019.