QB Desmond Ridder Excites As Cincinnati Begins Season

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

The highest of highs and the lowest of lows – That’s what college football fans can feel after week one of the season. However, for QB Desmond Ridder and the Cincinnati Bearcats, they must feel on top of the world. The Bearcats kicked off the season on Saturday against Miami University (OH). You can check out some of the highlights below.

Desmond Ridder Scouting Report Available Here

As shown above, Desmond Ridder wasted no time in getting the Cincinnati offense rolling. In fact, Ridder went into halftime with 229 passing yards and four touchdowns (including one rushing touchdown). In fact, Ridder had a solid first quarter, too.

If Desmond Ridder and the Cincinnati Bearcats are able to put these type of numbers up each week, it could do a ton to boost his draft stock. Currently, I have a third-round grade on Ridder in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, if he continues to ball out, we could be talking about an early-to-mid second-round draft grade.

While Ridder isn’t a perfect quarterback prospect, he does possess several traits that NFL scouts are looking for. As evident from above, Ridder has excellent arm strength downfield. Additionally, he displays calmness in the pocket and navigates traffic rather well.

However, there are still several areas where I want to see Desmond Ridder improve. While he throws with anticipation, I’d like to see him do so with more consistency. Furthermore, ball placement is an area that needs drastic improvement. These are all fixable, but issues nonetheless.

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