#9
Desmond Ridder
Rating Yards TD
158.7 3334 30
Team: Cincinnati BearcatsHeight: 6-4 Born: N/A
Position: QBWeight: 215 Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Sr


Scouting Report

40 time: 4.67

2nd-3rd round

Snapshot: Despite being considered a mid-round candidate after wrapping up his junior year in Cincinnati, Ridder decided to return for his senior year in hopes of catapulting his value higher. He delivered with that good year, passing for 3,334 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading the first Group of 5 team to the college football playoffs after an undefeated regular season. His growth as a passer has been relatively stagnant, though, and his hopes of being a dark-horse first-round candidate seem to have largely flamed out.

Late interest in Ridder and a draft class without a unanimous top prospect could make the Cincinnati quarterback a wildcard. Seeing him off the board in the top 20 wouldn't be a major upset, but it also shouldn't be a surprise if teams wait until the second day to roll the dice on Ridder.

Strengths: Totes NFL-caliber arm strength to drive passes through tough windows. Solid athlete who can bail the pocket and extend plays with his legs. Promising touch thrower who can change ball arc and velocity with efficiency. Calm when the pocket collapses and will keep his eyes downfield through adversity.

Weaknesses: Release is often long and winding, and it's not consistent from throw to throw. Late to set his feet and deliver in the short game, and his anticipation is an area of concern. Feel for pressure in the pocket isn't refined and he's late to adapt to it. Pulls his receivers out of their stride with placement mishaps. He is a paint-inside-the-lines type of passer who wants to see openings before releasing.

Pro comparison: Drew Lock, Seahawks -- It's easy to fall in love with the athleticism to extend plays and the velocity to drive passes through tight windows, but the same lack of flow and feel that hurt Lock as a prospect is present in Ridder's game. If he can't become more consistent with his ball placement and anticipation it could lead to some sour performances as a young pro.


Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2018 Cin  13 194 311 62.4 2445 7.9 20 5 20 141
2019 Cin  13 179 325 55.1 2164 6.7 18 9 28 197
2020 Cin  10 186 281 66.2 2296 8.2 19 6 18 112
2021 Cin  14 251 387 64.9 3334 8.6 30 8 24 167
Career   50 810 1304 62.1 10239 7.9 87 28 90 617

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2018 Cin  13 149 583 3.9 5 0 0 - 0
2019 Cin  13 144 650 4.5 5 0 0 - 0
2020 Cin  10 98 592 6.0 12 0 0 - 0
2021 Cin  14 110 355 3.2 6 2 8 4.0 1
Career   50 501 2180 4.4 28 2 8 4.0 1

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/4/2021 Mia-O 20 25 295 80.0 4 1 81 6 31 5.2 1 25 0 0 - 0 -
9/11/2021 Murray 14 22 243 63.6 2 0 48 4 -4 -1.0 0 4 0 0 - 0 -
9/18/2021 @ Ind 20 36 210 55.6 1 1 28 10 45 4.5 1 26 0 0 - 0 -
10/2/2021 @ ND 19 32 297 59.4 2 0 45 10 26 2.6 1 11 0 0 - 0 -
10/8/2021 Temple 22 30 259 73.3 3 0 38 3 6 2.0 0 13 0 0 - 0 -
10/16/2021 UCF 13 23 140 56.5 1 0 23 4 14 3.5 0 10 0 0 - 0 -
10/23/2021 @ Navy 18 30 176 60.0 2 1 31 5 6 1.2 0 6 0 0 - 0 -
10/30/2021 @ Tulane 17 27 227 63.0 3 1 38 13 47 3.6 0 37 0 0 - 0 -
11/6/2021 Tulsa 15 23 274 65.2 2 1 40 12 43 3.6 1 15 0 0 - 0 -
11/12/2021 @ USF 31 39 304 79.5 2 1 21 13 65 5.0 1 15 1 3 3.0 0 3
11/20/2021 SMU 17 23 274 73.9 3 0 53 3 46 15.3 1 40 1 5 5.0 1 5
11/26/2021 @ ECU 17 28 301 60.7 2 2 53 10 17 1.7 0 24 0 0 - 0 -
12/4/2021 Hou 11 17 190 64.7 3 0 44 7 19 2.7 0 13 0 0 - 0 -
12/31/2021 @ Ala 17 32 144 53.1 0 0 28 10 -6 -0.6 0 11 0 0 - 0 -