Dynasty 101

Desmond Ridder

2022 Rookie Profile

High School Rating:

School: Cincinnati
Year: Senior (RS)
Date of Birth: August 31, 1999

College Stats


Metrics and Measurables

Height6’3 3/8″ (65th)
Weight211 lbs (16th)
Wingspan79″ (89th)
Arm Length32 3/4″ (74th)
Hand Size10″ (80th)
40-Yard Dash4.52s (96th)
Vertical Jump36″ (92nd)
Broad Jump127″ (98th)
3-Cone Drill7.15s
20-Yard Shuttle4.29s

Burst Score126.5 (94th)
Agility Score
Throw Velocity
Wonderlic Score
College QBR80.9 (75th)
Breakout Age20.0 (67th)


For detailed information about the PREDATOR Score methodology, check out this article.

Injury Risk


  • Ankle injury (2018) – Left bowl game in first half
  • Right shoulder injury (2019) – Missed 1 game

For detailed information about our Injury Risk designations, check out this article.

Player Analysis

The Good

  • Athleticism – Tested incredibly well at the NFL Combine. Over 2000 career rushing yards.
  • Experience – Four year starter. Battle tested and has played in the CFB playoff.
  • Size – Prototypical size for starting quarterback. Above average for this year’s class.
  • Arm Strength – Showcases ability to launch the ball downfield and from hashmark to the sideline.

The Bad

  • Pocket Awareness – Struggles to sense when the pocket is collapsing or when he is about to be blindsided.
  • Accuracy/Placement – Puts his receivers in tough spots where they have to make acrobatic catches or are unable to make catches in stride.
  • Release – An area of improvement year over year, but still a bit slow getting the ball out.
  • Throws on the Run – Accuracy plummets when he is on the run outside the pocket. Doesn’t get squared to receiver and can miss open targets.

Overall Assessment

PRE-DRAFT: Ridder is another quarterback that seriously elevated his draft stock by returning to school for his senior year. He threw for almost 1k more yards and 10 more TDs than he had in any previous season, while piloting Cincinnati to an undefeated season and appearance in the college football playoff. Ridder’s size and athleticism give him the perfect quarterback build. Even though his athleticism is top-notch, he is still a “pass-first” QB who looks to stay in the pocket. He has the necessary arm strength to succeed in the NFL, but has some accuracy and ball placement issues that he will have to work on. His release time causes batted passes as linemen are able to anticipate the throw. He’ll likely be a first round pick, but needs some development time to really be effective at the next level.


Player Comparison: Marcus Mariota



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