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3 Most Likely Teams to Draft Desmond Ridder

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft quarterback Desmond Ridder.
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft quarterback Desmond Ridder. / Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY

While there may not be a true superstar in this year's quarterback class, that doesn't mean that there is an overall lack of talent at the position. For example, Desmond Ridder compiled an impressive 44-6 record as Cincinnati's starter and passed for at least 2,150 yards in each of his four college seasons.

The 22-year-old is poised to make the leap to the next level and has the potential to be a franchise starter down the line. His ceiling could come down to where he lands in the NFL draft, though. With that being said, let's take a look at three of the most likely landing spots for Ridder this weekend.

Desmond Ridder NFL Draft

1. New Orleans Saints

The Saints made a move to acquire a second first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft. Many people suspect they did so in order to grab a wide receiver or offensive lineman, but a quarterback shouldn't be ruled out. Expected starter Jameis Winston is coming off an ACL injury and veteran Andy Dalton was only signed to a one-year deal. The future New Orleans at the QB position is shaky at best. Ridder's arm strength rivals that of anyone in this draft class and he threw 87 touchdowns compared to 28 interceptions during his college career. His ability to stay calm in the pocket could work wonders when facing tough NFL defenses.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

This one shouldn't come as a shock to anyone given the fact that the Steelers have hosted almost every top QB prospect at some point in the pre-draft process, including Ridder. Neither free agent signee Mitchell Trubisky and third-year pro Mason Rudolph line up to be more than a stopgap option at this point. On the flip side, Ridder could end up being the perfect player to take over the reins following Ben Roethlisberger's retirement. The Bearcats standout's 4.52-second 50-yard dash time proves he can bring something to the offense Pittsburgh hasn't seen in a long time, which is an ability to scramble out of the pocket for first downs.

3. Detroit Lions

Reports are coming out that teams are considering the idea of trading into the back end of the first round to select a quarterback. It's an interesting tidbit considering the Lions own the No. 32 overall pick and have a need at the position themselves. Starter Jared Goff averaged just 9.8 yards per completion in 2021 and failed to efficiently move the ball down the field. Ridder may be a project, but his development could speed up if surrounded by talents like wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and tight end TJ Hockenson. It may be a risk worth taking for a Detroit organization desperate to get back to the playoffs.

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