The 2022 NFL Draft class isn't particularly strong when it comes to quarterbacks, but Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder is one name that stands out. He might not look ready to be a day-one starter at the NFL level, but he has the potential to be a starter for years to come if he's properly developed.
Here's a look at everything you need to know about Ridder ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Desmond Ridder Mock Draft 2022
ESPN's predictions are from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay's latest mock draft. CBS Sports' predictions are from Ryan Wilson's latest mock draft. Sporting News' projections are from Vinnie Iyer's latest mock draft.
ESPN: Detroit Lions (No. 32)
CBS Sports: Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 52)
Sporting News: Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20)
Desmond Ridder Draft Stock & Draft Projection
- Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20) - 1
- Detroit Lions (No. 32) - 1
- Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 52) - 1
Two of the highlighted mock drafts project Ridder to be taken sometime during the first round. Two of the experts also have him going to the Steelers, which makes sense since quarterback is one of their top priorities this week.
Desmond Ridder NFL Draft Odds
NFL Draft odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have Ridder as a -135 favorite to be a top-32 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, with +1200 odds to go in the top 10. Ridder's draft position over/under is also listed at 30.5, with -144 on both the over and the under. Two of the highlighted mock drafts have him going later than that and hitting the over.
Ridder also has +1000 odds (No. 3) to be the first quarterback selected this week.
Desmond Ridder Stats
2021: Cincinnati Bearcats
- 251 completions on 387 attempts, 3,334 passing yards, 30 touchdowns to 8 interceptions in 14 games played
2020: Cincinnati Bearcats
- 186 completions on 281 attempts, 2,296 passing yards, 19 touchdowns to 6 interceptions in 10 games played
2019: Cincinnati Bearcats
- 179 completions on 325 attempts, 2,164 passing yards, 18 touchdowns to 9 interceptions in 13 games played
2018: Cincinnati Bearcats
- 194 completions on 311 attempts, 2,445 passing yards, 20 touchdowns to 5 interceptions in 13 games played
Although he was a starter throughout his four years at Cincinnati, Ridder's best season as a Bearcat came in 2021. By the time the season had wrapped up, the 22-year-old QB finished with first-team All-AAC honors and was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Desmond Ridder Height, Weight & 40-Yard Dash
All height, weight and workout information is from NFL.com.
- Height: 6'3"
- Weight: 211lbs
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.52
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