Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett are considered the two best quarterback prospects available in the 2022 NFL Draft, but it turns out Cincinnati product Desmond Ridder has also made a strong impression on league executives over the past few months.
While on SportsCenter this Tuesday, ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler said Ridder is “rising” up draft boards.
“I’m hearing a lot of positivity from teams I’ve talked to who believe he [Desmond Ridder] is rising in the process,” Fowler said. “I’ve talked to one league executive who thought maybe spots 24-38 could be a sweet spot for him.”
Fowler added that people around the league believe Ridder is very polished as a quarterback prospect.
As for Ridder’s outlook as a rookie, he apparently has a clear plan in place to beat out a veteran in training camp.
Desmond Ridder is a name that’s buzzing in league circles. During team interviews, the QB made clear he plans to beat out a veteran in camp.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 5, 2022
In a recent interview with The Spun, Ridder discussed why he believes he’s the best quarterback in this year’s draft class.
“I would say because I’m a winner, I’m tough, I’m a great leader, and I make plays when plays aren’t there to be made,” Ridder said. “That’s why teams should choose me as the No. 1 quarterback. I’m going to help an organization win a Super Bowl.”
Ridder was a four-year starter at Cincinnati who made improvements each season. He could solidify his status as a first-round pick with strong interviews and workouts over the next couple of weeks.