QB Desmond Ridder
High School: St. Xavier
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Phil Steele: PS#114
Summer Scouting Notes – QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Arm strength stands out on tape almost immediately. Has a good arm. Shows the ability to throw with touch in the moments that he needs to. Very compact release motion. Ridder doesn’t waste a lot of movement… Accuracy is a big concern for Ridder. Very much a box-accurate quarterback. Very inconsistent with his placement. I’m not sure what mechanical issue is driving that other than he just doesn’t have the ability. His placement is very inconsistent and very much off… Ridder positions himself fairly well in the pocket… I don’t think Ridder uses the pocket very well. He would much rather roll out and make something happen outside, relying on his athleticism… Not the most consistent feet, but he does consistently angle himself to the throw. Very quick feet. Sets rapidly… Ridder is very athletic and moves well outside of the pocket. That being said, Ridder generally doesn’t throw well while on the move… Dangerous runner when moving downfield… Has a special improv ability to work with his teammates and find them when the play is out of structure… Ridder does what he can to keep the play alive, but isn’t particularly adept at working the play out of structure… Generally makes good pre-snap reads.