Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Desmond Ridder wins games and has very good athletic ability. He doesn’t yet have the throw-to-throw accuracy that an NFL quarterback needs but he can learn that with proper coaching. Remember when Bills quarterback Josh Allen came into the league? Everyone questioned his accuracy. But he’s clearly overcome that and is a good quarterback.
Ridder doesn’t have Allen’s arm strength but he does have Allen’s athleticism and Ridder makes good decisions with the ball. Over the last two seasons, Ridder has a 41 to 12 TD-to-INT ratio. He has also scored 17 touchdowns running and this is part of what makes him an interesting prospect.
Assuming Shane Waldron remains as the Seahawks offensive coordinator, having a quarterback who can run fits his system. It puts more pressure on a defense. This is also partly what made Russell Wilson so effective in his first several seasons as well. Wilson’s ability to run kept drives alive and I wish Wilson would do it more often still.
Ridder also has started all four years in college and his teams have a combined record of 41-6. A quarterback that comes from a culture of winning to an NFL team that has a culture of winning is an excellent fit. Ridder would also understand he isn’t going to play a lot straight off. But that only helps player and team by 2023.