5 quarterbacks Denver Broncos could get outside first round of draft
Games Played: 50
Passing Yards: 10,239
Completion Percentage: 62.1
Desmond Ridder was another first-round prospect for much of this season but will likely fall in the draft after a rough performance in the College Football Playoff against Alabama, which scouts will see as similar to going against an NFL defense.
In that game, he went 17-of-32 passing for just 144 yards while leading the Bearcats to just six points. As a result, he could slip down the draft board and possibly even into the third round.
Ridder has a good arm and he can make all of the throws. The accuracy is there and the intangibles, such as making plays when things break down, are there. His weakness at the next level could be reading defenses pre-snap.
Ridder needs to be able to better diagnose the blitz as during his time at Cincinnati, he was sacked far too often. Behind an average to below-average offensive line, things could get very ugly for him at the pro level.
He would be a solid pick for the Broncos if the team was able to trade for a player like Rodgers or Wilson. Sitting behind a guy like that and learning how things work at this level would be invaluable.
If he goes to a team that expects him to be a day one starter, he could get washed out of football quickly.