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Desmond Ridder “light years ahead” of most young QBs

by Sam Ryner | Falcons Correspondent | Thu, Jun 16th 8:47pm EDT

Atlanta Falcons HC Arthur Smith had high praise for rookie QB Desmond Ridder on Wednesday, stating “He’s light years ahead of most young quarterbacks, in terms of playing from the neck up.” (

Fantasy Impact:

Ridder, who was a third-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, has received positive reviews during the Falcons’ offseason program as he competes against veteran Marcus Mariota for the team's starting QB position. Mariota is the current favorite to win the job, but if Ridder continues to impress he may push for playing time in his rookie season. Third-round QBs don’t have a high hit rate as fantasy assets. Since 2012, only 8.3% of QBs drafted in the third round have developed into long-term fantasy relevant players, but Ridder’s advanced mental processing along with a favorable landing spot does provide a path to fantasy relevance as early as the 2022 season.

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