A most ideal scenario would have the Lions able to take a quarterback in the first round, if only for the hypothetical comfort of a fifth-year contract option. But as the late first round approached here, it became practical to wait until the second pick of the second round.
Entering Friday’s College Footbal Playoff Semifinal matchup against Alabama (nearing kickoff as of this writing), Ridder has more than 3,500 total yards with 30 touchdown passes and eight interceptions this season for the unbeaten Bearcats. He has size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds), arm strength and mobility, with shattershot accuracy a times. On that note, the comp offered by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is not that much of a stretch.
If the Lions are willing to let Jared Goff keep the seat warm next season, a more raw prospect like Ridder is a fine choice as the possible quarterback of the future.