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The Falcons’ pick of Ridder was one of the biggest shocks of Day 2 of the draft. Experts had expected Malik Willis to go in the first round, but he dropped very low.
Ridder was an outstanding quarterback in Cincinnati and led the Bearcats to an unbeaten regular season in 2021 along with an American Athletic Conference championship and a College Football playoff appearance. It was the first time that a school outside the Power 5 Conference participated in the tournament.
Ridder had 3,334 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes in his last season with the Bearcats. All were career records in those categories.
Atlanta needs a starting quarterback after trading Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis foals in low season. The Falcons were reportedly close to acquiring Deshaun Watson prior to Cleveland Browns he rushed at the last minute to mistake him for him. The turn of events triggered Ryan’s exchange with Indy.
The Falcons have signed Marco Mariota in low season. He had been Derek Carr’s backup with the Las Vegas Raiders for the past few seasons. Mariota was a former n. 2 choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2015. He hasn’t started a game since the 2019 season.
Feleipe Franks is the other quarterback on the Falcons’ roster.
Atlanta picked wide receiver Drake London on Thursday night.