NFL 2022 Draft: The Falcons choose Desmond Ridder in the shocking selection of quarterbacks

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the Atlanta Falcons selected quarterback Desmond Ridder in the third round with the no. 74 overall and was the first quarterback taken on the second day of NFL 2022 draft.

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.

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Desmond Ridder # QB13 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 03, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Desmond Ridder # QB13 of the Cincinnati Bearcats throws during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 03, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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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.

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Alec Pierce b. 12 and Desmond Ridder No. 9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrate after scoring a second-quarter touchdown against the SMU Mustangs at Nippert Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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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.

FILE - Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) tries to pass from the pocket during the first half of the American Athletic Conference NCAA college football game against Houston on Saturday, December 1. 4, 2021, in Cincinnati.

FILE – Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) tries to pass from the pocket during the first half of the American Athletic Conference NCAA college football game against Houston on Saturday, December 1. 4, 2021, in Cincinnati.
(Photo AP / Jeff Dean, file)

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Atlanta picked wide receiver Drake London on Thursday night.