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Kevin Hickey

Report: Colts worked out Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly worked out former Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated on Friday.

Even with the trade that brought Matt Ryan to the Circle City, there is still the chance the Colts add a rookie quarterback in the draft if they like that player enough. Ridder has been a popular name linked to the Colts for much of the draft season.

Breer also reported that the Colts held the workout to watch some of the Cincinnati receivers.

Ridder is certainly the big name here. His upside is intriguing considering his leadership, poise in the pocket, throwing mechanics and ability as a runner. He also showed throughout his time with the Bearcats that he can handle working with pre and post-snap reads.

Where Ridder brings question marks as a prospect is with his inconsistent accuracy, especially early in games.

No one would be shocked if Ridder was the selection at No. 42 overall, which is when the Colts are on the board first in the 2022 NFL draft.

Another interesting tidbit from this workout is that the Colts likely got a good look at wide receiver Alec Pierce. The vertical receiver projects as a strong pick for the Colts on Day 2 of the draft if they decide to go that route.

Pierce’s ability to get vertical in a hurry flashes throughout his tape while he checks the boxes of being a senior and a team captain. He could eventually be a formidable complement to Michael Pittman Jr., who enters his third season.

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