Final ranking of the top six quarterbacks for the Steelers
By Andrew Falce
Steelers 3rd best fit
The third and fourth-best is essentially a tossup, as both quarterbacks have some obvious flaws as well as positive traits to work with. Ultimately, I would give a subtle nod to Desmond Ridder, as I believe that he will ultimately be the better pro if he is put into the right type of offense. While his ceiling is lower than a guy like Corral, if he finds a good offensive fit, he should be an effective quarterback.
What Ridder needs is an offense akin to what Tennessee has. Despite Ryan Tannehill not being an elite quarterback, he has a potent run game and some serious weapons at receiver to help elevate his game. On his own, he is a middling quarterback who can’t win. With a strong rushing attack and capable receivers, he is suddenly an above-average starter. Ridder will need a similarly built offense to succeed, as he won’t be able to shoulder the load if everything is put on him.
Ridder has good athleticism, a decent arm, and average accuracy as of now. He would benefit from sitting for half a season or so as he reigns in his aggressive passes though. What he doesn’t lack is leadership, as he is a natural winner and commander of a team as evident by his turning around the Bearcats program. His ceiling is limited, but in the right system Ridder should be an effective quarterback.