Many notable draft pundits characterized the 2022 quarterback class as one of the worst in recent memory. Kenny Pickett was the highest-drafted signal caller, selected by the Steelers with the 20th overall pick. The Pittsburgh product was in the conversation for the top prospect at his position pre-draft, though many declared Malik Wills as the most desirable quarterback in the class.
However, the league saw things differently. The former Flame lasted until the third round, as the Titans selected him 86th overall, making him the third player at his position drafted.
The Falcons drafted Desmond Ridder despite Matt Corrall, Sam Howell, and Willis still being on the board. Atlanta grabbed him 74th overall, which was met with praise by many across the industry as great value.
The most recent to compliment Ridder is former Cowboys All-Pro wideout Dez Brant. Bryant, who has regularly voiced his opinions on Twitter, believes the Falcons have something to build around in the Dirty South.
I’m high on Desmond Ridder not because we share the same first name I’m high on him because I like his approach and confidence…The new league is built for the young guns.. I believe the falcons got something to build around in the dirty south
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) May 16, 2022
Bryant isn’t necessarily the most reputable former athlete when giving his vote of confidence in young players, but he’s still a multiple-time Pro Bowler and former first-team All-Pro. His words carry some weight. He didn’t mention Corral, Willis, Pickett, or any other quarterback from this class. You should form your own opinions, but sometimes validation is needed. Falcons fans may have found their next franchise quarterback.
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