Desmond Ridder workout attracted Colts to Alec Pierce

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Prior to the draft, the Colts went to Cincinnati to put quarterback Desmond Ridder through a private workout. They emerged with a strong interest in his former Bearcats teammate, receiver Alec Pierce.

“Big, athletic, vertical threat that we needed to add to our offense,” Ballard told #PFTPM this week regarding Pierce, a second-round pick in the 2022 draft. “It’s good because we actually went to work out Desmond, and it was good like Desmond had a great day and is an unbelievable kid. I think Desmond’s going to be a good quarterback in this league. The byproduct of that is we were able to see Alec Pierce work out. We got some questions answered. Wasn’t anything about talent, we just didn’t quite know how he was going to be as a route runner. We just hadn’t seen it enough yet. To be able to watch him run and see him move and drop his weight, we think he’s going to be a really good addition to our team.”

So will he be a starter right away for the Colts?

“He’ll have to prove it like any player, like any rookie,” Ballard said. “That’s always the thing I love about the draft, like we draft and then everybody says, ‘Well, OK they’re just going to automatically. . . .’ No, they’re rookies. There’s a natural maturation curve for all of them. They’ve got to learn the pro game. They’ve got to come in and earn it. The one thing you don’t want to do is just stamp them. You don’t want to just stamp them. They’ve got to come in and earn their role and their spot on the team. Whether it’s on special teams, whether that’s in a three or four receiver. Whatever the role is and then earn their way up the ladder, which we think Alec has the potential to do. But now he’s got to go to work.”

He undoubtedly will. And if it works out, the Colts can thank their decision to work out Desmond Ridder, who may eventually become the successor in Atlanta who fell out of the sky to become the next quarterback of the Colts.

2 responses to “Desmond Ridder workout attracted Colts to Alec Pierce

  1. As a UC alumni and fan, I’ve watched Alex develop into the Bearcats’ go to receiver. The Colts and their fans will be very happy with him.

  2. I really liked Alec Pierce coming out. Had Olave, Dotson been off the board when AZ came up in RD1 then I wanted to draft either Christian Watson or Alec Pierce in RD2. Both have the talent to be possibly develop into stud WRs in the NFL.
    GM Steve Keim threw a curveball though no one saw coming n drafted another true #1WR to pair with/across from DHOP in elite WR Hollywood Brown who was graded higher than any WR in this draft when he came out a couple years ago. Working w/ KM in that pass heavy offense Browns stats are going to explode this next season. With all the talent n speed in that offense AZ will field a greatly improved offense.

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