Draft Profile: BioAfter passing for over 11,000 yds and becoming a star of the Netflix show QB1 Spencer Rattler was probably the biggest star in high school football and the most in-demand recruit in the 2017 class. Rattler chose the Sooners over an array of other suiters.
In 2019 as a freshman Rattler saw action in just 3 games for Oklahoma as he threw for 81 yards on 11 attempts with a completion percent of 63.6 for an average of 7.4 yards per pass, with one TD, while taking no sacks and a QB rating of 116.1.
He redshirted that mostly unproductive year and in 2020 as a redshirt freshman was handed the starting job. He played in 11 games as he passed for 3031 yards on 317 attempts with a completion percent of 67.5 for an average of 9.6 yards per pass, with 28 TDs, while also taking 24 sacks, and putting up a QB rating of 118.4. He added 63 runs for a total of 280 yards at an average of 4.4 per rush.
After this impressive season as the Sooner's starter Rattler was named national freshman of the year by CBS Sports, became the second OU quarterback to be named an FWAA Freshman All-American (after Sam Bradford), was awarded a first-team AP All-Big 12 selection and the organization’s co-Big 12 newcomer of the year.
As much as 2020 was a showcase for Rattler's skills and a justification for his consensus five-star rating 2021 was the opposite after he was benched as a result of turning the ball over twice against Texas. He returned to play in a limited capacity but the damage was done as was to all intents and purposes Rattler's time as a Sooner. He finished the year passing for just 1483 yards on 190 attempts and 11 TDs with 5 INTs and was sacked 12 times. Rattler opted to enter the transfer protocol where he joined South Carolina in an attempt to resurrect his career and ultimately his draft stock.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Physically, Rattler is a natural athlete who plays with the balance and light feet to float in the pocket.
- Has excellent overall arm strength you would expect a consensus five-star prospect
- Is excellent when on the move and has the arm talent to make throws most college-level QBs wouldn't even attempt
- Despite being viewed as a mobile quarterback Rattler is skilled as a pocket passer and has a nice feel for pressure
- Sprays the ball anywhere on the field, especially when given a pocket from which to deliver. Will step up into pocket while looking downfield, reset his feet and deliver.
- Ball placement is a strength. Rattler has the natural instincts to make plays when forced to improvise.
- Generally accurate on intermediate and short throws; flashes anticipation and placement on intermediate outs and shows the ability to lead receivers on deeper throws.
- Good zip and ball placement on the quick slant. Good touch down the seam and on post-corner, flag routes to attack the defense vertically and horizontally.
- He’s a pure athlete, loose-limbed and flexible. Rattler has the speed to pick up yardage in scramble situations
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Rattler lacks the prototypical size for the position he's just 6-1 and probably is maxed out at 215 pounds. He'll have to prove he can stay healthy this year for the Gamecocks
- Rattler has a bad habit of fading and throwing off his back foot when the pocket gets muddled, and he is too often all arm when throwing on the move, sacrificing accuracy.
- His mechanics are hit-or-miss and in 2021 proved to be highly inconsistent
- Rattler needs to show he has the football IQ and level of decision-making required for the NFL - thus far he hasn't
- Struggles going through his reads - too often seen locking onto his primary receivers when others were wide open
Scouting Report: SummarySpencer Rattler's fall from grace has become football legend. He's gone from number one prospect in the country to being booed off the field and ultimately benched.
There's no doubting Rattler's talent, his arm is elite, almost Mahomes'ish at times, and he's mobile with good pocket presence. He however has displayed awful on-field decision-making and has made scouts wonder whether he has the mental aspects required to be a top-level quarterback in the pros.
Rattler will be under the microscope this year as he takes the field for South Carolina, where he has a chance to turn his career around. If he demonstrates serious improvement over 2021 expect him to be right up there in the mix as one of the top quarterbacks selected, if not - he'll be a late-round prospect at best in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Update - 11/22/2022After an array of sub-par performances throughout October and November Rattler finally showcased his star quality against top quality opposition as he put up 438 yards and five touchdowns as South Carolina beat No. 5 Tennessee 63-38, all but eliminating the Volunteers from the playoffs. This will have pro teams giving Rattler a second look and likely have significantly boosted his draft stock.
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