2022 NFL Draft: Spencer Rattler Profile

Measurables and Stats

  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 205lbs
  • Class: Jr
  • Career Starts: 11
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Background:

Spencer Rattler was born on September 28th, 2000 to Mike and Susan Rattler in Phoenix Arizona. Rattler played at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, where he would go on to break the all-time passing record for the state of Arizona. Rattler finished his prep career with 11,083 yards and 116 touchdowns through the air. The Pinnacle product was named the MVP of the 2018 Elite 11 opening in Texas.

While in highschool, Rattler was the star of the Netflix Documentary Series: QB1 Beyond the lights. During his senior year, he was suspended for violating the District Code of Conduct, the specific infraction was never disclosed (Rattler initially claimed to have a sprained MCL before the violation was reported). Rattler committed to the University of Oklahoma where he served as the primary backup to Jalen Hurts in 2019 before taking over the starting role in 2020.

Best Trait: Play outside of structure 

Spencer Rattler is one of the better passers outside the pocket that I’ve ever scouted, in fact, he seems to improve and become more accurate when he leaves the pocket. Pro Football focus gave Rattler a 91.3 when playing out of structure which is the highest grade they’ve ever given out. That lines up really well with what I saw on film (though I’m not quite ready to go quite as far as PFF. Burrow and Mahomes did some amazing things out of structure). What’s evident is that Rattler seems to excel at making big plays out of blown plays, and that quality has been shining through since his first collegiate start.

Worst Trait: Consistency 

In many ways, 2020 was a tale of two Spencer Rattler’s. The first was an erratic passer that was both overly aggressive and shell shocked, he had two game-sealing interceptions early, and was bad enough to get benched against Texas. After returning to the game against the Longhorns, Rattler was one of the best QB’s in the NCAA for the rest of the season.

It wasn’t just in the macro view of the season that inconsistency reared its ugly head as sometimes it was from one play to the next that we would see the ugly and the spectacular. Rattler’s unbelievable play outside of the pocket was paired with his tendency to leave a clean pocket far too early or even back up several yards too far past his protection, often resulting in ugly sacks. Rattler showed an ability to go through his progressions far beyond his experience but sometimes would overlook easy completions for much more difficult throws. 

What we need to see next season:

In between his first and second season with Lincoln Riley former number overall pick Baker Mayfield made huge leaps in play quality and consistency. I believe that we need to see a similar leap forward from Rattler to solidify his status as the potential number one overall pick in this class. More than anything if he can avoid the erratic play from the beginning of the 2020 season, his talent should carry him to Heisman contention and a very high draft pick. 

Final (Summer) Grade and Outlook:

  • Final (Summer) Grade: 7.8/10
  • Way too early draft projection: Top 5 Pick
  • Pro Comp(s): Jordan Love; Zach Wilson

Outlook: Rattler is an uber-talented playmaker that could have a Mahomes-esque ceiling, but has a lot of little things to clean up. Another year with Lincoln Riley, and a more normal offseason should help tremendously. Although he is my QB2, I believe that Rattler has the safest path to being the first QB taken. If he cleans up some of the mental mistakes and lands in a solid situation in the NFL, Rattler could easily wind up as a pro-bowl caliber player. See his full scouting report below. 

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