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Spencer Rattler 2024 NFL Draft Profile

Spencer Rattler

Spencer Rattler
Let’s review the 2024 NFL Draft Profile for Spencer Rattler. Let’s have a talk about the South Carolina quarterback (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Spencer Rattler 2024 NFL Draft Profile

Next up for the 2024 NFL Draft Profile series, we’re talking about the man that everyone grew to despise during the Netflix QB1 show. If you haven’t seen that, it’s worth a reminder this time of year as the microscope firmly sets its sights on Spencer Rattler. Let’s put the former South Carolina through the wringer as we explore his 2024 NFL Draft Profile!

A lot of this stuff is American Idol. When you overthink things, it can lead you down the wrong path. When I watch Rattler, all I see is a Mr. Pibb version of Kyler Murray. Both on the smaller side, big time recruits, athletic multi-sport athletes, and so gifted that it’s almost a curse. Maybe that’s unfair but that’s what I see. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that pattern repeat and a lot of these athletes are just human evolution of things of their prior selves.

Rattler is a walking attitude problem. Maybe that’s unfair because I wasn’t in the room to interview him. However, his actions speak volumes and I learned a long time ago that when people tell you who they are, you should believe them. A quick Google search will lead you to figure out a lot of those on your own. However, I’d like to also point out those have translated to the field. Rattler is a walking frontrunner. No mental toughness. No competitive stamina. Everything came easy for him growing up and now he’s paying the price for it years later.

If Rattler wins any award, it’s for being the worst quarterback I’ve ever seen on the road. His home/road splits are pure banana land.

2023 Home: 74.7%, 9.5 yards per attempt, 17 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 173.9 rating, 105 rushing yards.

2023 Road: 59.3%, 5.5 yards per attempt, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 104.2 rating, -1 rushing yards.

If you dig into his numbers on previous years, they’re not quite as drastic but this is not a one year thing. He’s been consistently a different player on the road every time he takes the field. Playing in the SEC against NFL athletes probably only exacerbated these effects.

Maybe all of this is a weird coincidence. I’d just be on the side that it’s not. Not when the person shows you who he is. Even if that’s not enough to convince you, how about this number.

2023 1st Quarter: 82.8%, 9.6 YPA, 5-1 TD to INT Ratio.

2023 4th Quarter: 59.8%, 6.6 YPA, 5-4 TD to INT Ratio.

Again, not a one year thing, and his first half stuff in general is significantly better than his second half of games.

Small, front-runner, competitive stamina; you can tell me that I’m drawing unfair conclusions but I’m just not sure you even believe it. You’re positive you don’t have Kyler Murray flashbacks? Except Rattler isn’t even nearly that gifted. I see a lot of Chad Kelly except for the fact that Kelly is a much better pure thrower of the football (has less horse power compared to Rattler).

It’s exactly what happened during the Georgia game . South Carolina got out to an early lead and Rattler crumbled. He was also featured in the Stock Report notes in Week One . They were home for that one but Rattler was significantly outplayed by Drake Maye. To Rattler’s credit, in a controlled environment, he was good during the Senior Bowl Game . Not quite as good during the practice portion . But to at least be fair to him, there are signs of maturity on and off the field. Can do some things in the RPO quick game.

Rattler, a former five star recruit, was the Elite 11 MVP back in high school. Already at an advanced age of 23 and will turn 24 in September. Checks in at 6-foot, 211. Ran a 4.95 for the 40, which is something he should actually be embarrassed about. He’s a way better athlete than that. It was the worst 40 and 3-cone by any quarterback at the event. Serious red flag. Especially when you’re already on the smaller side. It was an underwhelming Combine in general for a prospect in high school that was viewed as very toolsy. Has he not taken care of himself over the years?

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Prior to writing this, my plan was not to take a dump on Spencer Rattler. It’s just really hard to wrap your arms around this guy when you talk yourself through it. It’s like Dorian Thompson-Robinson but at least he has more of an untapped what is he feel. We’ve seen a lot of Rattler and the intangible quarterback stuff has never been there from the start. He was beat out by Caleb Williams at Oklahoma and never really became a dominant force at South Carolina. I have an undrafted grade on Rattler but I can be talked into taking him in the 6th or 7th as a backup option if our system features a lot of that spread-out system. Just not sure that’s the vibe you want as your backup though either.

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