Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler is an early candidate to be the first player chosen in the 2022 NFL Draft after a 2020 season in which he played 11 games, completed nearly 68% of his passes, and had a four-to-one TD:INT ratio.
Rattler isn’t the biggest quarterback prospect — he’s unofficially listed at 6-1, 2o5 pounds. But that hasn’t stopped NFL draft media from projecting him as the top pick and the best overall player in college football in 2021.
In a recent ranking of the top 50 players in college football this year, it was Rattler who ranked at the top for Pro Football Focus.
Rattler has a little bit of Texas Tech Patrick Mahomes in him, both stylistically and situationally. He has an ultra-quick, effortless release to pair with jaw-dropping arm talent and elite playmaking ability outside of structure. The Oklahoma quarterback produced a 91.3 passing grade and a 69.7% accurate-pass rate when creating off structure in 2020, both of which led all FBS passers. That passing grade beat out Joe Burrow for the best grade ever earned by a Power Five quarterback.
Rattler is the best player returning to college football and should be the favorite for the Heisman Trophy when the 2021 college football season kicks off on Aug. 28.
The analytics cited by PFF are hard to argue with. Those are the kind of numbers — especially his accuracy creating off-script — that will have NFL teams excited about his prospects.
Rattler has been a high-profile prospect since his days as a high school quarterback when he earned a five-star rating and was considered the No. 1 overall quarterback in his recruiting class. He’s lived up to the hype so far, and with another strong season in 2021, there’s no reason to doubt that his pedigree and future upside will result in an extremely high draft grade despite his average physical makeup.