Oklahoma recently benched quarterback Spencer Rattler. Here’s why he’s plummeting on 2022 NFL Draft boards.
Who would have predicted that the 2021 season would have gone this way for Spencer Rattler? After being a Heisman Trophy candidate who many projected to be a future top draft choice, Rattler’s stock has been free-falling all season and somehow managed to plummet even harder last week.
After starting the game against Texas just 8 of 15 for 111 yards and an interception, via Sports Reference, Rattler was benched in favor of freshman quarterback, Caleb Williams. Williams immediately made his presence felt when he stepped on the field as he scrambled for an impressive touchdown run. He ultimately strung together an amazing second half to come back and beat the Texas Longhorns.
Now there are reports that suggest that Williams could be the starter for Oklahoma going forward. Even if Rattler gets another opportunity, his reputation is shattered at this point, and his play this year has caused a lot of questions to arise.
Spencer Rattler may have to transfer
It’s clear that Rattler’s underwhelming play and the fact that he was benched are going to factor heavily into his NFL Draft grades, and teams don’t have any reason to be confident that he’s a future NFL franchise quarterback at this point.
In the summer, there were many who believed that Rattler was going to be the future number one overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. After a thoroughly impressive redshirt sophomore campaign, draft analysts were quick to liken him to the former Oklahoma quarterbacks that have had success under Lincoln Riley. That hasn’t been the case at all this year.
In fact, his draft stock has taken such a hit, that the most logical thing for Spencer Rattler to do at this point might be to transfer schools and hope that he can start to rebuild his reputation. Sadly, his brash personality hasn’t done him any favors, and his character was already something that was a major question mark.
Combine these concerns with the fact that his efficiency has significantly dropped this year, and you have a player that might not be worth drafting.
There are dozens of questions surrounding Spencer Rattler at the moment, and we are going to have to see how things play out with him the rest of the way. If the former high recruit is indeed benched at Oklahoma, will he press his luck in the NFL Draft or put in for a transfer next season?