Saints: 5 college quarterbacks to keep an eye on in 2021 season
College Quarterbacks Saints Fans Should Watch – No. 1: Spencer Rattler
Last, but most certainly not least is Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, who, in all likelihood, is going No. 1 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. This has been something we’ve all been aware of since he first took the field as a starter for the Sooners in 2020 and appears to still be the case.
The only thing that could prevent this from happening is a poor season from Rattler or one similar to what Joe Burrow had in 2019 when he propelled into the No. 1 spot in the 2020 NFL Draft. Before him, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Justin Herbert would be the first player off the board in that draft.
Rattler is a typical Oklahoma quarterback, excelling both with his arm and with his legs. He’s not the same kind of runner that Jalen Hurts was, but he can do some damage there, as evidenced by his six rushing touchdowns in 2020. Rattler threw for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns, and seven interceptions last year while rushing for 160 yards and the aforementioned six scores.
As good as Rattler is and likely will be as an NFL signal-caller, the chances of the Saints being the ones to reap the benefits of that are slim. They’re not going to be anywhere close to being the worst team in the league and unless the worst team in the 2022 season doesn’t need a quarterback, the Saints won’t have a shot at getting to No. 1.
Still, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be watching Rattler and admiring what he can do. Maybe, just maybe, there’s a chance he can be with the New Orleans Saints this time next year.