Updated Saints depth chart after drafting Spencer Rattler

What does the QB position look like in New Orleans after the Rattler pick?
Dec 30, 2022; Jacksonville, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) throws
Dec 30, 2022; Jacksonville, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) throws / Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints nabbed Spencer Rattler in the fifth round of the 2024 NFL Draft despite already having a plethora of quarterbacks on their roster. Rattler was once thought to be a surefire first-round pick when he was at Oklahoma but a shaky 2021 campaign forced him to transfer to South Carolina and his draft stock plummeted.

The Saints also have Derek Carr on their roster, who is the starter heading into the 2024 season. Carr is under contract for at least two more years but the Saints clearly like having plenty of options behind him on the bench.

Last year, the Saints drafted Jake Haener out of Fresno State, and he was also a Day 3 pick. We'll discuss what could be next for him now that Rattler is on the roster in a bit.

Some of the forgotten options in the quarterback room are Nathan Peterman and Kellen Mond, both of whom signed with the Saints this offseason. Peterman has proven to be a career journeyman quarterback and Mond was a former third-round pick by the Vikings in 2021.

I didn't even mention Taysom Hill in this group even though he does take snaps at quarterback. He's typically considered more of a tight end so he won't be factored in here.

All of this being said, the Saints clearly aren't going to enter the 2024 season with five quarterbacks on their active roster. Let's take our best guess as to what the depth chart will look like for the black and gold this year.

QB1: Derek Carr

This one is a no-brainer. Carr might not have played as well as the Saints were hoping last year but not all of that is on the former Raiders quarterback. There was barely an offensive line in front of Carr to protect him and that'd make it hard on any signal-caller. He's under contract for at least two more years, so yeah, Carr is the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in 2024.

QB2: Jake Haener

With a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Saints added another Fresno State signal-caller to their roster in Jake Haener. The fourth-round draft pick didn't take a single snap for the Saints in 2023 but he's had a year in the Saints' system and is likely the frontrunner to win the backup job, as of this moment.

QB3: Spencer Rattler

Taking a fifth-round flyer on Spencer Rattler shouldn't bother Saints fans. At worst, he's someone who doesn't see the field, which isn't uncommon for a fifth-rounder. At best, he can learn from Carr and become the Saints' starting quarterback when Carr's contract is up. Rattler will compete for the backup quarterback job this summer and while he has a shot at securing that job, my money is on Haener edging him out and Rattler being the third-stringer.

QB4: Nathan Peterman

Rattler isn't the only fifth-round pick on New Orleans' roster, as Nathan Peterman was once a fifth-round pick in the draft as well. The Bills had spent a fifth-round pick on Peterman in 2017 and he proved early in his career that he was never going to be a good starter in the NFL. He's played six seasons in the NFL, playing two seasons for the Bills, Raiders, and Bears and only starting one game over the last four years. He's likely one of the odd men out with the addition of Rattler.

QB5: Kellen Mond

A third-round pick in 2021 by the Vikings, Kellen Mond appeared in one game as a rookie and threw for just five yards on two completions. That's the only NFL action he's had so it's hard to know what kind of a quarterback he can be. The Vikings moved on from him and the Saints brought him in this offseason but it doesn't feel like he'll be a Saint for long.