A good year by Spencer Rattler in 2021 could be his last at Oklahoma.
Already tabbed as the early frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, the Sooner quarterback is projected to follow in the footsteps of Sam Bradford, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
Sports Illustrated’s NFL Draft Bible projected that the Houston Texans would select Rattler with the No. 1 overall pick in its first 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
“With the future of Deshaun Watson currently in limbo, it's in Houston's best interest to invest in one of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft,” Zach Patraw wrote. “Rattler has been ranked as the best quarterback by NFL Draft Bible lead scouts.”
Rattler wowed in his first season as the starter at Oklahoma, throwing for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 67.5 percent of his passes. And the best is yet to come for the former 5-star quarterback.
After struggling with turnover issues to start the year, Rattler grew while playing without key targets Jadon Haselwood and Austin Stogner at times in 2020.
When the pandemic shut down spring football in 2020, it also robbed Rattler of his first spring football practice with Lincoln Riley. Now, with his weapons back healthy and a spring and summer under Riley’s close tutelage, the sky is the limit for Rattler in 2021.
He’s already proven he can make just about every throw on the field, whether in the pocket or on the run, and 2021 will provide the chance to show off the mental growth Rattler has undergone since he last took the field against the Florida Gators in the Cotton Bowl.
Rattler was the only Sooner projected in the first round, but defensive stars Nik Bonitto and Perrion Winfrey will have a chance to raise their stock if they can continue their high level of play from the home stretch of the 2020 season.