The returns on South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler‘s week at the Senior Bowl continue to come in and the consensus is that Rattler’s draft stock is on the rise.
Rattler not only won the game’s MVP award, completing all four of his throws and tossing a touchdown pass in limited action, but he also consistently drew praise throughout the week of practices, which is arguably more important than the game itself.
In a summary of how each quarterback performed at the annual all-star game, PFF’s Trevor Sikkema said that Rattler may have helped his stock more than any other QB who participated.
There is a case that Rattler helped his stock the most of all the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. Nix and Penix had their moments, but neither was the clear top quarterback. Meanwhile, Rattler had a handful of throws each day that reminded onlookers why he was once seen as a potential first-round pick.
Consistency is still a work in progress, but if you didn’t pay attention to Rattler during his time at South Carolina, you would’ve been shocked by his improved decision-making, even in practices, and by how well he throws with timing and anticipation, rather than just rely on pure arm talent once guys get open.
Rattler was named MVP of the game, going 4-of-4 with an excellent passing touchdown on the first drive of the game. Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy said before the week that the NFL is higher on Rattler than the media, which felt like a hint that he could be a Day 2 quarterback come April. His performance this week was a step in that direction.
The MVP award for Rattler came on the heels of other accolades throughout the week of practice.
He had already been named the top quarterback on the American team for his practice performance at the Senior Bowl this week after a vote from his defensive teammates.
He completed 900-of-1,313 career passes (68.5 pct.) for 10,807 yards with 77 touchdowns and 32 interceptions at Oklahoma and South Carolina combined.
This past year for the Gamecocks, Rattler started all 12 games, completing 275-of-389 passes for 3,186 with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He was selected as a Rex Enright Team Captain and a co-winner of the Steve Wadiak Team MVP Award.
Rattler said that he will now head home to Phoenix for additional training prior to the NFL Combine and pro day.