NFL mock draft: Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler popular pick at No. 1 overall in 2022 NFL draft

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

Early NFL mock draft projections for the 2022 NFL draft are out and a former Arizona high school football standout is a popular pick to be the No. 1 overall selection.

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, a former Phoenix Pinnacle standout, shows up as the No. 1 pick in several early 2022 NFL mock drafts.

If he were to go No. 1 overall (or No. 2), he would make Arizona high school football history.

Former Chandler High standout Dion Jordan went No. 3 overall in the 2013 NFL draft to become the highest NFL draft pick who played at an Arizona high school.

Check out some early NFL mock draft projections for Rattler in the 2022 NFL draft.

Arizonans in 2022 NFL draft:

Bleacher Report: Spencer Rattler picked by Houston Texans at No. 1

Brent Sobleski writes: "Some variation of the same conversation occurs every year around this time. It goes something like this: "Next year's quarterback crop isn't as good as the current one."  Yet every year, quarterbacks are chosen near the top of the draft. Over the last few years, we've seen Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow and Zach Wilson emerge as elite prospects despite being considered mid- to late-round options entering their final seasons on campus.  So, don't be surprised when one or two quarterbacks do the same during the 2022 evaluation period.  A shaky start to Spencer Rattler's career as Oklahoma's quarterback doesn't overshadow the fact that he's college football's best quarterback entering the 2021 campaign. The first-team All-Big 12 performer ranked first among returning Power Five quarterbacks in passing grade from a clean pocket, per Pro Football Focus' Brent Rollins. Rattler posted the second-highest grade of any Division I quarterback when throwing past his first read in 2020. His 74.3 tight-window passing grade is college football's fifth-best effort over the last three seasons—just behind the likes of Wilson, Burrow and Murray.  If the Houston Texans do pick No. 1 overall, it likely will mean the organization has moved on from Deshaun Watson and 2021 third-round pick Davis Mills didn't show much potential."

NJ.com: Spencer Rattler goes No. 1 to Houston Texans

Joe Giglio writes: "Life without Deshaun Watson really starts in Houston."

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Sporting News: Spencer Rattler lands with Houston Texans at No. 1

Vinnie Iyer writes: "The Texans are headed to splitting with Deshaun Watson in some form and they will quickly find that Davis Mills isn't the answer. For a QB-needy team, the best place to start is with the latest athletic dual threat from Lincoln Riley's offense."

NBC Sports: Spencer Rattler picked at No. 1 by Houston Texans

Derrik Klassen writes: "The Deshaun Watson saga is still technically unresolved, but the Texans have already made plenty of moves to suggest he is in trouble, notably signing Tyrod Taylor and drafting Davis Mills in the third-round of 2021. Taylor is not a long-term option, and Mills was not a particularly good prospect. Rattler’s combination of arm talent, mobility, and creativity gives him the best chance to rise as the best QB in the class, assuming he can rein himself in just a little bit."

Draft Kings: Spencer Rattler taken No. 1 overall by Houston Texans

Collin Sherwin writes: "We think he overtakes some of the other passers in this class, and maybe even guides OU to a win in the College Football Playoff (finally!). Seems to have the highest ceiling of the QB’s available, and will have the weapons and time in Lincoln Riley’s system to develop. No. 1 overall’s Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray have come out of this same pipeline, which forces players to both use their athleticism and throwing ability. Rattler also might have the most raw talent of those three."

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The Game Haus: Spencer Rattler No. 1 pick by Houston Texans

Joe DiTullio writes: "As the way things currently stand, the Texans will likely need a new quarterback next year. Rattler has great athleticism and a live arm, but needs to take a step forward to be the number one overall pick."

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, who played at Phoenix Pinnacle High, could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

Sportsnaut: Spencer Rattler lands with Detroit Lions at No. 2

Matt Fitzgerald writes: "Goodbye, Jared Goff. You’re a dinosaur, immobile pocket passer, and the modern NFL is about to pass you by. Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler struggled with weighty expectations at the outset of his college career, but settled in as the leader of the Sooners down the stretch of 2020. Since Howell is losing so much of his supporting cast to the 2021 draft, he may be in for a rude awakening. Meanwhile, Rattler could become the third No. 1 overall QB out of Oklahoma in the Lincoln Riley era, joining Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray."

Fox Sports: Spencer Rattler goes to Las Vegas Raiders at No. 5

Jason McIntyre writes: "Lincoln Riley has a decent history of setting up QBs to go first (Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield). Rattler started 11 games last year and threw 28 touchdowns. The biggest question will be if he has the size (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) to go this high."

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Yardbarker: Spencer Rattler picked by Atlanta Falcons at No. 7

Seth Trachtman writes: "Rattler had big shoes to fill as Oklahoma's starter last season and struggled at times. Still, he had over 3,000 yards passing in 11 games, showing off his multi-dimensional ability. He has first-round talent if he could put it all together this year, and the Falcons might finally be looking to replace Matt Ryan."

CBS Sports: Spencer Rattler taken by Washington at No. 8

Ryan Wilson writes: "Rattler is undersized at 6-foot-1, but that's less of an issue in today's NFL. Either way, he can sling it -- he completed 67 percent of his throws last season with 28 touchdowns and he's only going to improve."

Pro Football Network: Spencer Rattler picked by Washington at No. 9

Oliver Hodgkinson writes: "Washington’s playoff run in 2020 took them out of contention for one of the top four quarterbacks in this year’s draft. They used free agency to land Ryan Fitzpatrick on a one-year deal, and he keeps the seat warm for the ninth overall selection in this 2022 First Round NFL Mock Draft, Spencer Rattler."

The Sports Bank: Spencer Rattler selected by Denver Broncos at No. 13

Paul Banks writes: "I’m just not buying Drew Lock, and I think by this time next year, most everybody else will be on that page. Time for the mile high city to start over again at the most important position in sports."

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Sports Illustrated: Spencer Rattler selected by New Orleans Saints at No. 21

Jack Borowsky writes: "The slide stops here for Rattler. He is a very talented quarterback but there are some character concerns there. Rattler is a great athlete and has an even better arm. He makes a lot of eye-popping throws but he still threw too many ill-advised passes last season. Head Coach Lincoln Riley should help him cut down on those next year."