College Football News: The latest on Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler

The 2022 NFL Draft will be dependent on Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler's decision -- the latest college football news leans heavily one way.

College football‘s Week 4 slate has a ton of news and interesting matchups. Whether you are a savvy college football bettor or just a fan, this weekend’s games offer much intrigue.

While the season continues, it’s only right that the discussion of players declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft starts to heat up before September closes. One of those names on the must-watch for declarations is, of course, Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler.

From the latest episode of Between the Hashes, PFN Chief NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline shares his insight on Rattler and others.

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College Football News: Spencer Rattler close to declaring?

It may have been a forgone conclusion at the start of this season, but Oklahoma signal-caller Spencer Rattler is on the verge of entering the 2022 NFL Draft. It may have been common knowledge that he would declare early at the start of his career.

Rattler has started the 2021 season on shaky ground. He threw 2 interceptions to start the season but rattled off turnover-free games since. The promise shown has seemingly returned, and he could still play himself to be a top-five pick, if not the No. 1 overall selection.

His ultimate declaration wouldn’t be a surprise. However, as Pauline says, he’s leaning closer towards it with one of his Name, Image, Likeness signings.

“Spencer Rattler signed a NIL agreement with one of the major quarterback agents in the league,” Pauline said. “An agency that represents some of the big-time quarterbacks in the league. If you read the tea leaves, it seems to be that Spencer Rattler is gone after this season.”

Is Penn State OT Rasheed Walker soon to declare?

With Rattler’s ultimate declaration unsurprising, there is some surprise and interest in Penn State offensive tackle Rasheed Walker following the Nittany Lions’ undefeated start. Walker, who already turned down the NFL Draft once to return to Happy Valley, has been a revelation for Penn State this season.

With some mid-round grades entering the season, Walker has played himself into the Round 1 conversation for next year’s draft. Furthermore, Pauline mentions that Walker may have already made his mind made up regarding his decision.

“I don’t want to say he’s hired an agent, but I’m told he has an agent that he’s very comfortable with,” Pauline said. “That leads me to believe that he’s heavily leaning towards entering the draft.”

Walker is a redshirt junior with one year of eligibility left following this season.

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of NFL News/Analysis for Pro Football Network. He is also the co-host of Between the Hashes, a college football and NFL draft podcast. You can find his writing here. Follow him on Twitter @CamMellor