Senior Bowl QB Rankings Day 2: Spencer Rattler Shows Promise, Bo Nix Takes His Lumps

How do the 2024 Senior Bowl QBs stack up after Wednesday's practice? Spencer Rattler is impressing early, and Carter Bradley is a name to watch down the road.

The 2024 Senior Bowl QB crop is one of the most exciting in recent memory, and each day of practice will carry heavy NFL Draft implications. With Day 2 of Senior Bowl practices in the books, where do things stand? Is Spencer Rattler rising, and has Bo Nix found his stride yet?

Senior Bowl Day 2 QB Rankings

We’re still early into Senior Bowl week, and some QBs were still finding their footing on Day 2 of practices. Right now, if we’re evaluating purely on Senior Bowl practice performance, there isn’t much separation in this group from first place to last.

It’s also important to note that these rankings do not equate to NFL Draft rankings. Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr. will likely leave the event as the top-rated QBs present just as they entered it. But these rankings aim to contextualize performance within the showcase.

For all QBs, interviews with teams will be just as, if not more important, than their play on the field. These rankings, at the end, are only one part of the puzzle.

1) Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

After an up-and-down first day at the Senior Bowl, Spencer Rattler was arguably the best QB at the event on Day 2. The sample size is still very limited, but for evaluators who were looking for a reason to be sold on Rattler’s upside, there’s reason to be excited early on this week in Mobile.

Particularly during team drills on Wednesday, Rattler was impressive. He was composed on his dropback, went through his progressions quickly, and was decisive triggering on throws. And on one throw in teams, he rifled a high-velocity laser to Xavier Legette 25 yards down the field, outside the numbers.

Rattler has all of the necessary talent to go in the early rounds. If he can string together multiple days like this, he could all but lock it in.

2) Michael Penix Jr., Washington

Michael Penix Jr. had one of the best throws of the week so far during Wednesday’s practice: A beautiful drive ball to an intermediate crosser. Penix’s best traits show up when he’s able to use his velocity to hit tight windows outside the numbers, and he gave a taste of that on Wednesday.

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His accuracy is still spotty on shorter throws, but Penix has command of the offense, and he’s starting to let it rip more as we carry on through the week.

3) Michael Pratt, Tulane

As expected, Michael Pratt has been relatively stable at the start of the week at the Senior Bowl. He was solid on Tuesday while other passers were still getting their footing. And once again, on Day 2, he was a source of stability for an offense with many moving parts.

Pratt didn’t make any of the drive throws that Rattler and Penix have the ability to make, but he was vocal and confident in the huddle, decisive at the top of his drop, and accurate to multiple levels of the field. He’s wasting no time using his opportunity in Mobile.

4) Carter Bradley, South Alabama

Keep an eye on Carter Bradley. The son of former Jaguars head coach and current Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley once again impressed with his arm on Wednesday after making several high-quality throws on Tuesday. In particular, Bradley had one impressive high-velocity drive throw to the boundary on a comeback route, timing the throw well.

There was one poor decision by Bradley in team drills — a pass over the middle of the field that was nearly picked off by a looming linebacker — but overall, Bradley has at least piqued the interest of onlookers with his live arm.

5) Bo Nix, Oregon

For a QB who was such a smooth operator at Oregon, Bo Nix has struggled to get a rhythm going during Senior Bowl practices. He’s had a few nice short completions from different platforms, showing off his arm elasticity, but he hasn’t taken chances at the intermediate and deep ranges much. And when he has, he’s missed low, high, and behind his receivers.

The setting, emulating an NFL offense and structure, is new to Nix like it is to all of the QBs, and it’s an adjustment that Nix is clearly still getting used to. Evaluators will be watching to see if he shows more comfort on Thursday. If he does, his tools may shine through.

6) Joe Milton, Tennessee

Joe Milton still wasn’t asked to do too much on Wednesday, but the 6’5″, 235-pound passer had his moments. He was fairly accurate on short passes and dump-offs, and he did have one nice high-velocity laser to a tight window over the middle of the field. He also displayed his rushing ability on another play.

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In the coming days, how Milton does on pure dropbacks and progression reps will be key in deciding his placement.

7) Sam Hartman, Notre Dame

Sam Hartman‘s tools are relatively pedestrian compared to the rest of the QBs on this list, and that may hurt him in the grand scheme of things. On Wednesday, it visibly impacted his ability to expand the offense at times. His placement wasn’t as consistent pressing farther down the field, and he did have one miss to Dylan Laube in the short range.

All this being said, Hartman had good command of the huddle, and with another day to build comfort, he could start to stack good reps.

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