Spencer Rattler and Shane Beamer Sep 9, 2023; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer congratulates South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) after a touchdown against the Furman Paladins during the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer posted an angry message on X Saturday blasting a “bullcrap” scouting report on former Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler.

Rattler had been mentioned as a possible late first-round pick by Pro Football Focus, although most projections had him going in the second or third rounds.

The quarterback finally got drafted in the fifth round, No. 15o overall, by the New Orleans Saints.

During ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage Friday, reporter Pete Thamel suggested that Rattler had fallen in the draft for several reasons, saying teams had questions about his height and speed, as well as his attitude and work ethic.

Beamer fired back at that report, not specifically calling out Thamel by name, but definitely disputing the supposed narrative around Rattler.

“Such a tired , lazy narrative. And bullcrap,” Beamer wrote. “None of the NFL teams that called me said that….And any team that thinks that clearly hasn’t done their research He dealt w adversity at OU in a class way , came to SC , was a great player and was voted by his TEAMMATES as a captain …TWO YEARS IN A ROW He’s a great person , great player and some team is getting a future starter today.”

It’s the second time in two days a coach or team executive has shredded an anonymous and negative scouting report on a player. Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard defended former Texas receiver Adonai Mitchell, who went to the Colts late in the second round Friday.

Rattler’s fans and many impartial observers were stunned Rattler dropped so far in the draft.

[Shane Beamer]

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