How did Spencer Rattler, Xavier Legette perform at the NFL Combine?

South Carolina had a handful of alums working out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis over the past week, trying to improve their draft stock.

The two former Gamecocks garnering the most buzz: quarterback Spencer Rattler and wide receiver Xavier Legette.

Rattler was one of just two quarterbacks (Sam Hartman from Notre Dame being the other) to go through the gauntlet of workouts, doing everything except for the bench press, in which which no quarterback participated.

Rattler did not particularly excel in any of the events, but that statement deserves some caveats. First, most of the quarterbacks projected to go in the first few rounds didn’t participate in anything, so it’s hard to draw comparisons. Also, Rattler’s best trait is his arm, not how high he jumps.

Regardless, this is how he registered:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.95 seconds (4th among 4 QBs)

  • 10-yard split: 1.63 second (3rd among 4 QBs)

  • Vertical jump: 32 inches (3rd among 5 QBs)

  • Broad jump: 9 feet (5th among 5 QBs)

  • Three-cone drill: 7.21 seconds (5th among 5 QBs)

  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.37 seconds (4th among 4 QBs)

“Talking with scouts, he’s everybody’s favorite mid-round quarterback,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on the broadcast. “I say, who do you like in the middle rounds? And his name comes up more than any other.”

Jeremiah went on to say that Rattler would be a “interesting option” in the third or fourth round for most teams looking for a quarterback.

During the throwing portion of the combine, Rattler showed off what makes him such a productive quarterback. He showed off the zip he puts on his passes. He displayed the crisp footwork and mobility to make throws outside the pocket.

After a few perfect balls on out routes to the sidelines, Rattler barely missed on all four of his deep balls, though nearly every one hit the receiver’s hands.

“Rattler drives (the ball),” Jeremiah said. “Like he uses his legs and gets his power from his legs.”

Added ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller: “This was a really good day for him. He didn’t run as well in the 40-yard dash as I expected, but throwing, you can see why he’s been able to be a starter in college football for four years.”

In his mock draft a month ago, Miller had five quarterbacks going in the first two rounds: USC’s Caleb Williams (No. 1 overall), North Carolina’s Drake Maye (No. 2), LSU’s Jayden Daniels (No. 3), Oregon’s Bo Nix (No. 12), Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy (No. 13) and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. (No. 42).

Perhaps Rattler impressed enough during the meetings or can close the gap during South Carolina’s Pro Day later this spring to disrupt the QB market.

One guy who has already began to disrupt earlier predictions is Legette, whom draft evaluators seem to fall in love with the more they watch him.

Here’s how the 6-foot-1, 221-pound South Carolina native performed at the combine:

Said one reporter who watched Legette compete in Indy: “I’m back in on Xavier Legette. You could feel the turf vibrate when he put his foot in the ground.”

Legette, who also caught the ball well, is right in the middle of what many analysts have described as a ridiculously loaded wide receiver class. For instance, Pro Football Focus has Legette ranked as the 10th-best WR in the draft — and believe he’s the 42nd-best player overall.

That’s ridiculous.

In his mock draft, Miller has Legette going to the New Orleans Saints at No. 45 overall and it seems like a good bet he’ll hear his name called on Day 2.

The NFL Draft is April 25-27.