Rachel has expressed numerous times how she didn't want to leave the show with just a boyfriend, but since her mind was set on getting engaged, her friends reportedly feel she put too much emphasis on choosing the guy who would guarantee a marriage proposal at the end.
"The runner-up has all the qualities Rachel was looking for, and everybody thinks they would have been much better together," the insider said.
It doesn't help that Rachel, a 32-year-old Dallas attorney, was allegedly torn between her Final 2 bachelors moments before the Final Rose Ceremony was filmed in Rioja, Spain.
"Rachel really didn't know who to choose. She made a last-minute decision on the day of the final rose taping. She didn't give it enough thought," the insider told Life & Style.