Bryce Young masterfully escaped all kinds of pressure from defenses in his two seasons as a starter for Alabama.
But after declaring himself for the 2023 NFL Draft on Monday, Young will be able to answer questions about his height.
As the potential No. 1 overall pick in April, Young’s size will be carefully dissected, debated and analyzed over the next three months in NFL draft rooms and on national television.
Listed at 6 feet tall and 194 pounds by Alabama, the junior quarterback didn’t hint Monday what he expects to measure at the NFL combine, to be held in Indianapolis from February 28 to March 6.
“That’s a good question,” he laughs. “I guess we’ll see.”
Little did Young know how much he would participate in the combined drills, which top quarterbacks sometimes skip to let their movie speak for itself.
There are few NFL-level comparisons for Young’s combination of height and style of play. He’s taller than fellow Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who is 5-foot-10, but runs far less frequently than Murray did in Oklahoma or did for the Arizona Cardinals. Young primarily acted as a pocket passer at Alabama with an impressive elusive ability, but he almost never took the ball on designed runs and rarely took off crossing the line of scrimmage.
Even so, Young’s poise under pressure, his accuracy, and his performance in key moments in SEC games have earned him plenty of attention as perhaps the best quarterback in the draft. If Young is selected first overall, it would be the first time Alabama has had one of its players selected first in the draft since Harry Gilmer in 1948.
“I hope my work on the court speaks for itself,” Young said Monday. “For me, I can control what I can control. I know that throughout this process, I will push myself, day by day, to become the best version of myself in whatever franchise takes me. I will give it my all. I will give my all from day one. It means everything to me.
“I can control what I can control. What are the perceptions of others [are] me or someone else – I can’t control that. But I know what I can bring to the table.
Young, however, acknowledged that the coming weeks and months in the draft spotlight will be uncharted territory for him.
“I’ve never done this process before,” he said. “It’s the first time that, I guess, it’s all started. I’m still new to everything.
Mike Rodak is a Beat Alabama reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.
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