The 2023 NFL offseason is here and that means it’s time for mock drafts, draft profiles and everything that goes with them. So without further ado, here’s one of many Draft Profiles for the 2023 NFL draft.
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
WT: 194 lbs
– CFP national champion (2020)
– Heisman Trophy (2021)
– Maxwell Award (2021)
– Davey O’Brien Award (2021)
– Manning Award (2021)
– AP College Football Player of the Year (2021)
– Sporting News College Football POY (2021)
– Consensus All-American (2021)
– SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2021)
– SEC Championship Game MVP (2021)
– Sugar Bowl MVP (2022)
– First team All-SEC (2021)
– Second team All-SEC (2022)
– Really good leader with a super high football IQ – is really respected by team and coaches alike
– Has the ability to come through when it matters most – he has an innate ability to lead his team from behind. Montana-like presence in the huddle
– Super instinctive when it comes to avoiding the rush, he plays like he has eyes in the back of his head and displays an elite ability to get the pass off, even under incredible pressure
– The usual criticism of Alabama quarterbacks (producing impressive stats because of the elite talent around him) can’t be leveled at Young, as he produced a similar elite season in ’22 as ’21 while losing his two top receivers to the ’22 draft
– Very confident passer and shows good accuracy and feel when in rhythm. Demonstrated even better ball placement from past years and constantly throws very catchable passes
– Quick-footed and balanced in dropping back, scanning the field. He rarely retreats or takes his eyes away from the secondary to look at the rush.
– Possesses decent arm strength although it’s not elite – he’s still capable of making every NFL throw easily. Zips to all areas of the field, demonstrating very good touch on underneath routes to running backs and receivers, as well as down the sideline on deep passes.
– Possesses excellent straight-line speed (has a chance to break into the 4.4’s at the combine) for the quarterback position and vision, impressive mobility to evade defenders in the open field, and good strength considering his size
– Extraordinary accuracy to all levels. He consistently throws to the open receiver. Excellent touch down the seam to fit the ball between defenders.
– Young is undersized and doesn’t come close to having the prototypical stature you look for in a pro quarterback, this however hasn’t translated into poor production. He still may be viewed as a player who could be an injury risk at the next level
– Has already missed time this year – lost time in 2022 due to a shoulder injury. This may scare some teams off
– Arm strength is not elite – doesn’t have a cannon, although still manages to get enough zip on most of his throws
In 2021 as a sophomore he exploded onto the scene while playing in 14 games as he passed for 4491 yards on 492 attempts with a completion percent of 67.1 for an average of 9.1 yards per pass, with 45 TDs, while also taking 32 sacks, and put up a QB rating of 122.3. He added 45 runs for a total of 273 yards at an average of 6.1 per rush.
As a junior in 2022 Bryce Young continued to put up elite numbers as he played a total of 14 games. He finished the year with 3325 yards and put up a completion percentage of 64.5 for an average of 8.4 yards per attempt, with 32 TDs and just five interceptions, he was sacked just 16 times, with a QB rating of 114.9. This was the third-best in the SEC. As a runner, Young logged 33 runs for a total of 306 yards at an average of 9.3 yards per run.
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