Bryce Young’s measurables split media opinions at NFL Combine
Bryce Young under 6 feet tall and gained over 200 pounds at the NFL Combine on Saturday. The former Alabama quarterback’s official size and arguably first overall drew an immediate backlash from various media figures, from those who question his reserve due to size, or from many who overlook his height due to his collegiate work.
While historical trends say otherwise, it’s hard to argue with 79 touchdown passes and 8,200 yards in 27 college starts for the Crimson Tide.
“I’ve been this size, with all due respect, all my life,” Young said via BamaOnLine. “I know who I am. I know what I can do. I think that’s fair. Everyone can speculate and ask any questions, but I will continue to control what I can control. I will continue to work hard to put myself in a good position. And I’m confident. I know what I can do. I’m just excited to take it to the next level.”
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Here are some of the media coverage of Yang’s weighing at the mill.
Kyler Murray parameters at the mill in 2019:
Height: 5-10 & 1/8″
Weight: 207 pounds
Arrows: 9 and 1/2 inches
Bryce Young is pretty much the same today. https://t.co/8zuCrYP5Gw
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 4, 2023
Young’s initial comparison to former 2019 No. 1 Kyler Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy and starred in Oklahoma before finding his NFL home in Arizona. The measurements are nearly identical, although Murray is more of a climbing-type quarterback. Young has always been the one to pass first and then run.
Bryce Young’s 5101 is an obvious concern because short quarterbacks have struggled to throw to center field in the NFL, which is Young’s forte in college, but he has the guy’s 6-foot-4 arms, so it helps with the fumble. avoidance.
— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) March 4, 2023
You can count on the fingers of one hand how many quarterbacks under 6 feet have been elite players in the NFL, so history suggests that Young may have a problem with his height. NFL-level midfield obviously has narrower windows, and Young won’t see as many guys running free as he did in his Tuscaloosa days.
Bryce Young has played weekly against the best college football players for the past two years at the college level. His size has never been a problem in the most competitive national league. https://t.co/C5pBu1ZSjI pic.twitter.com/cnYSCSWMIn
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) March 4, 2023
Given the SEC’s level of defensive talent, Young has been at his best against college football’s top players throughout his career. With a slew of SEC A-listers expected to leave in early April, Young will see a slew of talent on the scrimmage line on a weekly basis.
Bryce Young Heisman speech: “I have always been excluded and left out. People have told me many times that I can’t do it.”
Ppl: “That’s funny, who ever counted Bryce?”
*1 season later
Same person: “Bryce is too small for the league… https://t.co/83fqVSLxAH pic.twitter.com/bZ84XEleFl
— KD (@notkdk3) March 3, 2023
Young has blasted the SEC defense throughout the 2021 season en route to the Heisman honors and did the same last fall as a junior with an auxiliary roster not as strong as earlier in his career. Young, during his Heisman speech, mentioned his size and how many doubted him from the beginning due to his height.
From NFL Now: Bryce Young will be measured tomorrow, but whatever the answers are, it’s unlikely to affect his status as a likely top pick. pic.twitter.com/9vLzrD53aS
— Jan Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2023
Young has been number one overall in various recent jokes leading up to the unification, and according to this NFL insider, his height won’t change the fact that he’s likely to be the first quarterback taken. That could change if his Pro Day doesn’t go according to plan or if a quarterback looking for a franchise opts for a taller, bigger option first.
I wrote about how Bryce Young is not so much short as short AND thin, and that Bryce Young is not so much short and thin as HISTORICALLY short and thin, and how – no matter how much you want him – is Badly.
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) March 3, 2023
It’s a challenge for Young to be one of the smallest predicted first-round quarterbacks in NFL Draft history, according to the analyst. He will have to refute the historical evidence that players of his size in the quarterback position are simply No become different producers on the next level.
So you’re telling me that Bryce Young was only 5-10 1/8″ when he went 25-43 for 412 yards and 3 TD to beat the best collegiate defense of the last decade? https://t.co/TwiqJD2oUk pic.twitter.com/Ed0rUL0JcD
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) March 4, 2023
This is more in line with the consensus of those who have watched Young analyze some of the best college football quarterbacks in each of the last two seasons as the SEC’s top quarterback.
We’ll soon find out just how tall and how tough Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is. He cannot change his height, but being around 200 pounds would be useful.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 4, 2023
Weight was considered a possible issue for Young, who many scouts believed could have dropped below 200 pounds at the Indianapolis weigh-in. A couple of extra meals on the road may have helped the former Alabama star, who officially weighed in at 204 pounds.