Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is one of the top prospects regardless of position as we look to the 2023 NFL Draft. Two-time MaxPreps High School Player of the Year Mater Dei in California, Young backed current New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones as a rookie before dominating the college football landscape for the past two seasons. The youngsters have cut defenses for more than 4,800 yards and 47 touchdowns against just seven interceptions in 2021 en route to winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Alabama missed the college football playoffs last season, but Young was again named a Heisman runner-up after his 3,300-yard, 32-touchdown campaign.
Below is a full draft profile for Young, including his scouting report, prospect rankings, pro comparison, combined results, college and high school honors and overall NFL outlook.
Note: This profile will be updated as new information becomes available.
In regards to
- Age: 21
- Year: Junior
- Hometown: Pasadena, California
- Interesting fact: First Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy
Position: QB n°1 | Overall: No. 2 | Rating: 94.30 (All-Pro)
CBS Sports fictional drafts
- Ryan Wilson: Panthers (#1)
- Chris Trapasso: Texans (No. 2)
- Josh Edwards: Texans (No. 2)
- Kyle Stackpole: Panthers (#1)
Expected draft position (via Grinding the Mocks): 1.8 (QB1)
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NFL combines metrics/results
Height: 5-10 1/8 | Lester: 204 pounds | Arm: 33 7/8″ | Hands: 9 3/4″
- 40 yard dash: N / A
- Wide jump: N / A
- Vertical jump: N / A
Bryce Young is a short, spindly passer with a quick release. He is patient in the pocket and a sudden athlete, allowing him to bounce back steadily under pressure. Creativity as an athlete is borderline elite, though he won’t shy away from many NFL defenders. He too often seeks to create out of structure with too much theatrics, and the style is a bit frenetic when things break down. Arm strength and deep ball accuracy are good, not great, and he tends to throw too many from an unbalanced base – simply because he’s a very natural pitcher – which may not have enough juice to hit the intended target in the NFL. . He has the experience of reading the whole field and clicks on his readings in a hurry. It’s very accurate but not absolutely elitist, and it quickly spots open receivers during jamming exercises. Remarkably tough, despite taking a lot of bags in college. He has assurance beyond his years.
- Incredibly posed, chaos doesn’t bother him in the pocket
- Super creative to avoid pressure and can release the ball from any arm angle or platform – Tough as nails, ready to take hits behind the line or in space.
- Anticipation launcher that also reads all the terrain in a hurry
- Sometimes tries to do too much as an improviser
- Skill and arm speed are good, not outstanding
- Unprecedented tiny frame and takes a lot of beatings
- 2022: Heisman Trophy finalist
- 2022: Second Team All-American (USA Today, PFF)
- 2022: MVP of the Sugar Bowl
- 2021: Heisman Trophy
- 2021: Davey O’Brien Award
- 2021: Associated Press College Football Player of the Year
- 2021: Consensus All-American
- 2021: CFP national champion
- Career: Only quarterback in school history to throw for 3,000+ yards in two seasons (2021-22)
- Career: All-time leader in games with five touchdowns (five), second in passing yards (8,356) and second in passing touchdowns (80)
- 2021: Set single-season school marks for passing yards (4,872) and touchdowns (47)
- 2021: Seventh in FBS with an efficiency rating of 167.5
- 2021 (vs. Miami): Most passing yards (344) and touchdowns (four) by an Alabama QB in his starting debut
- 2021: (vs Arkansas): Broke the 52-year-old school record for single-game passing yards (559)
High school: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
Composite rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (0.9994)
- National: 1 | Dual Threat QB: 1 | California: 1 | All the time: 20
High School Honors: Co-National Player of the Year (MaxPreps), Co-National Junior Player of the Year (MaxPreps), All-American Bowl Player of the Year, Two-Team All-American (MaxPreps), Gatorade Player of the Year in California, High School Quarterback of the Year by the National Quarterback Club, Maxwell Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team Sophomore All-American (MaxPreps), First-Team All-State (MaxPreps)
View Bryce Young’s full 247Sports profile, here. For his MaxPreps profile, click here.