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Looking at Bryce Young’s tape, there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t be a superstar in the National Football League.
In just two seasons, he earned back-to-back All-American selections and won both the Heisman and Maxwell Award trophies.
The game seems to come naturally to him, as he’s an elite passer with outstanding accuracy and a football IQ that you won’t see too often on a player so young.
His ability to read rival defenses in real-time and make adjustments at the line of scrimmage is something one would expect from veterans, and it’s one of his most impressive traits.
However, as impressive as he might be as a passer, his physicality — or lack thereof is a major reason for concern.
Short quarterbacks don’t always bode well, with few exceptions like Drew Brees or Kyler Murray.
Now, his reported weight has even raised more controversy and doubts on social media, as they state he played at 170 pounds last season and could be close to just 200 pounds right now.
Talked to someone yesterday who said Young played last year as low as 170.
Nobody in the NFL should weigh less than I do. https://t.co/f5nUp00nOg
— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) March 2, 2023
170?? That’s crazy.
— Dylan (@DyFrex___) March 2, 2023
and he’ll be better than pickett
— Joseph Jopp (@JoppJoseph) March 2, 2023
regardless definitely not worth a top 8 pick ! too risky
— X (@bushlover420) March 2, 2023
My thing with this is that he has never been injury prone what so ever. He was hurt one time and came back sooner than expected. There are a lot of big guys that get hurt all the time. Jimmy G has ideal size for a QB and is made of glass.
— Rob Reger-AKA NFLDraftRegs (@Nfldraftregs) March 2, 2023
There are serious doubts about how Young’s short and light frame would hold up at the NFL level, and rightfully so.
Even so, his overall traits are so impressive that even those who doubt him would be wise to take a risk on a guy like him with a top-3 pick, as he dominated the SEC with ease in his two-year stint under Nick Saban.
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