Bryce Young: The Smallest QB in the 2021 NFL Draft
Bryce Young is the most talented quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft class, yet he is also one of the smallest. At Alabama, he was listed at 6 feet tall, 194 pounds, and at the NFL Scouting Combine, the numbers are a bit different. Young was measured at 5-foot-10 and 1/8, 204 pounds, and his hand size is 9 and 3/4 inches. He is similar to Arizona Cardinals signal caller Kyler Murray in nearly every category, who was the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma in the 2019 draft.
Young has been questioned about his size throughout the pre-draft process and he downplayed any concerns teams may have about it. He said, “I’ve been this size, respectfully, my whole life. I know who I am, I know what I can do. For me, it's fair, everyone can speculate, ask me every question, I'm going to continue to control what I can control, continue to keep working my hardest. … I'm confident in myself, I know what I can do.”
Young won the Heisman Trophy in 2021 and in his two years as the Crimson Tide’s QB1 — both under new Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien — completed 65.9 percent of his passes while throwing for 79 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. He positioned himself well entering the draft, becoming the current favorite to be selected first overall in late April.
Young would make history as the first QB taken in the first round to weigh less than 207 pounds, should he be selected. He would join Kyler Murray, who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 draft, who measured 5-10 1/8, 207 pounds, at the combine that year.
Young's style of passing, which involves dropping back and only running when necessary, will not be successful in the NFL since the linemen are too fast for him. In order for Young to succeed, he must make up for his smaller and lighter stature with exceptional skills in other areas. He is spectacular in ways that his very good numbers don’t fully get across. His vertical and broad jump at the combine were 38 inches and 11 feet, respectively, both very impressive figures.
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