ESPN Draft Analyst Believes Bryce Young Will Go No. 1 Overall
Bryce Young has yet to announce whether or not he will play in the Sugar Bowl on Dec. 31. Either way, Young’s performance over the last two seasons speaks for itself and ESPN NFL draft analyst Jordan Reid believes the Alabama quarterback will be the No. 1 overall pick come April.
“Similar to Kyler Murray in 2019, his size will be talked about endlessly all the way up until draft day, but Young has everything else it takes to be a high-level starting quarterback in the NFL. He's the complete package. Alabama wasn't as talented on the perimeter this season, but Young still found ways to win games each week, throwing 27 touchdown passes and turning in a 83.7 Total QBR," said Reid.
The former five-star prospect out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA has more than lived up to the billing as one of the highest rated recruits of the Nick Saban era. He quickly introduced himself to the college football world in his first career start against Miami and from there would go onto rewrite the Alabama record book.
Although Young does not possess ideal size, he never flinches in the pocket. Young always seems to look poised behind his offensive line, even when facing consistent pressure. None more evident than during the Crimson Tide’s final drive in regulation against Auburn in 2021. Despite being sacked seven times, Young orchestrated a 97-yard drive for the ages to send the game into overtime. He even flashed a quick smile on a fourth-and-seven and then preceded to complete a 14-yard pass and move the chains on that drive.
He engineered a similar drive earlier this season against Texas in Austin. Twice he delivered in the final seconds in a hostile road environment.
The Alabama signal-caller is an accurate distributor of the football. He throws the ball on time and on target, at times it feels like an extended handoff. Young’s ability to create second reaction plays when things break down around him is special. He has a great feel for pressure and is able to evade pass rushers with ease while keeping his eyes downfield.
Young is a very well-spoken individual and mature beyond his years, two very important qualities for being a franchise quarterback at the next level. He dealt with more adversity than any other Alabama quarterback during the Saban era and is well equipped to bring stability to any franchise in desperate need of it.