It’s been a month since we’ve seen Bryce Young play a game, but last year’s Heisman Trophy winner is making the most of his last chance to remind us why he should be the slam-dunk No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft.
Not only did Young no opt out of Alabama’s non-playoff bowl game, but he’s putting on a clinic in the Sugar Bowl against Kansas State.
It’s halfway through the third quarter as I type, and the Tide are rolling 35-10 over the Big 12 champs, thanks in large part to their stud quarterback.
Young has completed 12 of his 17 pass attempts to this point, for 248 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions.
Just like he has for the past two years, Young continues to display all the traits of an NFL franchise quarterback, both mental and physical. His pocket presence, anticipation, and ability to remain calm despite chaos in order to make plays when the pocket breaks down have once again stolen the show.
Detractors will point to his lack of ideal size (listed at 6-0, 195 pounds, and likely just south of both), but when you check every other box to the level that Young clearly does, his measurements should be an afterthought. Young does all of the most important things as well as any NFL team could want from a quarterback prospect, and he’s still just scratching the surface of his potential.
It’s always unfair to compare college prospects to NFL players, but in terms of where they were coming into their respective drafts, Young looks to me like a more athletic Drew Brees with a better arm. I’m not saying he’ll be a first-ballot Hall of Famer as Brees will, but he has that kind of potential based on what we’ve seen to this point.
All I’m saying is that Houston Texans fans should be thrilled.