Vikings 2023 NFL draft scouting report: Alabama QB Bryce Young

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Bryce Young

  • Alabama

  • Height-6000

  • Weight-194 lbs

  • Third-year junior

  • 5-Star recruit per 247 Sports

  • Stats: 65.8%, 8,356 yards, 80 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 139 carries, 162 yards, 1.2 yards per carry, 7 touchdowns

  • Games watched: Georgia 2021 (National Title Game), Texas 2022, Mississippi State 2022, LSU 2022, Kansas State 202


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Young is one of the best playmakers at the quarterback position that we have seen in some time. He has a knack to make the big play and that comes from his excellent poise. No matter the situation, Young is primed to make a big play.

He is incredibly patient and poised in the pocket. Nothing phases him in the slightest. Young is always looking to attack done the field and doesn’t panic when pressure comes at him.

Young is a capable passer. He can make every throw that you need from an NFL quarterback. He especially succeeds with accuracy and throwing in rhythm. He keeps his base solid underneath and doesn’t stray from his upper half.


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Despite how talented Young is, there are some concerns. The main one is his size. He is listed at six feet tall and 194 lbs but he looks significantly smaller than that. Having a frame that small could end up being a real issue. Even the smaller quarterbacks like Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson had thicker frames and weighed significantly more than 200 lbs.

Along with that, Young doesn’t have plus-arm talent. He can make all the throws but nothing about his arm is special. He isn’t going to make any spectacular throws nor is he going to wow you with game-breaking plays unless he creates outside of structure.

Young also is too comfortable in the pocket. His internal clock isn’t where it needs to be and, while it didn’t cost him at Alabama, it could become a major issue at the next level.


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87.1/100 First Round

Young is an excellent prospect and could easily go first overall. However, with the questions of his frame and not having elite arm talent knock him down slightly for me. He can definitely overcome those areas, but that’s why he’s slightly lower for me than he will be for others and also why he will be behind C.J. Stroud.

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Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire