Former Alabama quarterback Bryce Young could possibly be chosen as subsequent month’s first general choose within the 2023 NFL Draft.
The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner enters the draft after a spectacular faculty profession and taking part in within the 2022 nationwide championship sport.
Young can be competing with Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud to be the primary quarterback off the board in April.
Despite his superb play at Alabama, Young’s stature has been scrutinized on the NFL Combine.
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On Saturday, Young formally was listed as 5-feet, 10 ⅛ inches and 204 kilos.
His weight would make him the lightest quarterback taken within the first spherical since 2006, and his top would make Young one of many shortest quarterbacks to be drafted because the AFL and NFL merged in 1967.
The shortest first-round quarterback taken since that yr is Kyler Murray. The Arizona Cardinals drafted him with the primary choose of the 2019 draft.
Murray measured at 5 ft, 10 and one-eighth inches and 207 kilos.
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“I’ve been this size, respectfully, my whole life,” Young stated. “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.”
The Chicago Bears personal the No. 1 choose within the draft, however what they do with the choice stays a thriller.
After drafting quarterback Justin Fields within the first spherical of the 2021 draft, Chicago might commerce down for a giant haul and follow Fields below heart.
They might additionally take a quarterback with the primary choose and commerce Fields or use the choose for a place of want.
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Bears basic supervisor Ryan Poles stated the group is leaning towards transferring the choose.
“We’ve always leaned [toward trading back from No. 1] because Justin did some really good things,” Poles stated Tuesday from the scouting mix, in keeping with ESPN. “I’m excited about where his game is going to go.
“But, on the similar time, if you sit in our scenario at one general, it’s a must to do your due diligence. You have to analyze all the pieces. You need to spend time with these guys simply to ensure we’re making the correct choice.
“What’s important to me — and I think everyone knows me by now and how I want to treat our players — we’ll be in communication with Justin along the way just to make sure that he knows what we’re doing and nothing is a surprise to him.”
Young stated Friday he met with the Bears and the Houston Texans on the mix.