Nick Saban might have 2 prospects that hear their name called early in the upcoming NFL Draft. And while quarterback Bryce Young and pass-rushing extraordinaire Will Anderson Jr. both have the case of being this year’s top prospect, Saban broke the tie Thursday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide coach said that Young was not only the best quarterback in the class, but also this year’s No. 1 prospect. Young put on a clinic in front of scouts and executives at Alabama’s Pro Day Thursday afternoon, dazzling with his arm strength and accuracy.

“We think he’s the best player in the draft,” Saban said of the 2021 Heisman winner following Pro Day action.

A two-year starter for the Crimson Tide, Young threw for 8,356 yards and 80 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He led Alabama to the National Championship against Georgia in 2021, and posted an overall record of 23-4.

Anderson, who finished with 34.5 career sacks and 58.5 tackles for loss, might be the most sought-after defensive player in this year’s class. Still, teams live or die by quarterback play, and Young could be the answer that stabilizes a franchise for the next decade.

Expected to be one of the first 2 quarterbacks selected, Young met with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday evening before throwing in front of owner David Tepper, head coach Frank Reich, general manager Scott Fitterer and countless other members of the staff. The Panthers traded 4 draft picks and wide receiver D.J. Moore to move up eight spots and grab the top selection.

Anderson also praised Young for his work ethic and development during their time together in Tuscaloosa. When asked if Young’s height would be a problem, Anderson said he doesn’t feel that will stop him from thriving at the next level.

“He’s a great friend, great brother, great teammate,” Anderson said. “And I wouldn’t rather have anybody else to be my QB on my team than Bryce Young.”