Albert Breer explains why Bryce Young's size is causing concern among NFL teams
Bryce Young was one of the best college football players in the country last season. He has elite pocket awareness, the highest football IQ among draft-eligible players and is deadly accurate with the football. On top of that, he has a strong arm that can certainly make the throws required of him at the next level.
In other words, he’s top 5 NFL Draft pick. Right?
NFL reporter Albert Breer explained to Colin Cowherd Tuesday that Young’s size is really causing concern for teams looking to trade up for a QB. Is it enough concern to pass on the star Alabama QB come April? Maybe not. But it’s why players such as Will Levis and Anthony Richardson are getting some buzz for top spots in the draft because of their larger frames and raw, yet obvious physical talent.
“If he was 6’3″ and 220 pounds, we’d be talking about him as if he was Joe Burrow or Andrew Luck,” Breer said regarding Young. “And that’s the issue here for the teams who are drafting towards the top that might look to trade up like Carolina and Indianapolis.”
Here’s more comments on Young from Breer, who also states the only NFL QB to truly overcome the size barrier with the talent Young has was Drew Brees:
.@AlbertBreer on Bryce Young:
“If he was 6’3″ and 220 pounds, we’d be talking about him as if he was Joe Burrow or Andrew Luck.” pic.twitter.com/7spYDy5EUJ
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 28, 2023
Is finding the next Josh Allen worth passing on a talent like Young’s?
NFL GMs across the country are desperately trying to find the next Josh Allen. The former Wyoming quarterback did not have superstar numbers like Young and played in a conference that can’t hold a candle to the SEC. And despite the college numbers and taking a slight step back this year, Allen is still a top 10 quarterback in the NFL right now.
Here’s the difference; Young’s football IQ and decision-making could run laps around either of Levis and Richardson right now. Young is also a far less risky player to draft like Levis or Richardson, who have both yet to really prove anything against solid opponents.
Allen’s success to turn that corner doesn’t mean either Levis or Richardson will take that same path. Young throwing for 3,328 yards and 32 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions against the top talent CFB has to offer (on just 380 pass attempts) has to count for something, right?
We’ll find out in April.
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Barry Sanders was 5’8 200 lbs and only missed 7 games his whole career size doesn’t mean everything
The better comparisons really are Drew Brees and Kyler Murray, even though it is early in Murray’s career. Young should probably try to add some more muscle to help with natural padding since the NFL seasons is such a grind, but he should be fine as long as he doesn’t get drafted into a terrible situation.
Also, Barry Sanders was such a freak of nature that it is a bad comparison. hahaha
Still even though he wasn’t the prototypical size he wasn’t injured and played a much more physical position and yes Bryce is still young and can probably add a few lbs just because he’s small doesn’t mean he won’t have a solid career
I totally agree he can have a very good career even though he’s on the smaller size and am rooting for him. Seems like a good dude who can elevate a team with his athleticism. I really don’t want to see him get injured early on like Burrow.
Sanders was solid muscle. That’s really a dum dum comparison.
Ok, how about DeVonta Smith. A thousand yard receiver this year. Good thing the Eagles don’t listen to you.
I’ve posted something similar to this a couple of times so sorry for the repetition. 2 of the QBs in this class (Levi’s & Richardson) are bigger and have tons of potential but have been hurt/injured more than Young over the last 2 years. At the same time several of the larger NFL QBs have lost games over injuries. Injuries are a result of bad luck, not size.
Wow at the number of posters talking about players who play other positions! Those comparisons are without value. The NFL’s concerns about Bryce are mostly not concerns about his weight – it is his height they are concerned about. It is a valid concern but it might be pointed out that NFL defensive linemen are not significantly taller and harder to see around than those Bryce is used to playing against in the SEC – where he did not seem to have any problems.
An NFL QB must be able to decide who to throw the ball to and then make an accurate throw. Bryce is one of the best I’ve ever seen do that. Any team needing a QB who passes on him will regret it.
Remember how concerned people were before the draft about Burrow’s “small hands?” I bet the Bengals are glad they took the risk. I think Bryce will be of great value to any NFL team with his accuracy and football IQ.