Nick Saban at Alabama's Pro Day defends Bryce Young's size: 'Ask the people who had to play against him'
Nick Saban does not buy into the narrative that Alabama QB Bryce Young’s size should be a negative as he gets set for the NFL Draft later this spring.
Speaking to Jordan Rodgers on the SEC Network on Thursday at Alabama’s Pro Day, Saban was asked if the size matters.
“I don’t think so,” Saban said. “I think you should ask the people that had to play against him the last couple of years and see if they think it affected his performance. I really don’t, I think he’s so instinctive, he processes so well, prepares so well. He’s got quickness in the pocket, he plays the position like a point guard in basketball. And his production and consistency and performance have been off the charts. Most of the time, those things will translate to the next level.”
The narrative against Young is that his frame is not as ideal as NFL scouts and talent evaluators would like.
For comparison, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud at the NFL Combine was measured at 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds, while Young was measured at 5-foot-10 1/8 and 204 pounds.
“I think you should ask the people that had to play against him the last couple of years and see if they think it affected his performance.”
– @AlabamaFTBL HC Nick Saban on whether Bryce Young’s height matters. pic.twitter.com/Ut3NIm0nmJ
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) March 23, 2023