Bryce Young NFL Draft Scouting Report & Draft Profile

Bryce Young is the 2023 NFL Draft's best quarterback but what does that mean at the NFL level?

by Jake Ellenbogen
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Bryce Christopher Young ended his college football career without a National Title like many expected but he won the Heisman in 2021 and he helped carry the Alabama Crimson Tide to the finish line this past year. The 21-year-old is going to be expected to help bring in a new era of football to whichever team he goes to and I believe he will be up for the challenge.


Young is incredibly mobile. He is going to do everything in his power to use his mobility to create with his arm first before taking off with his legs. Believe it or not, I think NFL coaches will want him to run more than he did in college.

He’s got great great accuracy in general but that doesn’t mean he’s generally accurate. I would call Bryce Young a pin-point accurate quarterback. He’s going to be able to make any throw from anywhere on the field and that’s a good sign for his future in the NFL.

The velocity of the ball off his hand is good enough for the next level. When asked, he’s going to be able to answer the bell and deliver strikes into tight windows. He has an extra dial he doesn’t necessarily abuse but will use throw a fast ball into that tight window.

His best comes out when his best is required. This guy is clutch, let’s be honest here. When you need Bryce Young to do what Bryce Young does best, he does just that. He elevates his game to fit the moment. He dealt with a lot of supporting cast struggles in 2022 and even in the National title game, he lost Jameson Williams early and dealt with plenty of drops. The moment is never too big for him and furthermore, when things go south, he has the ability to move onto the next play and not let the bad play affect him as the game rolls on.

His deep ball is accurate and he’s got the throwing power to make it in the NFL throwing deep. He’s not the best deep ball thrower in the class but he’s definitely adequate at the next level.

As great as Young’s floor is, I would argue is ceiling is still very high and he can still get much better as time goes on. His play style should also translate well to the NFL if the game does feel a bit too fast at first.


His size doesn’t bother me but for many that would be a weakness and so I’ll throw it in this category. He’s trying to be the first quarterback to ever go number one overall with a weight below 200 pounds. He will likely need to add some weight on him.

Young hurt his throwing shoulder this season against Arkansas. It might seem like a little bit of an overreaction but it’s something to monitor moving forward.

He must improve his internal clock in the pocket. He’s going to have less time to throw in the NFL. Young has a tendency to hang onto the ball too long where it will almost surely be a sack at the next level.

His arm isn’t a cannon by any stretch. I don’t think that’s a bad thing but some teams that need their QB to bail them out might find this as an issue.


I graded Bryce Young a first rounder and a rookie year starter. I’m not saying he couldn’t benefit from sitting behind a very experienced veteran but I do think he’s ready to play day one and would likely learn more making mistakes himself than learning from the mistakes others make as he watches from the sideline.

QB Traits Grade (0.1/10)
Short/Intermediate Accuracy 8.9
Outside the Pocket Accuracy 9
Deep Ball Accuracy 8.6
Off-Platform Accuracy 8.5
Arm Strength 8
Clutch Gene 8.8
Decision Making 8.4
Mobility 8.7
Pocket Presence 8.1
Ball Velocity 8
Overall 85/100
Rookie Year Starter (1st Round)


In conclusion, Bryce Young is what I would call a future franchise quarterback at the NFL level. He’s going to give you improvisational skills that will allow him to play day one and his overall athleticism will make the game easier for him. You can count on him to work and fit into any sort of scheme but it might be smart to incorporate RPO’s into his offense.

Pro Comparison

Jalen Hurts

I am a big fan of Jalen Hurts’ game. Both played at Alabama. I think Hurts uses his legs much more as a weapon than Young does but that could change for Young. Hurts really developed as a passer the moment he transferred to Oklahoma. Then, he went in the draft in the 2nd round spent some time behind Carson Wentz and now he’s coming off a Super Bowl loss in which he was the best player on the field and practically carried his team to what was almost a win.

Young is that dual-threat Hurts is but I think his ceiling is much higher than Hurts’ was coming out of college. Hurts looks like one of the game’s premiere quarterbacks now and there’s no reason Young can’t get to that point.

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