PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
Bryce Young currently plays in a pro-style spread offense coordinated by former NFL Head Coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien is known as an offensive innovator who has coached the likes of Tom Brady and Deshaun Watson. In year one as the Alabama OC, O'Brien kept the offense similar to Steve Sarkisian's from the year prior, where QB Mac Jones threw for 4500 yards and broke several single-season Crimson Tide records. In 2021, under Bill O'Brien, Young broke the single-season yards (4872) record set by Mac Jones the year prior; he also broke Tua Tagovaloa's single-season TD pass record (48) while also bringing home the Heisman Trophy. Bryce Young is the first-ever Crimson Tide QB to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy.
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
As a passer, Bryce Young displays elite-level traits. Young shows excellent poise in the pocket on film, where he shows the ability to slide away from pressure and move through his progressions, keeping his head up and eyes down the field, looking to make a throw. Young is accurate at all levels but excels at the short and intermediate levels. He can hit the out route with great anticipation and has the arm strength to hit the intermediate out breaking route from the far hash. Young does a good job with throws down the middle of the field and can layer tight window throws between the second and third-level defenders. When young has time, he can work the pocket while going through his progressions. Young possesses good, not elite-level arm strength, which is more than adequate and not a significant concern, but at the NFL level, Young will find out that late throws with an average arm can become a pick-six in a hurry.
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
As a Runner, Bryce Young does well-extending plays with his legs where he buys time to make a throw. He also recognizes coverage and does a great job not forcing a throw that is not available before leaning on his athleticism to pick up first downs as a runner in critical moments to extend a drive. His size will be a concern at 194 lbs at the NFL level.
As mentioned above, Bryce Young is a solid athlete with a better-than-average arm. He wins with his decision-making and his ability to work through his progressions. Based on our assumptions that Bryce Young will likely declare for the 2023 NFL Draft after one more year of seasoning, he already has shown enough on his tape to have been considered the top QB in this past draft ahead of Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, and Desmond Ridder.
KEY POSITIONAL FACTOR GRADES
Accuracy (Very Good)
Awareness (Near Elite)
Arm Talent (Very Good)