Potential top pick Bryce Young measures similarly to former No. 1 pick Kyler Murray
Former Alabama quarterback Bryce Young could be selected as next month’s first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The winner of the 2021 Heisman Trophy enters the draft after a spectacular college career and playing in the 2022 national championship game.
Young will compete with Ohio State’s CJ Stroud to be the board’s first quarterback in April.
Despite its great play in alabamaYoung’s stature has come under scrutiny at the NFL Combine.
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On Saturday, Young was officially listed as 5 feet, 10 ⅛ inches and 204 pounds.
His weight would make him the lightest quarterback to have been taken in the first round since 2006, and his height would make Young one of the shortest quarterbacks since the 1967 merger of the AFL and NFL.
The shortest first-round quarterback since that year is Kyler Murray. The Cardinals of Arizona drafted him with the first pick of the 2019 draft.
Murray measured in at 5 feet, 10 and one-eighth inches and 207 pounds.
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“I’ve respectfully been so great all my life,” Young said. “I know who I am, I know what I can do. To me it’s fair. Anyone can speculate, ask me any question. I keep checking what I can control, keep trying my very best….I have faith in myself. I know what I can do.”
The Chicago Bears owns the No. 1 choice in the design, but what they do with the selection remains a mystery.
After drafting quarterback Justin Fields in the first round of the 2021 draft, Chicago could trade for a big draw and stay below center with Fields.
They can also take a quarterback with the first pick and trade fields or use the pick for a position of distress.
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Bears general manager Ryan Poles said the organization is leaning toward moving pick.
“We’ve always leaned [toward trading back from No. 1] because Justin has done some really good things,” Poland said from the scouting group on Tuesday, according to ESPN. “I’m excited about where his game is going.
“But at the same time, if you’re on one overall in our situation, you have to do your due diligence. You have to research everything. You have to spend time with those guys to make sure we made the right decision.
“What’s important to me – and I think everyone knows me by now and how I want to treat our players – we’ll be communicating with Justin along the way to make sure he knows what we’re doing and nothing is a problem. It’s a surprise to him .”
Young said Friday that he met with the Bears and the Houston Texans at the combine harvester.