Dec 31, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) is removed late in the game during the 2022 Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome. Alabama defeated Kansas State 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
John McClain- It’s official: Young has same height as Murray, same weight as Wilson at their combines
Bryce Young’s size became official on Saturday when quarterbacks were weighed and measured at the combine before most of them went through drills for NFL personnel people at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Young, who was listed at 6-0, 194, at Alabama, is officially 5-10 1/8, 204. By comparison, Kyler Murray was 5-10 1/8, 207 at his combine. Russell Wilson was 5-10 5/8, 204 at his combine.
Young, who won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore at Alabama and entered the draft after his junior years, is the same height as Murray and the same weight as Wilson when they were weighed and measured at their combines. Both have been successful in the NFL, especially Wilson, who led Seattle to two Super Bowls, including one victory.
In 2001, there were questions about the size of two quarterbacks who were shorter than scouts preferred at that time. Drew Brees was 6-0, 213, and Michael Vick was 6-0, 210. Vick was the first overall pick by Atlanta, while Brees was the first pick of the second round by San Diego. Brees won a Super Bowl at New Orleans and should be a first-ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Young’s size doesn’t scare teams as far as his throwing ability. It’s about durability. He’s got everything coaches want other than size. It’ll worry some teams more than others. At this point, nobody knows how much, if any, it’ll worry Texans’ general manager Nick Caserio and coach DeMeco Ryans, who have the second overall pick behind the Bears and a desperate need for a franchise quarterback.
(John McClain writes four columns a week for GallerySports.com. He can be heard Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on Sports Radio 610 and Thursday on Texans Radio. He does three weekly Houtopia podcasts for 610. He also can be read three times a week on SportsRadio610.com).