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Bryce Young in position to be Alabama’s first No. 1 pick in common NFL Draft era

Alabama QB Bryce Young (#9) directs wide receivers downfield against Mississippi State
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The University of Alabama football program has had numerous first-round picks in its history for the NFL Draft.

However, it has never produced a No. 1 overall pick in the common draft. Nick Saban can change that for himself and the institution with quarterback, Bryce Young. Several mock drafts and draft experts have the California native as the No. 1 pick for April’s event. As a former five-star in 2020, Young served as Mac Jones’ backup on a College Football Playoff National Championship team. He became a starter in 2021 and set the world on fire, becoming the first Tide signal-caller to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Young increased his legendary status last year, despite not winning a national title as a starter.

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He is the favorite to be the first overall draft pick, according to NFL Rookie Watch.

This year’s draft class is filled with talented prospects, but Young appears to be the toast of the class. 

He finished his career at Alabama ranked No. 2 all-time for passing yards (8,356), passing touchdowns (80), and total touchdowns (87). Young led the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship in 2021 and was a two-time team captain. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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