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Robert Griffin III says “size does not matter” for Bryce Young in NFL

Alabama QB Bryce Young (#9) buys time to throw a TD versus Tennessee
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Bryce Young possesses all the skills to be the No. 1 quarterback and top overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.

Several people and NFL pundits are concerned about his size, but we have seen many smaller quarterbacks achieve success in the National Football League, including Mike Vick, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Lamar Jackson. Young, a former five-star from California, totaled 79 touchdown passes and 8,200 passing yards in two seasons as a starting quarterback for Alabama. 

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He became the first Crimson Tide quarterback to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 2021.

Some have compared Young to Steph Curry in the NBA and Patrick Mahomes, but ESPN’s Robert Griffin III says Young is a unique individual that does not need to be compared to anyone. The former NFL quarterback also said “size does not matter” for Young in the NFL.

“I would not be concerned about Bryce Young’s size at all,” Griffin said. “In two years as a starter in the SEC, Young threw for 47 touchdowns and 32 touchdowns. In college alone, he was a better pocket passer than the Mannings’, he was better at creating plays and being efficient on those plays than Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech, so his ability to take care of his body, take care of himself on the field, and his vision has never been a problem. He’s 6-foot, 194 pounds, but he’s a Heisman Trophy winner. He has shown you he can get it done in the toughest conference in all of college football. I do not think size is a problem.”

Young finished his career No. 2 all-time in Crimson Tide history for passing yards (8,356), passing touchdowns (80), and total touchdowns (87).

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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.

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