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Bryce Young talks pride in Alabama starting QB lineage in the NFL

Bryce Young (#9) and Javion Cohen (#70) celebrate a touchdown for Alabama versus Arkansas in 2021 game
Butch Dill - USA TODAY Sports

Critics knocked Nick Saban for not producing NFL quarterbacks, but now he has four.

Bryce Young became Saban’s fourth consecutive quarterback in the NFL Draft, following Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, and Mac Jones. Young is the highest draft pick of the group, going No. 1 overall to Carolina on Thursday. Tagovailoa went No. 5 to the Miami Dolphins in 2020 and Jones went No. 15 in 2021 to the New England Patriots. Hurts got taken in the second round of the 2020 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and is the second highest-paid quarterback in the league.

The University of Alabama is becoming a quarterback factory for the NFL.

Young spoke after the draft about the pride he takes in being in the lineage of Alabama starting signal-callers in the league.

“It is a crazy lineage of quarterbacks at the University of Alabama,” Young said. “To have Jalen Hurts, Tua, and then Mac, I understood what it meant to be an Alabama quarterback. I always wanted to do my best and try to add to that legacy because those guys paved the way for me. I watched so much of their film when I first got there in trying to learn the offense. Seeing how they developed and grew allowed me to have the success I did. I am super grateful for them and am proud of it.”

Coach Saban has a major recruiting feather in his hat with four quarterbacks in the NFL.

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