Alabama's Bryce Young Would Be 1st QB Taken in 2022 Draft If Eligible, Says NFL Scout

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 13, 2021

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young poses for a photograph after winning the Heisman Trophy, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
AP Photo/John Minchillo

The 2022 NFL draft is considered weak at the quarterback position—so much so that executives are wistfully looking at players who aren't even eligible.

One NFC scouting director said Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, who is not eligible for the draft, would be the top quarterback selected in the 2022 class if he were eligible. 

“He’d be the first QB taken [if he were eligible to declare],” the scouting director told Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. “He’s improved each week. Mature player who doesn’t force the ball, seems to take what the defense gives him. He’s good in rhythm and shows the ability to make plays off script. Accuracy and arm strength are very good. He can anticipate and is improving his consistency. … Also, Mac [Jones] and Tua [Tagovailoa] had more talent around them. Bryce has carried the offense at times this year.”

Young won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday after throwing for 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns against four interceptions while leading Alabama to an SEC championship. He's the second straight Crimson Tide player to take home the trophy after wide receiver DeVonta Smith hoisted it in 2020.

The 2021 quarterback class is considered one of the weakest in recent memory. No signal-callers are expected to become the No. 1 overall pick, which would break a four-year streak of that position occupying the top selection. It's possible no QB will go inside the top 10 for the first time since 2013.

Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett, Ole Miss' Matt Corral, Liberty's Malik Willis and Nevada's Carson Strong are expected to compete to be first-round selections. Pickett is arguably the only one of the four who is a mortal lock to go in Round 1. 

Young will eligible for the 2023 draft, which is when he will reach the NFL requirement of being at least three years out of high school. If the former Mater Dei (California) standout returns with another stellar season, Young will likely be in the conversation for the No. 1 pick.