Texans HC DeMeco Ryans Has No Issue With Bryce Young’s Size
The Houston Texans pick second in the 2023 NFL Draft, and they will likely be taking a quarterback. With the Carolina Panthers jumping up to one, and them presumably liking Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, this could leave Alabama’s Bryce Young on the board. The Texans HC DeMeco Ryans spoke to the media at the 2023 Owners Meeting in Phoenix and told them Young’s size is a non-issue.
“I know there’s a lot of talk about his size, but the guy’s done it at the highest level of college football, and size doesn’t seem to be a problem,” Ryans said, via John McClain of Gallery Sports. “I don’t see it as an issue because I watch the tape. You put on the tape, and you see how smart he is – the anticipation, the accuracy, how this guy’s calm in critical moments. When you see those things, size isn’t one of the factors you look at and say, ‘Oh, man, it’s a problem.’ You just look at the track record and see what he’s done in the SEC and how successful he was, and I think he’ll be successful in the NFL as well.” Full quote via PFT via nbcsports.com.
Ryans spoke on how leadership is one of the most important qualities he is looking for when scouting quarterbacks.
“Can those other 10 guys look at you in the huddle and know that, ‘We can count on this guy to make a play? We believe in him?’” Ryans said. “And then you have to look at [your] defensive guys, and can they count on him? Is that quarterback the guy that can galvanize a locker room, rally the troops and get guys to believe in him? That’s the trait, and it’s easier said than done because so few guys can do that. They’re special guys.”
Yes, the size is a slight concern, but it shouldn’t deter NFL teams from turning in the card on Bryce Young. Young was one of the best college quarterbacks over the last season and should develop into a good player in the NFL. If the measurements of NFL players really mattered all that much, Kenny Pickett wouldn’t have went in the first round last year.
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