Works with first team
Latest Headline: Published 2023-05-22
Young split first-team reps with Andy Dalton on the first day of OTAs, Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Dalton took the initial reps, but he and Young ultimately split pass attempts evenly with the first-team offense. Earlier in May, coach Frank Reich stated that Young would work with backups to start OTAs, though it appears he's already scrapped that plan. While it will almost certainly take some time for the Panthers to make an official announcement as to their starting quarterback to begin the season, Young looks to be trending toward that role.
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Opening OTAs with second unit
Latest Headline: Published 2023-05-01
Panthers coach Frank Reich said Young will work with the second-team offense at the beginning of OTAs, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
Given that Young was the No. 1 overall pick after two full seasons as an SEC starter, the real question is whether he'll be promoted to the first unit before the start of training camp or sometime later in the summer. It'll be surprising if Andy Dalton lasts beyond early-to-mid August with the first unit and shocking if Dalton gets the Week 1 start (absent an injury to the rookie). The strong probability of Young starting most/all of the season makes him relevant in superflex and two-QB leagues, but he's much less intriguing in single-QB redraft, as he didn't run much at Alabama and has mediocre receiving options in Carolina. The Panthers do at least have a promising offensive line, and they took WR Jonathan Mingo in the second round after signing RB Miles Sanders, TE Hayden Hurst and WRs Adam Thielen and DJ Chark earlier this offseason. The 5-foot-10 rookie thus figures to be mostly surrounded by competent players, though not particularly exciting ones at the skill positions.
Goes first overall to Carolina
Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-27
The Panthers selected Young in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, first overall.
There was plenty of intrigue as to which direction the Panthers would go after giving up a haul to move into the first overall slot. C.J. Stroud and even Will Levis were bandied about as legitimate candidates to go to Carolina, but the team landed on the decorated signal-caller out of Alabama. Young for his own part is a bit of a polarizing prospect. His production as a two-year starter was prolific, and the film shows him to be a decisive and accurate quarterback with next-level anticipation. That said, Young being a success in the NFL would be somewhat unprecedented. He's often compared to Kyler Murray in terms of stature, but while Murray was a prolific runner at Oklahoma, that wasn't much of a calling card for Young (185 total rushing yards in two seasons as the starter). At 5-foot-10 and 204 pounds with average arm strength on deep passes, there's reason for concern that the speed and physicality at the next level will prevent him from reaching his ceiling. As for his fit in Carolina, the Panthers are jumpstarting a rebuild with Young at the forefront. With DJ Moore gone, Young won't have the type of loaded receiving corps he became accustomed to in Tuscaloosa. Andy Dalton was signed this offseason and will likely fill a mentor role while Young gets ready to take over as the starter as early as Week 1. Young's redraft value is murky as of now given the team context and the questions about his transition to the NFL, but he's certainly on the radar as an early pick in dynasty and is likely a QB2 to target in superflex formats.
Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-04
Young measured in at 5-foot-10 and 204 pounds and 9.75-inch hands at the NFL Combine on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Young doesn't have ideal size for an NFL quarterback, though his numbers compare favorably to Kyler Murray (knee). Other parts of Young's profile are also quite strong, as he started 27 games with Alabama -- beginning in his sophomore season. He also posted an elite 79:12 TD:INT ratio in that span and is known for having elite accuracy as a passer.
Won't throw at 2023 NFL Combine
Latest Headline: Published 2023-02-27
Young will not participate in throwing drills at the 2023 NFL Combine and instead will elect to do so at Alabama's pro day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Stroud's decision not to throw at the combine reportedly isn't influenced by the AC joint injury he sustained during his final college season, and from which he's since fully recovered, but he will nonetheless limit himself to interviews this week. The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner remains in the mix to come off the board early in the first round of April's draft, potentially even at No. 1 overall, though his size remains a topic of contention. Young was officially listed at six-foot, 194 pounds on Alabama's roster, but he may have bulked up in time for pre-draft physical evaluations.
Heading to NFL
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-04
Young announced Monday that he will forgo his remaining eligibility at Alabama to enter the 2023 NFL Draft, Alex Scarbrough of ESPN.com reports.
The 2021 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has his sights set on the NFL after an incredible two-year run as the Crimson Tide's starter. Young will be an interesting evaluation for quarterback-needy teams near the top of the draft. On one hand, Young lacks the conventional size of a starting NFL quarterback, as he was listed at six feet and 194 pounds on Alabama's official roster. On the other, few quarterbacks in recent years have had Young's feel for the game and anticipation to go with a good arm strength and surgical precision. Young also never relied on running while at Alabama with just 130 carries in two seasons (27 games) and instead used his athleticism to extend plays and find receivers down the field rather than expose himself to hits. Even with his size as a question mark, Young is the most talented quarterback in this class and projects to be the first player off the board at his position and possibly even the No. 1 player overall.