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2023 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers get their QB of the future, draft Alabama's Bryce Young No. 1 overall

Kansas City, MO, USA; Alabama quarterback Bryce Young walks the NFL Draft Red Carpet before the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina moved up to No. 1 overall and secured their potential franchise quarterback. Despite concerns about his size, Young was the top QB on the PFF big board, and his 92.9 PFF passing grade led all players at the position over the past two seasons.

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Strengths, weaknesses and NFL role

Where he wins: Playmaking

Young has that creative mindset that we're seeing take over the NFL at quarterback. He's good in structure, but when Young breaks the pocket, he's capable of special plays.

What's his role? Creator

Young is the kind of talent that you turn the keys over to as an offensive coordinator. You can trust him to make the necessary adjustments to the called concepts for them to be successful. He just sees the game so well.

What he can improve: Size

While his height isn't changing, Young could stand to add some muscle to his frame simply for injury avoidance. He's never going to have Josh Allen‘s risk-aversion when it comes to contact, but taking some big hits is unavoidable at the position.

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