C.J. Stroud or Bryce Young: Who Should be the Next Texans Quarterback?

Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) /
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What Would the Texans Get in Bryce Young?

The Houston Texans are currently hosting the second overall pick per NFL prediction. That would put the Texans in an ideal spot to either take Will Anderson Jr., pass rusher from Alabama. Or they could take one of either C.J. Stroud or Bryce Young.

Stroud is known for his accuracy, Young is known for his athleticism. Is either one wrong? No. But, what makes them so special is going to be the difference in who gets selected first.

This past season Young not only played well but he also performed well in terms of statistics. In his 15 games played for Alabama this past season, he threw for 4,872 yards, 47 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. On top of that he has a 66.9% completion percentage.

We just got done talking about Stroud and what he offers the Texans in terms of talent but now it’s time to look at Bryce Young to determine his value and how he could do in the Texans organization.

Player Breakdown

Bryce Young is one of the players in this upcoming draft class that you feel can turnaround an organization. I mean, despite being severely undersized at the quarterback position, he made a stance as one of the best in college. Furthermore, he also won the heisman trophy this season.

Young is an very athletic quarterback who was sought after as a five-star recruit in high school. He ended up committing to Alabama in which he took over the starting job this past season. After watching him play this past season, there were a lot of things I liked about his game. But, there were some concerns I had as well.

For the good, he was a very talented mechanic. When he gets the ball under center, he was able to show pretty good footwork on a five step drop. More than likely looking for a lane to open up. Given his height, he needs lane’s in order to get it over the offensive line. That is when he is in the pocket.

Young, when there was nothing in the pocket, did a very good job about moving outside the pocket to extend the play. In addition to that, I want to emphasize that he didn’t always move outside the pocket. He also showed great poise for a person of his size.

He had great pocket manipulation and found a way to create time for himself by using the gaps in the pocket.

When it came to his passing, there were a couple concerns that I had. However, I suspect it was a lot like the Sam Howell, Justin Herbert situations. There were a lot of times that he would force the ball to Jameson Williams when there were better options available on the field. But as I said, that could’ve just been a busted play call. But if they weren’t, then that’s something I will look for this season.

When it came to his arm strength, he had a much better arm than C.J. Stroud. He was able to really let the ball go downfield and make some great throws to Jameson Williams and John Metchie III throughout the season.