Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has long been considered as potentially the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Before his pro day on Thursday, Young met with the Carolina Panthers, who hold the No. 1 pick, and one team slightly down the board — the Las Vegas Raiders, NFL Media reported.
The Crimson Tide’s pro day will air at noon ET on SEC Network and NFL Network. Young (scouting report) will throw in front of scouts and NFL decision-makers for the first time during the pre-draft process since he skipped throwing drills at the NFL Combine last month.
Young was the only top-four quarterback not to throw at the combine, as C.J. Stroud (scouting report), Anthony Richardson (scouting report) and Will Levis (scouting report) all participated.
Young meeting with the Panthers makes sense given they traded up for the No. 1 overall pick to select a franchise quarterback, and at a news conference on Monday general manager Scott Fitterer said the team is keeping all its options open. Carolina also attended Stroud’s pro day on Wednesday.
The Raiders might come as more of a surprise since they signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a three-year, $67.5 million deal this offseason. Still, the Raiders have the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft and will want to be prepared in case Young slips outside the top-five picks.
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Young isn’t the only prominent name that will work out on Thursday in Tuscaloosa. Edge Will Anderson (scouting report), safety Brian Branch (scouting report), running back Jahmyr Gibbs (scouting report), offensive tackle Tyler Steen (scouting report) and cornerback Eli Ricks (scouting report) are other prominent players expected to participate in the showcase.