Bryce Young measures up at scouting combine

 To his credit, Bryce Young knew what was coming as soon as he stepped onto a podium at the scouting combine Friday morning.

The Alabama quarterback, who is listed at 6-foot-even and 194 pounds and will be officially weighed and measured by the league tomorrow,

has been answering questions about his stature as long as he's played.

So when he took his place for the media portion of his week next to the table of Florida wide receiver Justin Shorter, the wait for the question was shorter still.

"I've been this size, respectfully, my whole life," he said with a laugh,

 less than a minute into his appearance before the assembled media. "I know who I am;

I know what I can do. And for me, I think it's fair. Everyone can speculate and ask whatever question is necessary.

"But I'm going to control what I can control and keep working my hardest to put myself in the best position.

I'm confident in myself, I know what I can do, and I'm just excited to get to the next level."

A lot of Young's interview went like that: the calm, the poise, the on-script lines he's said hundreds of times already.

 But his ability to go off-script, his ability to improvise,

 and his ability to produce at the highest level are why NFL teams are likely willing to overlook the measurements.

All the stats, the Heisman Trophy, and the national title point to the fact this guy can play,

and teams are willing to consider him alongside some of the short-guy exceptions in a league that's built for larger players.


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