The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine is underway, and the quarterback measurements Monday was the first noteworthy news from the event.
No signal-caller needed to answer questions about their size in the same way Kyler Murray did last year, but there were several interesting tidbits from the top players in the class:
|Joe Burrow||6-3 4/8"||221||9"|
|Justin Herbert||6-6 2/8"||236||10"|
|Jordan Love||6-3 6/8"||224||10 4/8"|
|Jacob Eason||6-5 7/8"||231||9 4/8"|
|Jalen Hurts||6-1||222||9 6/8"|
|Jake Fromm||6-1 7/8"||219||8 7/8"|
|Anthony Gordon||6-2 3/8"||205||9 6/8"|
While Burrow's stature won't be a concern after solid numbers, his relatively small nine-inch hands will draw some attention. The measurement is taken from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinkie, and nine inches is generally considered the minimum threshold for NFL passers.
Hand size is far from a perfect predictor of success at the NFL level (for example, Patrick Mahomes' hands are 9 1/4 inches), but it's considered a factor in a quarterback's ability to secure the football and play in poor weather.
For those looking to poke holes in the Heisman winner's near-perfect game, his hand size will be held up as a minor red flag, though he's taking it all in stride.
Tua Tagovailoa, meanwhile, came in at a height of exactly six feet to erase any lingering doubts about his size. Interestingly, the left-handed former Alabama star has a larger left hand (10 inches) than right hand (9 7/8 inches).
Former Oregon standout Justin Herbert confirmed his status as the top physical specimen of the class with a 6-foot-6, 236-pound measurement, which should help his push to challenge Tagovailoa as the second-best quarterback prospect.
Jordan Love and Jacob Eason are also hoping to be first-round picks, and their respective measurements didn't hurt their cases. The former topped the group with huge 10 4/8 inch hands, while the latter wasn't far behind Herbert in weight and height.
Fromm is one of the bigger names in the 2020 draft after a standout career at Georgia but is seen as one of the least physically imposing quarterbacks. This notion was confirmed at the combine, where Fromm measured among the smallest quarterbacks and was the pivot with the smallest hands.
Measurements courtesy: Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports