Feb 2, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; National quarterback Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh (8) looks to throw during National practice for the 2022 Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL, USA. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

It’s NFL Draft season and that can mean only one thing. A lot of people around the NFL are going to make very big deals about very dumb things regarding potential draft picks.

This year’s contestant on the Wheel of Dumb appears to be Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett, whose hand size has been a matter of consternation for some time. When the Pitt signal-caller opted out of having his hands measured at the Senior Bowl, it led to a lot of speculation about why and whether or not that was going to be an issue as he got closer to the draft.

The answer is most definitely yes, at least in terms of how much of a discussion point it’s going to be. Pickett had his hands measured on Thursday at the NFL Combine and it warranted its own Adam Schefter tweet.

For reference, that would be a half-inch smaller than Joe Burrow’s, which met the 9-inch mark that is usually considered the “minimum” size for an NFL quarterback’s hands. So it is entirely possible that some NFL franchises will think twice about Pickett simply because of this. We’re not saying it’s right, we’re just telling you what NFL people do.

For what it’s worth, Pickett is happy to move on from the measurement.

“Whatever it measures, it measures,” Pickett said at his press conference. “I’m sure that won’t be the end of it, but that’ll be the last measurement I’m sure I’ll take of it.”

He’s right in that it won’t be the end of it. And judging by the reactions on social media, there are plenty of discussions to go around.


Consider yourself lucky that the entire internet isn’t spending the day discussing the size of your hands.

[Adam Schefter]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.