If LSU’s Joe Burrow is really trying to wave goodbye to being selected by the Bengals at the top of the 2020 NFL Draft, he would need a lot more than small hands to force their hand.
During quarterback measurements at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Monday, Burrow had mostly protoypical size as the best prospect at the position, save for hands that measured at only 9 inches, per multiple reports.
Last year, before former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was drafted first overall by the Cardinals at 5-10, 207 pounds, he caused some Combine concern because his hands measured at “only” 9 1/2 inches. That was actual reasonably big in relation to Murray’s height, while Burrow’s hand size is considered below average for his body type.
All that said, that one little measurement won’t suddenly cause him to drop on Cincinnati’s board. Let’s go back in time 28 years to when the Bengals took Houston’s David Klingler at No. 6 overall in 1992. A little shorter than Burrow, Klingler had only 9 1/4-inch hands. In 1999, the Bengals took another big QB bust, Akili Smith No. 3 overall. So much for his 9 3/4-inch hands.
Both Carson Palmer (first overall in 2003) and Andy Dalton (second round in 2012) both had hands that measured 9 1/2 inches. Same goes for last year’s fourth-rounder, Ryan Finley.
Burrow’s skill set has been liked to a better all-around version of the Rams’ Jared Goff. Guess what Goff’s hand size was discovered to be at the 2016 Combine? Nine inches flat.
The Patriots’ Tom Brady, known for having a legendarily poor Combine in 2000, had hands that measured 9.38 inches along with his 6-4 1/3, 211-pound frame. One sixth-round pick and six Super Bowl rings later, everyone knows how that turned out.
Burrow’s hand size won’t get him extra praise beyond his great talent and championship pedigree, but it will do nothing close to bury him in a strong QB draft class that also includes Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Cincinnati will still be on him, and he’s still likely on to Cincinnati.
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