Jared Goff was thought to be the top QB taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. His draft stock may have taken a hit today as his hand size was measured at only 9 inches. NFL scouts typically want QBs to have at least 10 inch hands. It’s thought that quarterbacks with smaller hands tend to be more prone to fumbling the football. Penn State QB Christian Hackenburg was also measured at 9 inches.
Carson Wentz, who is thought to be the second best QB prospect at the Combine was measured at 10 inches. The largest hands in Indianapolis belonged to Cody Kessler from USC and Dak Precott from Mississippi State. Their hands measured a whopping 10 7/8 inches. Brandon Allen from Arkansas was the smallest coming in at 8 7/8 inches.
To give you an example of the importance of hand size in the NFL Seattle QB Russell Wilson and Saints QB Drew Brees are 10 1/4. Matthew Stafford of the Lions and Andrew Luck are 10. Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers are just under ten inches at 9 7/8 and 9 3/8, respectively.
Here is the full list of hand sizes for all QBs at the 2016 NFL Combine.
Vernon Adams Oregon 9 1/8
Trevone Boykin TCU 9 3/8
Jacoby Brissett NC State 9 3/4
Connor Cook Michigan State 9 3/4
Brandon Doughty Western Kentucky 9 1/4
Jeff Driskel Louisiana Tech 9 3/4
Christian Hackenburg 9
Kevin Hogan Stanford 10 1/4
Jared Goff Cal 9
Cadale Jones Ohio State 9 3/4
Cody Kessler Southern California 10 7/8
Paxton Lynch Memphis 10 1/4
Dak Prescott Miss State 10 7/8
Joel Stave Wisconsin 10 3/4
Nate Sudfeld Indiana 9 7/8
Carson Wentz North Dakota State 10
Josh Woodrum Liberty 9 1/4
It will be interesting to see if Jared Goff’s draft stock slips a bit due to his hand size.