Quarterback hand size is a BIG deal at the NFL Combine, and people make way too much about a quarter-of-an-inch difference between prospects. Regardless, with the players undergoing their measurements on Thursday, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett can rest a little easier sitting among the top of the class.
Barrett’s hands measured 9 7/8”, good to tie (with UCLA’s Josh Rosen) for third biggest among the quarterbacks competing at the Combine. Sitting in the No. 1 spot was Wyoming’s Josh Allen (10 1/8”) and Nebraska’s Tanner Lee (10”) was second.
Hand size isn’t everything though, and unfortunately, the Buckeye’s other measurements aren’t doing him any favors. An oft-repeated storyline around the NFL Draft is about a quarterback’s height. You would think that the narrative would have been squashed given the success of shorter QBs like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, but it has not. Barrett should definitely use those two as examples during his interviews with teams, as he measured as the second-shortest passer at the combine -- taller than only Baker Mayfield. (Hey, at least Barrett could best the Sooner one more time.)
What does all this mean? Probably not much, but scouts seem to really care about these things.