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Steelers GM Minimizes Kenny Pickett’s Hand Size Issue

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is searching for a new quarterback, and that will be a process where every part of every available quarterback is scrutinized. That goes from statistics, their tape, and of course, their physical measurements. Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett is currently experiencing that as it pertains to his hand size.

Pickett’s hands are reportedly very small, measuring well under nine inches according to reports. His right thumb is doubled-jointed, as well, which adds an entirely different wrinkle to the conversation. However, at large, the more important thing to take into account is that Pickett did not get his hands measured at the Senior Bowl. He plans to do that at the NFL Combine next week.

For the Steelers, hand size could be an issue. Colbert spoke at length to the media on Monday and brushed off concerns of hand size as an issue. Using the example of stud receiver Herman Moore, who Colbert drafted in Detroit, he looks more at statistics rather than the innate hand size measurement.

“We do every measurement known,” Colbert said. “Sometimes, those things are misleading. I always tell the story, when people talk about hand size, Herman Moore was a great receiver that we had with the Detroit Lions. Herman Moore was 6-foot-4, but his hands measured 8 1/2. Herman Moore had great hands. Well, Herman couldn’t spread his fingers, but his fingers were very long. So, sometimes we get caught up in that. I’d look at more statistics from a fumble standpoint. How did the player lose the ball if he fumbled it? How does he deliver? Does it get to where it needs to get to? We take in as much information as we can, but in general, we’re just going to evaluate the player overall.”

For Pickett’s prospects with the Steelers, that would seem to spell some good omens for him. Pickett had 26 total fumbles over his career at Pitt, which is one of the higher marks across the NCAA in that timespan. He lessened that just three in 2021, but the issue could present itself. Still, for Colbert and the Steelers, it seems they will not eliminate a quarterback just because of their hand size measurement.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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SRS
SRS
3 months ago

How do they compare to Marco Rubio’s?

Section 122
Section 122
3 months ago
Reply to  SRS

Lil Marco still has the smallest hands.

Section 122
Section 122
3 months ago

It won’t matter because he will off the board and done with his post draft press conference before the Steelers have their pick.

Steelers
Steelers
3 months ago

My only problem with pickett is that he couldnt close the game against miami. Using that same standard of evaluation howell didnt exactly win a national title either when he had a good team with unc in 2020.

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Pj moore
Pj moore
3 months ago
Reply to  Steelers

You can’t blame Pickett for not closing a game when he did everything to even keep it close the defense and krull were to blame for that

Steelers
Steelers
2 months ago
Reply to  Pj moore

The pitt d could of been better but i think that was more a great offensive performance from miami than it was bad d on pitts behalf. But none of that even matters. Pitt was in position to win at the end of the game and pickett threw an interception. He will be in that exact situation at least 1/3rd of his games at the pro level and he needs to be able to get it done. I like him way more than any of the qbs in the 2022 draft class as he displays the ability to win, not… Read more »

Mike
Mike
2 months ago

I’m not sure mason is the solution

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