Will Patrick Mahomes’ Small Hands Tank His NFL Draft Stock?
Patrick Mahomes has officially started the NFL Combine, and his size is in question. Not his height – he was measured at 6’2″. Or his weight of 225 lbs. But rather, his hand size.
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9 2/8 hand
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) March 2, 2017
Apparently, Patrick Mahomes has small hands — 9.25” to be exact. It’s the second smallest hand size in the class of 2017 quarterbacks, tied with Davis Webb and ahead of Jerod Evans.
Chris Burke of SI.com says” “Mahomes’ hands are right on the cutoff point for where NFL teams can start to panic—at nine inches or below, ball security becomes a concern.”
It’s been a thought through the years that smaller hands equals more fumbles or less accuracy.
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But it’s not all bad news for Mahomes. Jared Goff was drafted number one overall despite his “tiny burger king hands,” and Tony Romo’s hands aren’t even 9″, sitting at 8.875″. Obviously, Goff hasn’t proven himself on the field in the NFL, but he has proven that NFL teams aren’t scared by the size of a prospect’s hands.
Also, as far as quarterbacks in the NFL with small hands go, Aaron Rodgers has a 9.38″ hand.
To give Patrick Mahomes an NFL comparison on hand size, Teddy Bridgewater has a similar hand size and shape at 9.25″. On the other side of the hand scale, Dak Prescott has a 10.875″ hands. Enormous.
The fact is, hand size has no provable bearing on success, but that’s the nature of the NFL Combine. Teams will try to find every reason not to draft a guy, and then pick the prospect that has the least amount of negatives.
In my opinion, the size Patrick Mahomes hands will not come up again before the NFL Draft and will not be a story line moving forward — especially if he throws well at the Combine.
The quarterbacks are scheduled to preform on the field Saturday, March 4th.