The 2020 NFL Combine got underway on Monday which means it’s that time of the year where people overreact to certain measurements of player body parts. First things first on Monday were exact height and weight measurements for the players, but then it was time to move on to the hands.
Joe Burrow, the expected first overall pick, was measured at 6-foot-3 and 1/2 inches and 221 pounds, which is actually 3/4 an inch shorter than what he was listed at when at LSU. That isn’t the story, however, the story here is just how small Burrow’s hands are.
Burrow’s hands are just nine inches, which officially puts him in the small hands club.
Kyle Murray, who is five inches shorter than Burrow, has 9.5-inch hands. As for the other top quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft class, Tua Tagovailoa was measured at 6-foot even, 217 pounds with 9 and 7/8 inch hands. Another player to compare to is Baker Mayfield, who measured in at just over 6-feet tall with 9 and 1/4 inch hands.
The fact that Burrow’s hands are extremely small won’t keep the Bengals for likely taking him with the No. 1 pick, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s coming off of one of the greatest college football seasons of all time.
With that being said, Twitter had jokes, as it always does.
It really is incredible to see some people react to this Burrow hand news like it’s something that is going to actually affect his ability to throw a football. Sure, the NFL ball is slightly larger than the college ball, but I’m pretty sure he and his small hands still know how to sling the pigskin.