Cam Heyward: Kenny Pickett’s hand size got blown out of proportion

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Quarterback Kenny Pickett‘s hand size was a significant topic of conversation in the lead up to this year’s NFL Draft.

While Pickett’s hands measured 8 5/8 inches at his Pro Day, the Steelers didn’t have concerns about them and selected him with the 20th overall pick.

Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward said on his Not Just Football podcast that all the talk about Pickett’s hand size was overblown — though Heyward did razz Pickett about it a little bit.

“I think it got blown out of proportion and then I just kind of ran with it,” Heyward said, via “You know, why can’t I call my rookie quarterback ‘Burger King Hands’? He will be on the show later on and I will be giving him a hard time then, but, man, the dude can still play.”

Heyward noted that Pickett’s locker is next to his at the team facility, which means he had plenty of time to interact with the young QB during the offseason program.

“I talk a good game and I like to give people a hard time, but I won’t say his hands were really small or anything,” Hayward said. “Like he’s got average-size hands and I didn’t think anything of it. He was able to throw the ball, still able to whip it around, and he’s got the ball in his hands for a reason. He was able to do it in college.”

Pickett may have average-sized hands for the general population, but his 8 1/2-inch measurement was among the smallest for a QB in the history of the Scouting Combine.

But now that Pickett is on an NFL roster, his task is to beat out Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph to ascend to Pittsburgh’s QB1.

“[H]e’s got a battle for himself and his hands are gonna be the least of his worries,” Heyward said. “Because Mitch and Mason are gonna make it tough on him.”

20 responses to “Cam Heyward: Kenny Pickett’s hand size got blown out of proportion

  1. bawlzich says:
    July 15, 2022 at 10:09 am
    No one would have noticed his hands if the media hadn’t mentioned it.

    Good grief, some people have such an irrational hatred of the media that they would prefer not to know anything. Pickett’s hand size is pertinent information for anyone who wants to have knowledge regarding the NFL.

  2. For some reason I feel like this kid is going to be a big surprise (in a good way).

  3. He’s incredibly accurate, and incredibly mobile… It’ll be a nice change of pace.

  4. The media requires content to sell, THAT is why everything is blown out of proportion by the media.
    Just wait until the Watson verdict is released, suddenly Watson will be the ‘poor misunderstood innocent victim’ and Goodell will be portrayed as Darth Vader.

  5. All player hand sizes are blown out of proportion. In other news, Merton Hanks still has the longest neck in NFL history.

  6. If his hand size is no issue, why is he wearing wide receiver gloves on BOTH hands in the accompanying picture?

  7. The measurement is relevant, but it’s one of many factors that have to be taken into account and isn’t one of the most important ones.

    For example, you don’t draft receivers based on their 40-yard dash time alone, but it’s still good information to have – particularly if there’s some question about whether a receiver is fast enough to get open at the next level.

    If a quarterback has 15 fumbles per season and has tiny hands, maybe that’s something to be concerned about. If a quarterback looks like everything you want him to be otherwise and has relatively small hands, who cares?

  8. @ Carl Gerbby

    I see you a Merton Hanks and raise you a Mike Glennon.

  9. does the ball slip out when he attempts to throw it? no? his hands are big enough.

  10. If only there were some way to determine how well someone can throw a ball besides measuring their hands…

  11. Baby hands are not good in that bad weather division. Hopefully the gloves help.

  12. For the feeble minded Pats fans Pittsburgh gets as cold as NE and he played at Pitt…..duh.

  13. Remember when the media harped on about Dan Marino’s lack of mobility? Remember when they ragged on Drew Brees for being too short? Remember when the went on about Roethlisberger coming from a tiny school with bad competition?

    Yeah, the media will always find something to hang their hat on. It’s their job to report on this stuff — love it or hate it. It’s the coaches’ and scouts’ responsibility to look into this stuff and either validate the concerns or write it off. The Steelers obviously saw no issue.

    I am excited to see how this kid plays come preseason, but I am also excited to see Mitch playing on a decent team and seeing if he lives up to his original draft position.

  14. Why don’t we wait till he actually plays a down too r two before calling him a bust or proclaiming he’s the next great one

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