Kenny Pickett’s hand size was one of the most talked-about measurables heading into the 2022 NFL Draft.
With a width of 8.5 inches, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ No. 20 overall pick will have the smallest hands of any active quarterback in the league.
General manager Kevin Colbert and the Steelers no doubt did their due diligence when looking into this issue. That being said, the Pittsburgh organization doesn’t seem too concerned about it.
Colbert feels Pickett’s body of work was enough to prove himself as the “most prepared” QB option in this year’s draft.
“Honestly, I never paid attention to that,” Colbert said, per NBC’s ProFootballTalk. “We look at the results. We watch Kenny play in our environment… Can he throw the football? Absolutely. Did he have an excessive fumble rate? No, he didn’t. We just judge it on how he played.”
Head coach Mike Tomlin has a similar assessment of the incoming rookie.
“I potentially was capable of buying into that if I didn’t watch him play college football in Pittsburgh and deal with the elements that come with playing in this environment,” Tomlin said during an appearance with “The Rich Eisen Show” on Wednesday. “So you can buy into the hand size thing or you can just look at how he performed in a variety of conditions, and we have those conditions in Pittsburgh. So there was very little speculation from our perspective about how he might handle the ball in inclement weather, wet days, etc. They played North Carolina on a Thursday night, I went to the game, it was raining pretty good that night and he had no issues.”
Pickett will compete with Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph for the Steelers’ starting job this offseason.