Denver Broncos QB option No. 4: Kenny Pickett
If Kenny Pickett had bigger mitts, would we be talking about him as the number one overall pick in the class?
I am not sure about that, but maybe.
Pickett didn’t get a hand measurement at the Senior Bowl because otherwise, that’s all anyone would have been talking about. Apparently, his hands are expected to come in at what would be a historically low 8.25 inches.
The NFL’s bare minimum threshold seems to be nine inches.
If Pickett’s hands are that small, it would probably raise some concerns for teams that consistently play in cold weather or bad elements, which isn’t really that big of an issue for the Broncos because Denver’s weather is not nearly as extreme as some of the cities in the Midwest and upper Northeast.
With that said, Pickett showed this past season some of the most drastic improvements of any player in college football. He can drive the football despite not having 10-inch hands and he is capable of making plays with his legs as well.
Pickett seems to have two of the traits the Broncos are looking to prioritize in their next QB — intelligence and toughness — and in combination with his accuracy, ball placement, adequate arm strength, and mobility, he could very well be in play for the Broncos at pick number nine overall if someone else doesn’t get him first…