Josh Allen’s hands helping him shoot up draft boards
Don’t you just love the lead-up to the NFL Draft? When players are poked, prodded and measured in order to find out if they will indeed have a lengthy NFL career. Yes, measurements aren’t everything when deciding the caliber of an NFL player, but they certainly can help.
Case in point: Josh Allen’s hands.
If you have followed MFST’s draft coverage you know, we have Allen as the No.1 QB prospect in the draft—and it’s not really close for the second ranked prospect.
According to Josh Norris of NBC Sports, Wyoming’s Josh Allen came in at a healthy 10-1/8 inches. That’s the biggest of this year’s crop of Senior Bowl quarterbacks. Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has all the measurements, and the guy everyone will be asking about later is Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, who isn’t playing in the Senior Bowl and not just because he has 9-1/8-inch hands. (He actually has a foot injury, no word on his shoe size.)
Hand size is an actual quantifiable thing, and it has an actual football application. The bigger your hands are, the easier it is to grip the ball (especially in bad conditions) and throw it accurately and well.
But it also takes on a life of its own this time of year, when NFL scouts log every bit of information possible and the internet dissects it to a ridiculous degree.
The Rams moved up and drafted Jared Goff even though he had little bitty hands. Some guys with tiny hands even go to get them stretched, so they don’t feel inadequate when they get to the Scouting Combine.
Is it ridiculous? Sometimes. But that’s never stopped scouts, or us, from talking about it.