Does size matter? The top 3 quarterback prospects, by the numbers


Does size matter? The top 3 quarterback prospects, by the numbers

Height and weight and...hand size?? OH MY!!

The NFL Combine kicked off Friday in Indianapolis, and one of the most anticipated pieces of information that NFL talent scouts were waiting for was revealed early in the morning. The top three quarterbacks in this year's draft were measured for height, weight, and the size of their hands. Blake Bortles measured in at 6'5", 232 pounds, and had hands that measured at 9-3/8". Johnny Manziel came in at 5'11", 207 pounds with hands measuring 9-7/8". Teddy Bridgewater measured 6'2-1/8", tipping the scales at 214 pounds, with hands that measured a concerning 9-1/4".

Obviously, Bortles height and weight are the best of the three. However, Manziel and Bridgewater posess many of the other intangibles that coaches look for in a franchise quarterback. The biggest piece of information that scouts apparently raised their eyebrows at was how small Bridgewater's hands are. Small hands are an important matter to scouts when looking at a quarterback because that directly impacts the ability to hang on to the ball when hit, scrambling, or in bad weather.

Fantasy Analysis:

I'm going to demand a chart with all NFL quarterback's hand sizes at all of my high-stakes fantasy drafts this year!!
Ok... not really. I'm not sure exactly what to make of this. Russell Wilson measured in at 5'10-1/8" at his combine, fell to the 3rd round of the draft, and promptly led his team to two playoffs, made two pro bowls, and won this game called "The Super Bowl" over some other quarterback named Peyton Manning.

Ultimately, it's my opinion that talent is talent. Drew Brees is short. Colin Kaepernick's hands are the same size as Bridgewater's. Tim Tebow is 6'3, 230+ lbs, and has 10-1/8" hands. Let's bring him back to run the Saints or 49ers... ok, stop. Again, talent is talent.

Two of fftoolbox's top fantasy players agree:
Founder, CEO, and long-time fantasy player, Ian Ritchie says, "Hand size is something cold weather teams pay more attention to, but honestly it's a non-factor."

High Stakes specialist Scott Atkins adds, "I put Arm Strength, Accuracy, Mobility, Leadership and Maturity all above Hand Size. The Texans should take Bridgewater and walk to the bank."

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Rusty has been an avid fantasy player since 2000, focusing primarily on football and dabbling a little in baseball. After dominating his local 16 team, auction league for the last 10 years, he and partner Mark Weakley have entered the high stakes world, making the playoffs and finishing 12th in their inaugural 252 team Main Event. They are also regulars in the playoffs in the auction format. He converses regularly with some of the best high stakes pros in the industry. Rusty joined the Scout Fantasy team in December 2013.
Rusty works in Training for a Top 12 world-wide Pharma company and also utilizes his real estate broker's license by owning investment properties and representing clients in real estate transactions.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Rusty resides in the Evansville, IN area with his wife & two daughters.