The discussion about Kenny Pickett and his hand size is getting old, but we’re still talking about it.
Even I needed to point that out when talking about the concerns NFL scouts had with him.
So how do you discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback without bringing his hand size into the discussion?
Simple, you talk about its attributes during the hand discussion.
He did well in the NCAA last season and it’s important to focus on those stats.
2021 has been an exceptional year for Pickett
Pickett’s 2021 campaign saw him pass for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns while throwing just seven interceptions.
– Pitt’s all-time passing yards leader
– Pitt touchdowns all-time leader
– QBR rating of 165.3 (9th overall in BFC)
– 4,319 YDS (6th overall in BFC)
– 42 touchdowns (4th in all BFC)
– 2021 ACC Player of the Year
– Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Winner https://t.co/Xw3E77DGqj
– ig: pittsburgh.powerhouse (@pghpowerhouse) April 26, 2022
The season helped him win the ACC Player of the Year Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
However, he has done more than just win player and passing awards in 2021.
He even rushed for 241 yards and five touchdowns as he showed he was elusive against defenses.
His 2021 season has also seen him improve his ball security, fumbling just six times for the season.
With his emphasis on ball safety, this should eliminate discussions about the size of his hand.
However, until he becomes a successful NFL quarterback, pundits will continue to talk about this topic.
Will being with the Steelers lead to success and put an end to talk in the hands?
There is a winning breed in Pittsburgh with the Steelers franchise.
Pickett comes to town with big shoes to fill if he’s named the starting quarterback.
— Emmaleigh Wurzbacher (@Emmaleigh6692) April 29, 2022
He will fight Mitchell Trubisky for that job when the 2022 NFL preseason begins.
However, with that success he needs comes pressure, as the Steelers are playoff contenders every year.
Since the 2010 NFL season, the Steelers have made the playoffs eight times.
They don’t often miss a playoff run, which fans will expect Pickett to help the team keep doing.
However, Pickett has a great team of players and coaches around him to help him succeed.
With the potential to succeed in Pittsburgh, he can finally put the pundits to rest with his first playoff appearance as a starting quarterback.
Pickett’s hand size is the same as a former number one quarterback
While scouts and pundits talk about Pickett’s 8.5-inch hand size, they’ve never done the same for a quarterback selected first overall.
That quarterback is Michael Vick.
That’s people. Same hand size as Michael Vick. https://t.co/iJghXHj0xH
— The Loyal Sons (@TheLoyalSons) March 3, 2022
Scouts with him didn’t care about hand size.
They never said his hands would make him fumble the ball in the NFL.
However, they said all these things with Pickett and his hand size, an identical size to Vick’s
That’s why the talk of hand size is out of proportion to it.
It also shows how easily scouts forget that they’re too focused on something that didn’t keep another player in the NFL.
If Vick’s hand size had been an issue when he was drafted, it would have made national headlines.
However, scouts focused on the talent he showed while playing for Virginia Tech.
Those people vying for Pickett’s hands should focus on his talent on the court instead.
This is where fans, coaches and pundits should judge him.