Sorry Kenny Pickett, Size Does Matter
Kenny Pickett, I regret to inform you that size does in fact matter. The Pittsburgh quarterback’s small hands are something worth talking about because it only raises concerns about playing in bad weather.
Before you go crazy on me and say “HE PLAYED AT PITTSBURGH AT HEINZ FIELD!” Yes, I know, okay can we move on? The college football is smaller than the NFL football. Also how many bad weather games did Pickett really play during his college career? Yes, in non-crappy weather conditions Pickett has a better arm, in terms of zip, than he gets credit for. However, that rainy day in Mobile for the Senior Bowl was very concerning and should be talked about more.
In that rain, Kenny Pickett simply couldn’t command an NFL-sized football. Was it only one practice? Yes. But it’s still incredibly concerning because like I said before, the NFL ball is bigger than the college ball. Although it isn’t a massive difference, it’s still noticeable. This one practice is enough to worry me about Pickett’s size. I get the argument of “Size doesn’t matter, performance does.” But when the lack of size negatively affects the performance, size kind of matters a lot.
The fact that he wears a glove on his throwing hand also concerns me, those things get incredibly slick when wet. Any type of effectiveness just goes out the window and they become a massive hindrance when wet. Why do you think receivers take them off in the rain? Why do you think receivers and other skill position players have a towel with them? Wet balls with a glove? Nope, no thank you.
Now there is still plenty of time for Pickett to prove me wrong. He still has the combine and a Pro Day. However, my stance will not change until I see Pickett prove that he can confidently and effectively handle wet balls.