The NFL Draft is nearly here, which means the microscope that all of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s class are under has been cranked up to the max.
Kenny Pickett can relate.
Pickett, the first quarterback taken in last year’s draft when the Steelers picked him 20th overall, shared a story this week that illustrates the lengths to which he went in an effort to appease NFL scouts.
During an appearance on The Pivot podcast, Pickett revealed that he slept with splints on his hands during the pre-draft process a year ago in an effort to lengthen them.
“I stretched them out a little bit,” Pickett said. “I was doing some exercises. I was 8 1/2 (inches) at the Combine. I got them to 8 5/8 at Pro Day. I was trying everything I could. I was sleeping in a splint to stretch my hands out.”
Despite his prolific college career at Pitt, hand size was a significant concern surrounding Pickett prior to last year’s draft. He declined to have his hands measured at the Senior Bowl, and then his measurement at the Combine was the smallest of any quarterback present.
In the end, it didn’t deter the Steelers from picking Pickett in the first round.
His hands didn’t seem to inhibit his performance as a rookie, either. Pickett closed the 2022 season strong, leading the Steelers to wins in each of the final three games and throwing for three touchdowns and one interception during that span.
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Publish Date:2023-04-26 03:46:42