With the NFL Draft just around the corner, some of the best players in the college football ranks reported to the league’s combine on Monday morning. Among those in attendance for the first day was Heisman Trophy winner and national champion Joe Burrow. The LSU quarterback is expected to be the first overall pick in the draft, as long as the selection still belongs to the Cincinnati Bengals.
While scouts are almost in lockstep with Burrow being someone who truly deserves to be the No. 1 pick, there was one specific measurement that was made public — the size of the quarterback’s hands. ESPN reported the distance from his pinkie to his thumb was nine inches. That means his hands are the smallest of any expected first-round signal-caller since 2008.
Because there will always be NFL scouts who are looking for a reason not to select the undisputed best talent available, the reports of Burrow’s hand size quickly turned into concern for some — whether warranted or not. To his credit, the former Ohio State backup decided to make out of the measurements. On Monday night, Burrow posted on Twitter he was considering calling it a career.
“Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.”
The comment was clearly made in jest and it didn’t take long for media outlets around the country to notice the troll job. It turns out there were some players for other teams that took notice of how Burrow decided to handle the “bad news.”
Meanwhile, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows a thing or two about being underrated entering the 2020 NFL Draft. The former Texas Tech star put up huge numbers during his college career but scouts felt there was a chance he might have been a “system quarterback.” As it turns out, the Super Bowl champion was also tagged with having small hands. He also took to Twitter on Monday night to joke around with Burrow a bit.
“My small hands are doing alright so far….i believe in ya”
Mahomes concluded his tweet with three laughing emoji.
It’s no secret that the Bengals have their eye on Burrow, even if he’s made some comments in the last few weeks that have come Cincy fans wondering whether he might hold out if he becomes the pick. No matter what team he plays for, there’s a chance Burrow is going to be chasing Mahomes from Day 1 for the title of best young signal-caller in professional football.