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Running the Numbers: QB Height/Hand Size

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At DallasCowboys.com, I took another look at the relationship between quarterback height/hand size and NFL success.

Since teams overpay for quarterback height, I created a metric I labeled “hand size rating” to determine the relationship between a quarterback’s height and his hand size. By dividing hand size (what teams should emphasize) into height (what they do emphasize), we can get a good idea of how a player’s actual value matches up with his perceived value. The smaller the number, the better.

For example, former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper stood 6-4 (76 inches), but had only 9.5-inch hands. Our height-to-hand calculation for him would be 76 divided by 9.5, or 8.0. Meanwhile, Brees stands only 6-0 (72 inches) but has 10.25-inch hands. His “hand size rating” would be just 7.02.

Below, I calculated the “hand size rating” for some of the quarterback prospects in this draft. Again, a smaller number indicates large hands relative to height – a good thing. For fun, I also added in a few current NFL signal-callers.

Player (School): Height, Hand Size – Hand Size Rating

Russell Wilson (NC State): 5-11, 10.25 – 6.93

Brett Favre (Southern Miss): 6-2, 10.63 – 6.96

Drew Brees (Purdue): 6-0, 10.25 – 7.02

Ryan Nassib (Syracuse): 6-2, 10.18 – 7.27

E.J. Manuel (Florida State): 6-5, 10.38 – 7.42

Matt Barkley (USC): 6-3, 10.08 – 7.44

Marqueis Gray (Minnesota): 6-3, 9.78 – 7.67

James Vandenberg (Iowa): 6-3, 9.68 – 7.74

Geno Smith (West Virginia): 6-2, 9.28 – 7.97

Daunte Culpepper (Central Florida): 6-4, 9.50 – 8.00

Alex Smith (Utah): 6-4, 9.38 – 8.10

Matt Scott (Arizona): 6-2, 9.08 – 8.15

Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech): 6-2, 9.08 – 8.15

Zac Dysert (Miami of OH): 6-3, 9.18 – 8.17

Mike Glennon (NC State): 6-7, 9.58 – 8.25

Sean Renfree (Duke): 6-3, 9.08 – 8.26

Landry Jones (Oklahoma): 6-4, 9.18 – 8.28

Collin Klein (Kansas State): 6-5, 9.28 – 8.30

Jason Campbell (Auburn): 6-4, 9.13 – 8.32

Tony Romo (Eastern Illinois): 6-2, 8.88 – 8.33

Tyler Bray (Tennessee): 6-6, 9.28 – 8.41

Check it out at the team site.

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