For several years, NFLDraftScout.com has been vigilant in trying to create consistency in the reporting of 40-yard dash times at the Scouting Combine between the varied clockings using hand-held or electronic devices.
Now, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey has raised eyebrows with comments Thursday night regarding the apparent inconsistency in measuring hand size at the Combine.
While extolling the virtues of No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield after being asked what separated the Oklahoma signal-caller from the other highly-rated quarterbacks in the draft, Dorsey said, "It is a combination of things. I talk about hand size; he has nine and six-eighth hands. When he came in here, we kind of measured his hands. He has nine and six-eighth hands. That is good for the elements in November and December. He has feet to extend the play. He has really good accuracy. He has a quick release. He has a strong arm. His efficiency in the red-zone offense is uncanny. If in fact you go look statistically at all of the different breakdowns or categories of the quarterback position, he is either No. 1 or No. 2 in any of those quarterback positions. You know what else separates him? He is hungry. He wants to be a really good football player, and he is going to be a really good football player."
It was notable that Dorsey repeated twice the size of Mayfield's hands, especially considering that he was recorded as nine and one-quarter (two eighths) at the Combine. That discrepancy was noticed by the media, and later in the interview, Dorsey was asked if it is common for there to be differences in measurements from the Combine.
Said Dorsey, "Actually, I did it three different times to make sure it was right with three different people. Every time, it was nine and six-eighths here in our building. Sometimes at the Combine, they may rush through those processes because it is almost like an assembly line type of measurement and it is not the true measurement, if you just extend your hand out the way it is supposed to be extended. He may have just been going like that (extends hand). He is nine and six-eighths."
Meanwhile, Dorsey and head coach Hue Jackson were also asked to expound on their lack of concern that Mayfield is 6-foot and five-eighths.
Said Dorsey, "If you want to take one of those stats, if you look at the balls batted down at the line of scrimmage, guess what? He was the No. 1 guy who had the least amount of batted down balls at the line of scrimmage. What he does mechanically is he gets back faster than anybody. That gives him an extra couple of yards to see the field, extend the play and make those plays downfield."
Jackson has often gone on record saying he prefers quarterbacks 6-foot-2 or more unless they are "outliers," so he was asked how Mayfield is an outlier.
"I think you just said it. He is an outlier," Jackson said. "He is an outliner that is really good. We cannot stress it and say it enough. This guy is as good of a quarterback going out statistically that there has been. You take the other characteristics that we look for in leadership, getting guys to play and the hunger and the desire to be the best, there is no question that it all added up for us."
Including his hand size.