It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers are looking for their next quarterback.
Cam Newton‘s best years are behind him, thus remaining a free agent.
Meanwhile, P.J. Walker is still a project.
With their intentions clear, the Panthers’ top brass have been attending the Pro Days of the top quarterback prospects.
However, former NFL quarterback and current NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms shared a warning about a particular aspirant.
One thing I would be concerned about if I'm the Panthers and draft Kenny Pickett…once they get on the practice field, they're gonna say "Whoa, the guy we draft #6 doesn't have as good of an arm or as quick a release as Sam Darnold." That's a reality you have to handle.
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) April 6, 2022
Simms tweeted, “One thing I would be concerned about if I’m the Panthers and draft Kenny Pickett…once they get on the practice field, they’re gonna say “Whoa, the guy we draft #6 doesn’t have as good of an arm or as quick a release as Sam Darnold.” That’s a reality you have to handle.”
However, quick releases and good arms are not the only criteria for becoming a great NFL quarterback.
JaMarcus Russell had a cannon of an arm but look where he ended up.
In contrast, Drew Brees never had a strong arm but won a Super Bowl.
Unfortunately, the team’s composition will help a quarterback thrive or fail.
Sadly, the Panthers do not have much to offer, especially on their offensive line.
Is Pickett’s Hand Size A Big Factor?
Pickett was much maligned during the Scouting Combine for his 8.5 inches hand measurement.
His hand grew by 1/8 during his Pro Day.
Even that growth puts him at the low end in that category.
Taysom Hill has the smallest hand size among throwers at 8.75 inches.
But is it a determining factor for success?
Some argue that the small hand size will create struggles in gripping and controlling the ball.
Just like to other prospects, he deserves a shot to prove himself, be it with the Panthers or another NFL team.