The most important measurement for Baker Mayfield was even better at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday than at the Senior Bowl in January.
The Oklahoma quarterback measured at 6 feet and 5/8 inches tall at the combine, actually 1/4 inch taller than his Senior Bowl measurement of 6 feet, 3/8 inches. However, his hand size measured 1/4 inch smaller than at the Senior Bowl at 9 1/4 inches.
Hand 9 1/4
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Mayfield obviously isn’t growing. There are sometimes discrepancies between measurements at the Senior Bowl and at the combine. However, since one of the major concerns about Mayfield was his height, his combine measurement can only improve his stock.
Former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell dismissed the worries about Mayfield’s height earlier this week, comparing Mayfield’s situation with that of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who is shorter than 6 feet tall.
“This guy’s [one inch] taller than Russ. They’ve been that height their whole life, so they work with it,” Bevell said. “You’re not trying to throw over him; you’re trying to throw in lanes. You know what’s not showing up with Mayfield? Batted balls. If his height is a concern, you’re looking for balls getting tipped and batted down at the line. The height is not showing up as an issue for me.”
It’s worth noting that Mayfield’s hand size, a measurement that sometimes fascinates teams when they evaluate quarterbacks, was smaller than that of Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson.
Mayfield and the rest of the quarterbacks in Indianapolis will take the field for on-field passing drills on Saturday.