Size comes through for Michael Pittman on NFL Combine measurement day

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Wide receivers arrived for their measurements at the 2020 NFL Combine on Monday, including Michael Pittman Jr. looking to show off his size.

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Michael Pittman Jr.’s critical time at the NFL Combine began on Monday.

The playmaking Trojan receiver put four years of high-quality play on film during the span of his career, but the final piece of the NFL Draft puzzle will depend on his performance in Indianapolis.

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First up, came the measurements, giving pro teams an objective look at the height, weight, hand size, arm size and wingspan of prospects at tight end, quarterback and wide receiver.

Naturally, this was an area for Pittman to standout simply by standing up.

Very few players compare to Pittman in terms of height and wingspan. Only Lawrence Cager of Georgia and Chase Claypool of Notre Dame out-measured him in both areas.

Draftniks always like to pay special attention to hand size, particularly when it comes to quarterbacks. But the figures also play into wide receiver evaluation. It’s also the one area where Pittman came up a bit short.

While his 9 2/8-inch hand size isn’t bottom of the barrel, it’s not in the upper echelon either.

Here’s how Pittman measured up in full:

  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 223
  • Hands: 9 2/8
  • Arms: 32 2/8
  • Wingspan: 79 2/8

Teams certainly knew Pittman would measure in well at the Combine. The real test comes on Thursday when on-field workouts take place.

If there’s one worry over Pittman it relates to his speed and acceleration. A strong time in the 40-yard dash could put him over the top and into the sure-fire second-round range. If not, he may find himself waiting for selection quite a bit longer than hoped.

In the meantime, Pittman’s teammate Austin Jackson will be up for measurements on Tuesday, along with the rest of the offensive linemen.

Pittman and Jackson were the only Trojans invited to this year’s NFL Combine.

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