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Did Browns' Hue Jackson hint about QB preference in draft?


INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has made no secret of his interest in selecting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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He might have clued everyone in to his preference on which QB the Browns take with a comment he made Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jackson said hand size -- a trait that draws a lot of attention when it comes to QBs -- does indeed matter for signal-callers, citing the rainy, snowy weather that QBs will encounter when playing in the AFC North.

Why is this a potential hint into his QB preference?

The top quarterbacks at the combine this week have not yet had their hands measured here in Indianapolis, but the scuttlebutt, per USA TODAY's Tom Pelissero, is that Cal's Jared Goff, one of the top QBs available this year, has "tiny" hands.

Four of the five most recent NFL Media mock drafts have the Browns taking Goff at No. 2. However, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Cleveland taking the other most highly regarded QB available this year, North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.

Wentz, who was measured last month at the Reese's Senior Bowl, has 10-inch hands, more than big enough to suffice for an NFL QB. Goff, an underclassman, didn't take part in the Senior Bowl, so his hand size is a mystery that will go unsolved until, presumably, tomorrow, when he's due to be measured at the combine.

Unless he defies expectations when paw meets tape measure, it won't be a favorable development for Goff, and it could push Jackson into Wentz's corner, if he's not there already.

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