Steelers draft: QB Matt Corral a big winner during NFL Combine weigh-ins
By Tommy Jaggi
Matt Corral wasn’t expected to measure in very big, but here’s why the potential Steelers QB prospect was a big winner at NFL Combine weigh-ins.
I might be a bit irrationally overexcited for the NFL Combine, but as a football talent evaluator, I drool over the chance to watch the best NFL prospects in the nation showcase their athletic skills on a level playing surface.
To kick things off each year, the NFL Combine starts with player interviews, followed by weigh-ins. While the weigh-ins may seem insignificant to some, some of these numbers can really determine whether a player helps or hurts their draft stock.
Matt Corral is a potential quarterback prospect on the Steelers draft radar that we have all been waiting to see in action since his ankle injury late in the college football season. Corral did not participate in the 2022 Senior Bowl, so prior to the NFL Combine, we didn’t have any official measurements on him.
Watching him on film, draft analysts have had concerns about his size. ESPN listed the Ole Miss quarterback at just 6’0” and 200 pounds, and some worried that he was really going to disappoint during the weigh-ins at the Combine.
Fortunately for the Steelers and every other team that has Corral on their radar, his weigh-in numbers were surprisingly impressive. According to NFL Network draft expert, Daniel Jeremiah, Corral officially measured in at 6’1 1/2” and 212 pounds. He is both taller and heavier than talent evaluators anticipated. Corral’s hands also measured in at a very respectable 9 5/8”.
Is Corral an option for Steelers?
One simple weigh-in probably isn’t going to change much in terms of the evaluation process, but the Steelers have had a confirmed visit with Matt Corral during the NFL Combine. This is telling, and he’s a player we certainly can’t rule out with the 20th overall pick.
Though Corral doesn’t check as many boxes as a player like Sam Howell or Kenny Pickett, he’s one of the biggest winners during the first day of NFL Combine weigh-ins, thanks to some very solid size numbers.
While size isn’t everything at the quarterback position, teams have certain thresholds they look for, and that extra inch and additional 12 pounds can go a long way with front offices.
With his size coming in much better than most anticipated, Corral should certainly be on Pittsburgh’s map — especially when you consider other factors such as he is in Pittsburgh’s scouting region, he’s athletic, and he put up very solid numbers in college.
I still don’t necessarily think that Matt Corral is even a top-three QB option in the 2022 NFL Draft for the Steelers at this point in time, but after measuring in well and earning a personal visit with Pittsburgh’s brass, he’s certainly on the radar.