According to a Rick Gosselin pre 2007 article discussing desireable physical measurements by position, a high prospect receiver's hands should measure at least 9 inches; Ginn's measures 10in.
As an aside, he also mentions that the minimum desireable QB height is 6ft3inches. Neither Beck nor Henne measure up but then again neither does Brees. But please read on when it comes to hands measurements.
Interestingly from the Walker Football Eval, I note that of the top 4 QBs drafted this year, Henne's hands at 9inches are the smallest . edit:but in Sportsline.com they're listed at a more acceptable 93/8th.. Whichever is correct, they're still smaller than Becks.
***For all the Beck critics who complain his hands are too small, in reality at 9.75 inches, they're actually larger than Henne's... and surprisingly Flacco's whose measure 9 5/8.
(under agility tests)
excerpted from Gosselin's article, the whole of which makes for good reading.
Big hands catch on
Wide receivers come in all sizes. Pro Bowler Steve Smith is 5-9, and Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, the top receiver in the 2007 draft, goes 6-5, 239 pounds. But hand size is critical at this position.
Bigger hands translate to more reliable hands on draft day. Nine-inch hands are good, 10-inch hands are better. Johnson has hands that measure 9¾. Ted Ginn Jr. of Ohio State is six inches shorter (5-11) than Johnson but has bigger hands. They measure 10 inches across. David Clowney of Virginia Tech has 10¼-inch hands. He's 6-0, 188 pounds with 4.39 speed. The NFL loves his measurables.
Wideouts with small hands generally are moved to defensive back earlier in their football careers. The only cornerback on this draft board with 10-inch hands is Marcus McCauley of Fresno State (10¼).