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Sizing Up Tight Ends
David Dorey
June 27, 2005
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

Team Tight Ends Ht Wt Age Exp
ARI Edwards, Eric 6'4" 255 25 2
ATL Crumpler, Alge 6'2'' 264 28 4
BAL Heap, Todd 6'5'' 252 25 4
BUF Campbell, Mark 6'6'' 260 30 5
CAR Jones, Freddie 6'5" 270 31 9
CHI Clark, Desmond 6'3'' 255 28 6
CIN Schobel, Matt 6'5'' 260 27 3
CLE Heiden, Steve 6'5'' 270 29 6
CLE Shea, Aaron 6'3'' 250 29 5
DAL Witten, Jason 6'5'' 257 23 2
DEN Alexander, Stephen 6'4 246 30 8
DEN Putzier, Jeb 6'4'' 256 26 3
DET Fitzsimmons, Casey 6'3'' 250 25 2
DET Pollard, Marcus 6'3" 247 33 11
GB Franks, Bubba 6'6'' 260 27 5
HOU Miller, Billy 6'3'' 225 28 5
IND Clark, Dallas 6'3'' 257 26 2
JAX Brady, Kyle 6'6'' 277 33 10
KC Gonzalez, Tony 6'4'' 248 29 8
MIA McMichael, R. 6'3" 247 25 3
MIN Wiggins, Jermaine 6'2'' 255 30 5
NE Graham, Daniel 6'3'' 253 27 3
NE Watson, Ben 6'3" 253 25 2
NO Williams, Boo 6'4'' 245 26 4
NYG Shockey, Jeremy 6'5'' 255 25 3
NYJ Baker, Chris 6'3'' 258 26 3
NYJ Jolley, Doug 6'4" 250 26 4
OAK Anderson, Courtney 6'6" 270 24 2
OAK Johnson, Teyo 6'6'' 255 24 2
PHI Smith, L.J. 6'3'' 258 25 2
PIT Miller, Heath 6'5" 256 23 R
SD Gates, Antonio 6'4'' 260 25 2
SEA Mili, Itula 6'4'' 258 32 7
SEA Stevens, Jerramy 6'7'' 265 26 3
SF Johnson, Eric 6'3'' 256 26 3
STL Manumaleuna, Brandon 6'2'' 288 25 4
TB Becht, Anthony 6'5" 272 28 6
TEN Kinney, Erron 6'5'' 280 28 5
TEN Troupe, Ben 6'4" 262 23 2
WAS Cooley, Chris 6'3" 265 23 2

Tight ends display the most consistency in size and height of any of the fantasy scoring positions. They come tall, they come big and as of last year, more and more are catching the ball.

# Team Top 12 - 2004 FF Pts Ht Wt Age Exp
1 SD Antonio Gates 174 6'4'' 260 25 2
2 KC Tony Gonzalez 168 6'4'' 248 29 8
3 DAL Jason Witten 133 6'5'' 257 23 2
4 ATL Alge Crumpler 113 6'2'' 264 28 4
5 MIA Randy McMichael 103 6'3" 247 25 3
6 NYG Jeremy Shockey 102 6'5'' 255 25 3
7 MIN Jermaine Wiggins 94 6'2'' 255 30 5
8 SF Eric Johnson 94 6'3'' 256 26 3
9 GB Bubba Franks 78 6'6'' 260 27 5
10 NE Daniel Graham 78 6'3'' 253 27 3
11 IND Dallas Clark 72 6'3'' 257 26 2
12 PHI L.J. Smith 67 6'3'' 258 25 2
Average for Top 12 6'4'' 256 26 4

Height - Almost every decent receiving tight end in the league last year was between 6'3" and 6'5" - not a very diverse crowd. The average was 6'4" which coincidentally describes both Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. Alge Crumpler and Jermaine Wiggins were the munchkins in the crowd at "merely" 6'2".

Weight - There is only a 14 pound difference between all tight ends in the top 12 from 2004. Tony Gonzalez (248) hit the low mark while Alge Crumpler (264) had the high end (though the shortest as well). Apparently you will want your son to be 6'4" and around 255 in order to play tight end in the NFL. At least this year, anyway.

Age/Experience - There is a bit of a misleading trend here. Last year only Gonzalez had been playing more than five seasons and still made it into the top 12. Almost all the others were between three and five years. That is twofold in reason - first, it does take a younger player to serve in the dual role of blocker and receiver. They absorb a huge amount of hits over the season. Another factor though is that college is starting to pump out better tight ends than ever before which has bled into the way the NFL uses them. Rookie tight ends have always done very little as a rule, but it only takes a couple of seasons before they are ready for fantasy relevance.

 

# Top Rookies Team Ht Wt Age
1.30 Miller, Heath PIT 6'5" 256 23
3.07 Smith, Alex  TB 6'4" 258 23
3.22 Everett, Kevin  BUF 6'5" 250 23

Rookies: As noted above, the prospects for a rookie contributing much production is very limited. The top three tight ends from the 2005 draft all fit into the main criteria for a successful transition to the NFL. They are all 6'4" or 6'5" and weight around 255 pounds. Just wait a year or Iwo before boosting your expectations.