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Sizing Up the Tight Ends
David Dorey
August 16, 2006
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Wide Receivers  |  Tight Ends
Rank Team Top 12 TE - 2005 Ht Wt Age Exp
1 SD Gates, Antonio 6'4" 260 25 2
2 NYG Shockey, Jeremy 6'5" 253 25 3
3 BAL Heap, Todd 6'5" 252 25 4
4 WAS Cooley, Chris 6'3" 250 23 1
5 ATL Crumpler, Alge 6'2" 262 28 4
6 DAL Witten, Jason 6'5" 261 23 2
7 KC Gonzalez, Tony 6'5" 251 29 8
8 MIA McMichael, Randy 6'3" 235 26 3
9 SEA Stevens, Jerramy 6'7" 265 26 3
10 PHI Smith, L.J. 6'3" 258 25 2
11 PIT Miller, Heath 6'5" 256 23 1
12 TEN Troupe, Ben 6'4" 270 23 2
    Average 6'4" 256 25 3
 

Height - As expected, the top tight ends are certainly tall and realize that these are receiving tight ends - not just blocking tight ends that tend to be even bigger. The average of 6'4" is actually shorter than the average of all tight ends. Slightly smaller packages give more speed which is needed for a receiver - not a blocker.

Weight - Big boys compared to the wideout brethren, most top tight ends are over 250 pounds - only McMichael falls below that mark. But then only one tight end was over 261 pounds - Todd Heap. That's a pretty small variation for such big players.

Age/Experience - This is a mild surprise really. The average age of a top tight end was just 25 and they had played only three years. However - this is a function of college producing more receivers from the position and the NFL finally deciding to use them in the passing scheme more. What is truly amazing - only Gonzalez had more than 4 years of experience of the top dozen players last year.

     
# Team By Team Ht Wt Age
1.06 SF Davis, Vernon 6'3" 253 22
1.28 JAC Lewis, Marcedes 6'6" 262 22
2.14 STL Klopfenstein, Joe 6'5" 256 23
2.21 DAL Fasano, Anthony 6'4" 258 22
2.29 DEN Scheffler, Tony 6'5" 250 23
3.08 ARI Pope, Leonard 6'8" 265 23
3.22 NE Thomas, Dave 6'3" 248 23
3.29 STL Byrd, Dominique 6'4" 254 22

 

Rookies - Those youngsters that were in the top 12 last year almost never did anything as rookies. But look at what consistency those drafted tight ends had in height and weight against those who were successful last year. Almost identical. This was helped a bit by the 6'8" Leonard Pope in Arizona but in terms of height and weight - they are all consistent with what works in the NFL.

Notice too that no 21 year olds were drafted last April. These players had at least three years in college before declaring for the draft and all were noted receivers for their colleges.


Team By Team Ht Wt Age Exp
ARZ Edwards, Eric 6'5" 257 26 2
ATL Crumpler, Alge 6'2" 262 29 5
BAL Heap, Todd 6'5" 252 26 5
BUF Royal, Robert 6'4" 260 27 3
CAR Mangum, Kris 6'4" 252 33 8
CHI Clark, Desmond 6'3" 254 29 7
CIN Kelly, Reggie 6'4" 255 29 7
CLE Winslow, Kellen 6'4" 250 23 2
DAL Witten, Jason 6'5" 261 24 3
DEN Alexander, Stephen 6'4" 250 31 8
DET Pollard, Marcus 6'3" 247 34 11
GB Franks, Bubba 6'6" 265 28 6
HOU Bruener, Mark 6'4" 258 34 11
IND Clark, Dallas 6'3" 252 27 3
JAX Brady, Kyle 6'6" 278 34 11
KC Gonzalez, Tony 6'5" 251 30 9
MIA McMichael, Randy 6'3" 235 27 4
Team By Team Ht Wt Age Exp
MIN Wiggins, Jermaine 6'2" 260 31 6
NE Watson, Ben 6'3" 253 26 2
NO Conwell, Ernie 6'2" 255 34 10
NO Hilton, Zachary 6'8" 268 26 3
NYG Shockey, Jeremy 6'5" 253 26 4
NYJ Baker, Chris 6'3" 258 27 4
NYJ Jolley, Doug 6'4" 250 27 4
OAK Anderson, Courtney 6'6" 270 26 2
PHI Smith, L.J. 6'3" 258 26 3
PIT Miller, Heath 6'5" 256 24 2
SD Gates, Antonio 6'4" 260 26 3
SEA Mili, Itula 6'4" 260 33 9
SEA Stevens, Jerramy 6'7" 265 27 4
SF Johnson, Eric 6'3" 256 27 5
TB Smith, Alex 6'4" 258 24 2
TEN Kinney, Erron 6'6" 275 29 6
TEN Troupe, Ben 6'4" 270 24 2
WAS Cooley, Chris 6'3" 250 24 2

By Height Ht By Weight Wt By Age Age By Experience Exp
Hilton, Zachary 6'8" Brady, Kyle 278 Pollard, Marcus 34 Pollard, Marcus 11
Stevens, Jerramy 6'7" Kinney, Erron 275 Bruener, Mark 34 Bruener, Mark 11
Franks, Bubba 6'6" Anderson, Courtney 270 Brady, Kyle 34 Brady, Kyle 11
Brady, Kyle 6'6" Troupe, Ben 270 Conwell, Ernie 34 Conwell, Ernie 10
Anderson, Courtney 6'6" Hilton, Zachary 268 Mangum, Kris 33 Gonzalez, Tony 9
Kinney, Erron 6'6" Franks, Bubba 265 Mili, Itula 33 Mili, Itula 9
Edwards, Eric 6'5" Stevens, Jerramy 265 Alexander, Stephen 31 Mangum, Kris 8
Heap, Todd 6'5" Crumpler, Alge 262 Wiggins, Jermaine 31 Alexander, Stephen 8
Witten, Jason 6'5" Witten, Jason 261 Gonzalez, Tony 30 Clark, Desmond 7
Gonzalez, Tony 6'5" Royal, Robert 260 Crumpler, Alge 29 Kelly, Reggie 7
Shockey, Jeremy 6'5" Wiggins, Jermaine 260 Clark, Desmond 29 Franks, Bubba 6
Miller, Heath 6'5" Gates, Antonio 260 Kelly, Reggie 29 Wiggins, Jermaine 6
Royal, Robert 6'4" Mili, Itula 260 Kinney, Erron 29 Kinney, Erron 6
Mangum, Kris 6'4" Bruener, Mark 258 Franks, Bubba 28 Crumpler, Alge 5
Kelly, Reggie 6'4" Baker, Chris 258 Royal, Robert 27 Heap, Todd 5
Winslow, Kellen 6'4" Smith, L.J. 258 Clark, Dallas 27 Johnson, Eric 5
Alexander, Stephen 6'4" Smith, Alex 258 McMichael, Randy 27 McMichael, Randy 4
Bruener, Mark 6'4" Edwards, Eric 257 Baker, Chris 27 Shockey, Jeremy 4
Jolley, Doug 6'4" Miller, Heath 256 Jolley, Doug 27 Baker, Chris 4
Gates, Antonio 6'4" Johnson, Eric 256 Stevens, Jerramy 27 Jolley, Doug 4
Mili, Itula 6'4" Kelly, Reggie 255 Johnson, Eric 27 Stevens, Jerramy 4
Smith, Alex 6'4" Conwell, Ernie 255 Edwards, Eric 26 Royal, Robert 3
Troupe, Ben 6'4" Clark, Desmond 254 Heap, Todd 26 Witten, Jason 3
Clark, Desmond 6'3" Watson, Ben 253 Watson, Ben 26 Clark, Dallas 3
Pollard, Marcus 6'3" Shockey, Jeremy 253 Hilton, Zachary 26 Hilton, Zachary 3
Clark, Dallas 6'3" Heap, Todd 252 Shockey, Jeremy 26 Smith, L.J. 3
McMichael, Randy 6'3" Mangum, Kris 252 Anderson, Courtney 26 Gates, Antonio 3
Watson, Ben 6'3" Clark, Dallas 252 Smith, L.J. 26 Edwards, Eric 2
Baker, Chris 6'3" Gonzalez, Tony 251 Gates, Antonio 26 Winslow, Kellen 2
Smith, L.J. 6'3" Winslow, Kellen 250 Witten, Jason 24 Watson, Ben 2
Johnson, Eric 6'3" Alexander, Stephen 250 Miller, Heath 24 Anderson, Courtney 2
Cooley, Chris 6'3" Jolley, Doug 250 Smith, Alex 24 Miller, Heath 2
Crumpler, Alge 6'2" Cooley, Chris 250 Troupe, Ben 24 Smith, Alex 2
Wiggins, Jermaine 6'2" Pollard, Marcus 247 Cooley, Chris 24 Troupe, Ben 2
Conwell, Ernie 6'2" McMichael, Randy 235 Winslow, Kellen 23 Cooley, Chris 2