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Sizing Up the Wide Receivers
David Dorey
August 16, 2006
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Wide Receivers  |  Tight Ends
Rank Team Top 12 WR - 2005 Ht Wt Age Exp
1 CAR Smith, Steve 5'9" 185 26 4
2 ARZ Fitzgerald, Larry 6'3" 224 22 1
3 WAS Moss, Santana 5'10" 190 26 4
4 CIN Johnson, Chad 6'1" 192 27 4
5 TB Galloway, Joey 5'11" 197 34 10
6 STL Holt, Torry 6'0" 190 29 6
7 MIA Chambers, Chris 5'11" 210 27 4
8 IND Harrison, Marvin 6'0" 175 33 9
9 ARZ Boldin, Anquan 6'1" 220 25 2
10 NYG Burress, Plaxico 6'5" 226 28 5
11 PIT Ward, Hines 6'0" 215 29 7
12 DAL Glenn, Terry 5'11" 193 31 9
    Average 6'0" 201 28 5
 

Height: While there is a misperception that receivers need height to reach a pass, the reality is that they just need the talent to get open and catch the ball. The average top wideout last year was just six feet tall and only two players (Burress and Fitzgerald) came in over 6'1". This is down two full inches from 2004 when Muhammad, Owens and Bennett raised the bar.

Weight: You must have decent speed to be a top wideout and that means not carrying a lot of weight. Surprisingly both ARZ receivers are bigger than normal but only five wideouts last year were more than 200 pounds and only one in the top six. Must have speed and that doesn't come from having bulk.

Age/Experience: Last season saw a large number of wideouts come in with less than five years in the NFL and only Galloway, Harrison and Glenn snuck in over the age of 30. There were five in 2004. The reality here is that old receivers have a tendency to have a career year and sneak into the top but they don't do that consistently. Best bet - a wideout between four and six years of experience.

     
# Team Top Rookies Ht Wt Age
1.25 PIT Holmes, Santonio 5'11" 189 22
2.04 NE Jackson, Chad 6'1" 215 21
2.12 NYG Moss, Sinorice 5'8" 185 23
2.20 GB Jennings, Greg 5'11" 197 23
2.25 CHI Hester, Devin 5'11" 189 22
3.14 CLE Wilson, Travis 6'1" 213 22
3.18 MIA Hagan, Derek 6'2" 202 22
 

Rookies: Time was when seemingly every top wideout in the draft was 6'4" but that has fallen to the wayside. Sinorice Moss is a comparative shrimp but none of the players are very big sized this year. We are coming off what it considered to be a pretty weak wideout class with only one taken in the first round so temper any expectations this year from a rookie wideout.

Those top six drafted wideouts are all the right size to become an eventual #1 wideout for a team, they'll just need a couple of years to show that they have the talent to take the job.


Team By Team Ht Wt Age Exp
ARZ Boldin, Anquan 6'1" 220 26 3
ARZ Fitzgerald, Larry 6'3" 224 23 2
ATL Jenkins, Michael 6'4" 217 24 2
ATL White, Roddy 6'0" 208 25 2
BAL Clayton, Mark 5'10" 195 24 2
BAL Mason, Derrick 5'10" 192 32 9
BUF Evans, Lee 5'10" 197 25 2
BUF Reed, Josh 5'10" 208 26 4
CAR Johnson, Keys 6'4" 214 34 10
CAR Smith, Steve 5'9" 185 27 5
CHI Bradley, Mark 6'1" 200 24 2
CHI Muhammad, M 6'2" 217 33 10
CIN Houshmandzadeh 6'1" 197 29 5
CIN Johnson, Chad 6'1" 192 28 5
CLE Edwards, Braylon 6'3" 211 23 2
CLE Jurevicius, Joe 6'5" 230 32 8
DAL Glenn, Terry 5'11" 193 32 10
DAL Owens, Terrell 6'3" 226 33 10
DEN Lelie, Ashley 6'3" 200 26 4
DEN Smith, Rod 6'0" 200 36 12
DEN Walker, Javon 6'3" 215 28 4
DET Bradford, Corey 6'1" 201 31 8
DET Rogers, Charles 6'3" 220 25 3
DET Vines, Scottie 6'1" 204 27 2
DET Williams, Mike 6'4" 229 22 2
DET Williams, Roy 6'2" 212 25 2
GB Driver, Donald 6'0" 190 31 7
GB Ferguson, Robert 6'1" 210 27 5
GB Gardner, Rod 6'2" 213 29 5
HOU Johnson, Andre 6'3" 219 25 3
HOU Moulds, Eric 6'2" 210 33 10
IND Harrison, Marvin 6'0" 175 34 10
IND Stokley, Brandon 5'11" 197 30 7
IND Wayne, Reggie 6'0" 198 28 5
JAX Jones, Matt 6'6" 242 23 2
JAX Wilford, Ernest 6'4" 223 27 2
JAX Williams, Reggie 6'4" 223 23 2
KC Kennison, Eddie 6'1" 201 33 10
KC Parker, Samie 5'11" 190 25 2
Team By Team Ht Wt Age Exp
MIA Booker, Marty 6'0" 210 30 7
MIA Chambers, Chris 5'11" 210 28 5
MIN Robinson, Koren 6'1" 205 26 5
MIN Taylor, Travis 6'1" 210 28 6
MIN Williamson, Troy 6'1" 203 23 2
NE Branch, Deion 5'9" 193 27 4
NE Caldwell, Reche 6'0" 215 27 4
NO Horn, Joe 6'1" 213 34 10
NO Stallworth, Donte' 6'0" 196 26 4
NYG Burress, Plaxico 6'5" 226 29 6
NYG Toomer, Amani 6'3" 208 32 10
NYJ Coles, Laveranues 5'11" 193 29 6
NYJ McCareins, Justin 6'2" 215 28 5
OAK Curry, Ronald 6'2" 210 27 3
OAK Gabriel, Doug 6'2" 215 26 3
OAK Moss, Randy 6'4" 205 29 8
OAK Porter, Jerry 6'2" 220 28 6
PHI Brown, Reggie 6'1" 197 25 2
PHI Gaffney, Jabar 6'1" 205 26 4
PHI Lewis, Greg 6'0" 180 26 3
PHI Pinkston, Todd 6'3" 180 29 6
PIT Ward, Hines 6'0" 215 30 8
PIT Wilson, Cedrick 5'10" 183 28 6
SD McCardell, Kee 6'1" 191 36 14
SD Parker, Eric 6'0" 180 27 4
SEA Burleson, Nate 6'0" 197 25 3
SEA Jackson, Darrell 5'11" 201 28 6
SEA Shaw, Bobby 6'1" 185 31 7
SF Battle, Arnaz 6'1" 217 26 3
SF Bryant, Antonio 6'2" 188 25 4
STL Bruce, Isaac 6'0" 188 34 12
STL Curtis, Kevin 5'11" 186 28 3
STL Holt, Torry 6'0" 190 30 7
TB Clayton, Michael 6'3" 215 24 2
TB Galloway, Joey 5'11" 197 35 11
TEN Bennett, Drew 6'5" 206 28 5
TEN Givens, David 6'0" 215 26 4
WAS Lloyd, Brandon 6'0" 184 25 3
WAS Moss, Santana 5'10" 190 27 5
WAS Randle El, A 5'10" 192 27 4

By Height Ht By Weight Wt By Age Age By Experience Exp
Jones, Matt 6'6" Jones, Matt 242 Smith, Rod 36 McCardell, Kee. 14
Jurevicius, Joe 6'5" Jurevicius, Joe 230 McCardell, Kee. 36 Smith, Rod 12
Burress, Plaxico 6'5" Williams, Mike 229 Galloway, Joey 35 Bruce, Isaac 12
Bennett, Drew 6'5" Owens, Terrell 226 Johnson, Keys. 34 Galloway, Joey 11
Jenkins, Michael 6'4" Burress, Plaxico 226 Harrison, Marvin 34 Johnson, Keys. 10
Johnson, Keys. 6'4" Fitzgerald, Larry 224 Horn, Joe 34 Muhammad, M 10
Williams, Mike 6'4" Wilford, Ernest 223 Bruce, Isaac 34 Glenn, Terry 10
Wilford, Ernest 6'4" Williams, Reggie 223 Muhammad, M 33 Owens, Terrell 10
Williams, Reggie 6'4" Boldin, Anquan 220 Owens, Terrell 33 Moulds, Eric 10
Moss, Randy 6'4" Rogers, Charles 220 Moulds, Eric 33 Harrison, Marvin 10
Fitzgerald, Larry 6'3" Porter, Jerry 220 Kennison, Eddie 33 Kennison, Eddie 10
Edwards, Braylon 6'3" Johnson, Andre 219 Mason, Derrick 32 Horn, Joe 10
Owens, Terrell 6'3" Jenkins, Michael 217 Jurevicius, Joe 32 Toomer, Amani 10
Lelie, Ashley 6'3" Muhammad, M 217 Glenn, Terry 32 Mason, Derrick 9
Walker, Javon 6'3" Battle, Arnaz 217 Toomer, Amani 32 Jurevicius, Joe 8
Rogers, Charles 6'3" Walker, Javon 215 Bradford, Corey 31 Bradford, Corey 8
Johnson, Andre 6'3" Caldwell, Reche 215 Driver, Donald 31 Moss, Randy 8
Toomer, Amani 6'3" McCareins, Justin 215 Shaw, Bobby 31 Ward, Hines 8
Pinkston, Todd 6'3" Gabriel, Doug 215 Stokley, Brandon 30 Driver, Donald 7
Clayton, Michael 6'3" Ward, Hines 215 Booker, Marty 30 Stokley, Brandon 7
Muhammad, M 6'2" Clayton, Michael 215 Ward, Hines 30 Booker, Marty 7
Williams, Roy 6'2" Givens, David 215 Holt, Torry 30 Shaw, Bobby 7
Gardner, Rod 6'2" Johnson, Keys. 214 Houshmandzadeh 29 Holt, Torry 7
Moulds, Eric 6'2" Gardner, Rod 213 Gardner, Rod 29 Taylor, Travis 6
McCareins, Justin 6'2" Horn, Joe 213 Burress, Plaxico 29 Burress, Plaxico 6
Curry, Ronald 6'2" Williams, Roy 212 Coles, Laveranues 29 Coles, Laveranues 6
Gabriel, Doug 6'2" Edwards, Braylon 211 Moss, Randy 29 Porter, Jerry 6
Porter, Jerry 6'2" Ferguson, Robert 210 Pinkston, Todd 29 Pinkston, Todd 6
Bryant, Antonio 6'2" Moulds, Eric 210 Johnson, Chad 28 Wilson, Cedrick 6
Boldin, Anquan 6'1" Booker, Marty 210 Walker, Javon 28 Jackson, Darrell 6
Bradley, Mark 6'1" Chambers, Chris 210 Wayne, Reggie 28 Smith, Steve 5
Houshmandzadeh 6'1" Taylor, Travis 210 Chambers, Chris 28 Houshmandzadeh 5
Johnson, Chad 6'1" Curry, Ronald 210 Taylor, Travis 28 Johnson, Chad 5
Bradford, Corey 6'1" White, Roddy 208 McCareins, Justin 28 Ferguson, Robert 5
Vines, Scottie 6'1" Reed, Josh 208 Porter, Jerry 28 Gardner, Rod 5
Ferguson, Robert 6'1" Toomer, Amani 208 Wilson, Cedrick 28 Wayne, Reggie 5
Kennison, Eddie 6'1" Bennett, Drew 206 Jackson, Darrell 28 Chambers, Chris 5
Robinson, Koren 6'1" Robinson, Koren 205 Curtis, Kevin 28 Robinson, Koren 5
Taylor, Travis 6'1" Moss, Randy 205 Bennett, Drew 28 McCareins, Justin 5
Williamson, Troy 6'1" Gaffney, Jabar 205 Smith, Steve 27 Bennett, Drew 5
Horn, Joe 6'1" Vines, Scottie 204 Vines, Scottie 27 Moss, Santana 5
Brown, Reggie 6'1" Williamson, Troy 203 Ferguson, Robert 27 Reed, Josh 4
Gaffney, Jabar 6'1" Bradford, Corey 201 Wilford, Ernest 27 Lelie, Ashley 4
McCardell, Kee. 6'1" Kennison, Eddie 201 Branch, Deion 27 Walker, Javon 4
Shaw, Bobby 6'1" Jackson, Darrell 201 Caldwell, Reche 27 Branch, Deion 4
Battle, Arnaz 6'1" Bradley, Mark 200 Curry, Ronald 27 Caldwell, Reche 4
White, Roddy 6'0" Lelie, Ashley 200 Parker, Eric 27 Stallworth, Donte' 4
Smith, Rod 6'0" Smith, Rod 200 Moss, Santana 27 Gaffney, Jabar 4
Driver, Donald 6'0" Wayne, Reggie 198 Randle El, A. 27 Parker, Eric 4
Harrison, Marvin 6'0" Evans, Lee 197 Boldin, Anquan 26 Bryant, Antonio 4
Wayne, Reggie 6'0" Houshmandzadeh 197 Reed, Josh 26 Givens, David 4
Booker, Marty 6'0" Stokley, Brandon 197 Lelie, Ashley 26 Randle El, A. 4
Caldwell, Reche 6'0" Brown, Reggie 197 Robinson, Koren 26 Boldin, Anquan 3
Stallworth, Donte' 6'0" Burleson, Nate 197 Stallworth, Donte' 26 Rogers, Charles 3
Lewis, Greg 6'0" Galloway, Joey 197 Gabriel, Doug 26 Johnson, Andre 3
Ward, Hines 6'0" Stallworth, Donte' 196 Gaffney, Jabar 26 Curry, Ronald 3
Parker, Eric 6'0" Clayton, Mark 195 Lewis, Greg 26 Gabriel, Doug 3
Burleson, Nate 6'0" Glenn, Terry 193 Battle, Arnaz 26 Lewis, Greg 3
Bruce, Isaac 6'0" Branch, Deion 193 Givens, David 26 Burleson, Nate 3
Holt, Torry 6'0" Coles, Laveranues 193 White, Roddy 25 Battle, Arnaz 3
Givens, David 6'0" Mason, Derrick 192 Evans, Lee 25 Curtis, Kevin 3
Lloyd, Brandon 6'0" Johnson, Chad 192 Rogers, Charles 25 Lloyd, Brandon 3
Glenn, Terry 5'11" Randle El, A. 192 Williams, Roy 25 Fitzgerald, Larry 2
Stokley, Brandon 5'11" McCardell, Kee. 191 Johnson, Andre 25 Jenkins, Michael 2
Parker, Samie 5'11" Driver, Donald 190 Parker, Samie 25 White, Roddy 2
Chambers, Chris 5'11" Parker, Samie 190 Brown, Reggie 25 Clayton, Mark 2
Coles, Laveranues 5'11" Holt, Torry 190 Burleson, Nate 25 Evans, Lee 2
Jackson, Darrell 5'11" Moss, Santana 190 Bryant, Antonio 25 Bradley, Mark 2
Curtis, Kevin 5'11" Bryant, Antonio 188 Lloyd, Brandon 25 Edwards, Braylon 2
Galloway, Joey 5'11" Bruce, Isaac 188 Jenkins, Michael 24 Vines, Scottie 2
Clayton, Mark 5'10" Curtis, Kevin 186 Clayton, Mark 24 Williams, Mike 2
Mason, Derrick 5'10" Smith, Steve 185 Bradley, Mark 24 Williams, Roy 2
Evans, Lee 5'10" Shaw, Bobby 185 Clayton, Michael 24 Jones, Matt 2
Reed, Josh 5'10" Lloyd, Brandon 184 Fitzgerald, Larry 23 Wilford, Ernest 2
Wilson, Cedrick 5'10" Wilson, Cedrick 183 Edwards, Braylon 23 Williams, Reggie 2
Moss, Santana 5'10" Lewis, Greg 180 Jones, Matt 23 Parker, Samie 2
Randle El, A. 5'10" Pinkston, Todd 180 Williams, Reggie 23 Williamson, Troy 2
Smith, Steve 5'9" Parker, Eric 180 Williamson, Troy 23 Brown, Reggie 2
Branch, Deion 5'9" Harrison, Marvin 175 Williams, Mike 22 Clayton, Michael 2