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Sizing Up the Tight Ends
David Dorey
July 5, 2007
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends
# Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
1 SD Antonio Gates 6'4" 260 27 4
2 ATL Alge Crumpler 6'2" 262 30 6
3 KC Tony Gonzalez 6'5" 251 31 10
4 BAL Todd Heap 6'5" 252 27 6
5 WAS Chris Cooley 6'3" 265 25 3
6 CLE Kellen Winslow 6'4" 248 24 3
7 NYG Jeremy Shockey 6'5" 251 27 5
8 CHI Desmond Clark 6'3" 254 30 8
9 PHI L.J. Smith 6'3" 258 27 4
10 NE Benjamin Watson 6'3" 255 27 3
    Average Top 10 6'4" 256 27 5

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. Most tight ends are 6'5" or even taller but you need the slightly smaller size to get speed enough to matter as a receiver. Not like they are not already far taller than most any defender.

Weight - Just like other seasons, there is really not much variation in weight for top tight ends. Winslow was the only one less than 250 pounds (and just barely) and yet only Crumpler and Cooley were more than 260 (and just barely).

Age/Experience - The average age of a top tight end rises again this year and mainly because there are only about a dozen or so tight ends that post decent numbers and we are watching them age. Six of the ten are 27 years old now and while three are 30 or older, none are older than Gonzalez who is 31.

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
1.31 CHI Olsen, Greg 6'4" 252 22
2.06 OAK Miller, Zach 6'5" 259 22
3.13 PIT Spaeth, Matt 6'7" 267 24

This is a down year for rookies and really only Olsen is expected to develop into a notable recieving tight end in the NFL. He has better speed than any of the other rookie tight ends as well. Zach Miller could also develop since he was a recieving tight end in college but the new offense in Oakland may or may not use tight ends. It remains to be seen.

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARZ Leonard Pope 6'8" 265 24 1 MIA David Martin 6'4" 265 28 6
ATL Alge Crumpler 6'2" 262 30 6 MIN Visanthe Shiancoe 6'4" 250 27 4
BAL Todd Heap 6'5" 252 27 6 NE Benjamin Watson 6'3" 255 27 3
BUF Robert Royal 6'4" 260 28 4 NO Eric Johnson 6'3" 252 28 6
CAR Michael Gaines 6'3" 280 27 3 NO Mark Campbell 6'6" 260 32 9
CHI Greg Olsen 6'4" 252 22 0 NYG Jeremy Shockey 6'5" 251 27 5
CHI Desmond Clark 6'3" 254 30 8 NYJ Chris Baker 6'3" 258 28 5
CIN Reggie Kelly 6'4" 255 30 8 OAK Courtney Anderson 6'6" 270 27 3
CLE Kellen Winslow 6'4" 248 24 3 OAK Randal Williams 6'3" 235 29 6
DAL Jason Witten 6'5" 265 25 4 PHI L.J. Smith 6'3" 258 27 4
DEN Tony Scheffler 6'5" 250 24 1 PIT Heath Miller 6'5" 256 25 2
DEN Daniel Graham 6'3" 257 29 5 SD Antonio Gates 6'4" 260 27 4
DET Dan Campbell 6'5" 262 31 7 SEA Marcus Pollard 6'3" 247 35 12
GB Bubba Franks 6'6" 265 29 7 SF Vernon Davis 6'3" 253 23 1
HOU Owen Daniels 6'3" 247 25 1 STL Randy McMichael 6'3" 255 28 5
IND Ben Utecht 6'6" 251 26 3 TB Alex Smith 6'4" 258 25 2
IND Dallas Clark 6'3" 252 28 4 TB Jerramy Stevens 6'7" 265 28 5
JAX Marcedes Lewis 6'6" 265 23 1 TEN Bo Scaife 6'3" 249 26 2
JAX Jermaine Wiggins 6'2" 260 32 7 TEN Ben Troupe 6'4" 270 25 3
KC Tony Gonzalez 6'5" 251 31 10 WAS Chris Cooley 6'3" 265 25 3

Height Weight Age Experience
Leonard Pope 6'8" Michael Gaines 280 Marcus Pollard 35 Marcus Pollard 12
Jerramy Stevens 6'7" Courtney Anderson 270 Jermaine Wiggins 32 Tony Gonzalez 10
Bubba Franks 6'6" Ben Troupe 270 Mark Campbell 32 Mark Campbell 9
Ben Utecht 6'6" Leonard Pope 265 Dan Campbell 31 Desmond Clark 8
Marcedes Lewis 6'6" Jason Witten 265 Tony Gonzalez 31 Reggie Kelly 8
Mark Campbell 6'6" Bubba Franks 265 Alge Crumpler 30 Dan Campbell 7
Courtney Anderson 6'6" Marcedes Lewis 265 Desmond Clark 30 Bubba Franks 7
Todd Heap 6'5" David Martin 265 Reggie Kelly 30 Jermaine Wiggins 7
Jason Witten 6'5" Jerramy Stevens 265 Daniel Graham 29 Alge Crumpler 6
Tony Scheffler 6'5" Chris Cooley 265 Bubba Franks 29 Todd Heap 6
Dan Campbell 6'5" Alge Crumpler 262 Randal Williams 29 David Martin 6
Tony Gonzalez 6'5" Dan Campbell 262 Robert Royal 28 Eric Johnson 6
Jeremy Shockey 6'5" Robert Royal 260 Dallas Clark 28 Randal Williams 6
Heath Miller 6'5" Jermaine Wiggins 260 David Martin 28 Daniel Graham 5
Robert Royal 6'4" Mark Campbell 260 Eric Johnson 28 Jeremy Shockey 5
Greg Olsen 6'4" Antonio Gates 260 Chris Baker 28 Chris Baker 5
Reggie Kelly 6'4" Chris Baker 258 Randy McMichael 28 Randy McMichael 5
Kellen Winslow 6'4" L.J. Smith 258 Jerramy Stevens 28 Jerramy Stevens 5
Donald Lee 6'4" Alex Smith 258 Todd Heap 27 Robert Royal 4
David Martin 6'4" Daniel Graham 257 Michael Gaines 27 Jason Witten 4
Visanthe Shiancoe 6'4" Heath Miller 256 Donald Lee 27 Donald Lee 4
Antonio Gates 6'4" Reggie Kelly 255 Visanthe Shiancoe 27 Dallas Clark 4
Alex Smith 6'4" Benjamin Watson 255 Benjamin Watson 27 Visanthe Shiancoe 4
Ben Troupe 6'4" Randy McMichael 255 Jeremy Shockey 27 L.J. Smith 4
Michael Gaines 6'3" Desmond Clark 254 Courtney Anderson 27 Antonio Gates 4
Desmond Clark 6'3" Vernon Davis 253 L.J. Smith 27 Michael Gaines 3
Daniel Graham 6'3" Todd Heap 252 Antonio Gates 27 Kellen Winslow 3
Owen Daniels 6'3" Greg Olsen 252 Ben Utecht 26 Ben Utecht 3
Dallas Clark 6'3" Dallas Clark 252 Bo Scaife 26 Benjamin Watson 3
Benjamin Watson 6'3" Eric Johnson 252 Jason Witten 25 Courtney Anderson 3
Eric Johnson 6'3" Ben Utecht 251 Owen Daniels 25 Ben Troupe 3
Chris Baker 6'3" Tony Gonzalez 251 Heath Miller 25 Chris Cooley 3
Randal Williams 6'3" Jeremy Shockey 251 Alex Smith 25 Heath Miller 2
L.J. Smith 6'3" Tony Scheffler 250 Ben Troupe 25 Alex Smith 2
Marcus Pollard 6'3" Visanthe Shiancoe 250 Chris Cooley 25 Bo Scaife 2
Vernon Davis 6'3" Bo Scaife 249 Leonard Pope 24 Leonard Pope 1
Randy McMichael 6'3" Kellen Winslow 248 Kellen Winslow 24 Tony Scheffler 1
Bo Scaife 6'3" Donald Lee 248 Tony Scheffler 24 Owen Daniels 1
Chris Cooley 6'3" Owen Daniels 247 Marcedes Lewis 23 Marcedes Lewis 1
Alge Crumpler 6'2" Marcus Pollard 247 Vernon Davis 23 Vernon Davis 1
Jermaine Wiggins 6'2" Randal Williams 235 Greg Olsen 22 Greg Olsen 0

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