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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 IND Marvin Harrison 6'0" 185 35 11
2 DAL Terrell Owens 6'3" 224 34 11
3 IND Reggie Wayne 6'0" 198 29 6
4 CIN Chad Johnson 6'1" 192 29 6
5 GB Donald Driver 6'0" 190 32 8
6 STL Torry Holt 6'0" 190 31 8
7 BUF Lee Evans 5'10" 197 26 3
8 CAR Steve Smith 5'9" 185 28 6
9 DEN Javon Walker 6'3" 209 29 5
10 DET Roy Williams 6'2" 212 26 3
    Average Top 10 6'0 199 30 7

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 onlythree players came in over 6'1". This is down two full inches from 2004 when Muhammad, Owens and Bennett raised the bar. You do not have to be tall to excel - you just have to catch lots of balls.

Weight: Speed is critical for a wideout and that is reflected in players averaging only 199 - one of the lowest in years. Once Owens finally retires, the average weight will likely decline more since seven of the top ten were under 200 pounds last year.

Age/Experience: There is no position other than quarterback that takes longer to learn and master than wide receiver and that shows up with an average age of 30 - compare that to running backs who are already registering for AARP when they hit their thirties.

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
1.02 DET Calvin Johnson 6'4" 237 22
1.09 MIA Ted Ginn Jr. 6'0" 180 22
1.23 KC Dwayne Bowe 6'2" 217 23
1.27 NO Robert Meachem 6'0" 215 23
1.30 SD Craig Davis 6'2" 207 22
1.32 IND Anthony Gonzalez 6'0" 195 23
2.12 MIN Sidney Rice 6'4" 200 21
2.13 CAR Dwayne Jarrett 6'5" 215 21
2.19 NYG Steve Smith 6'0" 200 22
3.09 HOU Jacoby Jones 6'4" 210 23
3.10 BAL Yamon Figurs 5'11" 173 24
3.12 SF Jason Hill 6'0" 210 22
3.14 GB James Jones 6'1" 210 23
3.17 TEN Paul Williams 6'2" 210 24
3.36 OAK Johnnie Lee Higgins 6'0" 180 24

Rookies: The same thing holds true every year. It is the "middle" sized wide outs that become the elite of the position (for the most part) and yet each year the NFL loves the tall guys. Of the first ten wideouts drafted, only two were under 200 pounds and not one was less than 6'0". If Calvin Johnson can meet lofty expectations, he'll be skewing the average way up for height and weight.

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARZ Anquan Boldin 6'1" 223 27 4 NE Reche Caldwell 6'0" 210 28 5
ARZ Larry Fitzgerald 6'3" 226 24 3 NE Randy Moss 6'4" 210 30 9
ATL Michael Jenkins 6'4" 217 24 3 NE Donte' Stallworth 6'0" 196 27 5
ATL Joe Horn 6'1" 213 35 11 NE Wes Welker 5'9" 185 26 3
BAL Mark Clayton 5'10" 195 25 2 NO Marques Colston 6'4" 231 24 1
BAL Derrick Mason 5'10" 192 33 10 NO Devery Henderson 5'11" 200 25 3
BUF Lee Evans 5'10" 197 26 3 NYG Plaxico Burress 6'5" 232 30 7
BUF Peerless Price 5'11" 190 31 7 NYG Amani Toomer 6'3" 203 33 11
CAR Drew Carter 6'3" 200 26 3 NYJ Laveranues Coles 5'11" 193 30 7
CAR Steve Smith 5'9" 185 28 6 NYJ Jerricho Cotchery 6'0" 207 25 3
CHI Bernard Berrian 6'1" 180 27 3 OAK Ronald Curry 6'2" 210 28 5
CHI Muhsin Muhammad 6'2" 215 34 11 OAK Jerry Porter 6'2" 220 29 7
CIN T.J. Houshmandzadeh 6'1" 197 30 6 OAK Mike Williams 6'4" 229 23 2
CIN Chad Johnson 6'1" 192 29 6 PHI Reggie Brown 6'1" 197 26 2
CLE Braylon Edwards 6'3" 212 24 2 PHI Kevin Curtis 5'11" 186 29 4
CLE Joe Jurevicius 6'5" 232 33 9 PIT Santonio Holmes 5'11" 189 23 1
DAL Terry Glenn 5'11" 195 33 11 PIT Hines Ward 6'0" 205 31 9
DAL Terrell Owens 6'3" 224 34 11 SD Vincent Jackson 6'5" 241 24 2
DEN Brandon Marshall 6'4" 222 23 1 SD Eric Parker 6'0" 180 28 5
DEN Rod Smith 6'0" 200 37 12 SEA Deion Branch 5'9" 193 28 5
DEN Javon Walker 6'3" 209 29 5 SEA Bobby Engram 5'10" 188 34 11
DET Mike Furrey 6'0" 205 30 4 SEA D.J. Hackett 6'2" 199 26 2
DET Roy Williams 6'2" 212 26 3 SF Arnaz Battle 6'1" 206 27 4
GB Donald Driver 6'0" 190 32 8 SF Darrell Jackson 5'11" 201 29 7
GB Greg Jennings 5'11" 196 24 1 SF Ashley Lelie 6'3" 200 27 5
HOU Andre Johnson 6'3" 219 26 4 STL Drew Bennett 6'5" 206 29 6
HOU Kevin Walter 6'3" 214 26 4 STL Isaac Bruce 6'0" 188 35 13
IND Marvin Harrison 6'0" 185 35 11 STL Torry Holt 6'0" 190 31 8
IND Reggie Wayne 6'0" 198 29 6 TB Michael Clayton 6'3" 215 25 3
JAX Matt Jones 6'6" 238 24 2 TB Joey Galloway 5'11" 197 36 12
JAX Reggie Williams 6'4" 214 24 3 TB Maurice Stovall 6'4" 229 22 1
KC Eddie Kennison 6'1" 201 34 11 TEN Justin Gage 6'4" 212 26 4
KC Samie Parker 5'11" 190 26 3 TEN David Givens 6'0" 215 27 5
MIA Marty Booker 6'0" 210 31 8 TEN Brandon Jones 6'1" 212 25 2
MIA Chris Chambers 5'11" 210 29 6 WAS Brandon Lloyd 6'0" 192 26 4
MIN Bobby Wade 5'10" 186 26 4 WAS Santana Moss 5'10" 185 28 6
MIN Troy Williamson 6'1" 203 24 2 WAS Antwaan Randle El 5'10" 192 28 5

Height   Weight Age Experience
Matt Jones 6'6" Vincent Jackson 241 Rod Smith 37 Isaac Bruce 13
Joe Jurevicius 6'5" Matt Jones 238 Joey Galloway 36 Rod Smith 12
Plaxico Burress 6'5" Joe Jurevicius 232 Joe Horn 35 Joey Galloway 12
Vincent Jackson 6'5" Plaxico Burress 232 Marvin Harrison 35 Joe Horn 11
Drew Bennett 6'5" Marques Colston 231 Isaac Bruce 35 Muhsin Muhammad 11
Michael Jenkins 6'4" Mike Williams 229 Muhsin Muhammad 34 Terry Glenn 11
Brandon Marshall 6'4" Maurice Stovall 229 Terrell Owens 34 Terrell Owens 11
Reggie Williams 6'4" Larry Fitzgerald 226 Eddie Kennison 34 Marvin Harrison 11
Randy Moss 6'4" Terrell Owens 224 Bobby Engram 34 Eddie Kennison 11
Marques Colston 6'4" Anquan Boldin 223 Derrick Mason 33 Amani Toomer 11
Mike Williams 6'4" Brandon Marshall 222 Joe Jurevicius 33 Bobby Engram 11
Maurice Stovall 6'4" Jerry Porter 220 Terry Glenn 33 Derrick Mason 10
Justin Gage 6'4" Andre Johnson 219 Amani Toomer 33 Joe Jurevicius 9
Larry Fitzgerald 6'3" Michael Jenkins 217 Donald Driver 32 Randy Moss 9
Drew Carter 6'3" Muhsin Muhammad 215 Peerless Price 31 Hines Ward 9
Braylon Edwards 6'3" Michael Clayton 215 Marty Booker 31 Donald Driver 8
Terrell Owens 6'3" David Givens 215 Hines Ward 31 Marty Booker 8
Javon Walker 6'3" Kevin Walter 214 Torry Holt 31 Torry Holt 8
Andre Johnson 6'3" Reggie Williams 214 T.J. Houshmandzadeh 30 Peerless Price 7
Kevin Walter 6'3" Joe Horn 213 Mike Furrey 30 Plaxico Burress 7
Amani Toomer 6'3" Braylon Edwards 212 Randy Moss 30 Laveranues Coles 7
Ashley Lelie 6'3" Roy Williams 212 Plaxico Burress 30 Jerry Porter 7
Michael Clayton 6'3" Justin Gage 212 Laveranues Coles 30 Darrell Jackson 7
Muhsin Muhammad 6'2" Brandon Jones 212 Chad Johnson 29 Steve Smith 6
Roy Williams 6'2" Marty Booker 210 Javon Walker 29 T.J. Houshmandzadeh 6
Ronald Curry 6'2" Chris Chambers 210 Reggie Wayne 29 Chad Johnson 6
Jerry Porter 6'2" Reche Caldwell 210 Chris Chambers 29 Reggie Wayne 6
D.J. Hackett 6'2" Randy Moss 210 Jerry Porter 29 Chris Chambers 6
Anquan Boldin 6'1" Ronald Curry 210 Kevin Curtis 29 Drew Bennett 6
Joe Horn 6'1" Javon Walker 209 Darrell Jackson 29 Santana Moss 6
Bernard Berrian 6'1" Jerricho Cotchery 207 Drew Bennett 29 Javon Walker 5
T.J. Houshmandzadeh 6'1" Arnaz Battle 206 Steve Smith 28 Reche Caldwell 5
Chad Johnson 6'1" Drew Bennett 206 Reche Caldwell 28 Donte' Stallworth 5
Eddie Kennison 6'1" Mike Furrey 205 Ronald Curry 28 Ronald Curry 5
Troy Williamson 6'1" Hines Ward 205 Eric Parker 28 Eric Parker 5
Reggie Brown 6'1" Troy Williamson 203 Deion Branch 28 Deion Branch 5
Arnaz Battle 6'1" Amani Toomer 203 Santana Moss 28 Ashley Lelie 5
Brandon Jones 6'1" Eddie Kennison 201 Antwaan Randle El 28 David Givens 5
Rod Smith 6'0" Darrell Jackson 201 Anquan Boldin 27 Antwaan Randle El 5
Mike Furrey 6'0" Drew Carter 200 Bernard Berrian 27 Anquan Boldin 4
Donald Driver 6'0" Rod Smith 200 Donte' Stallworth 27 Mike Furrey 4
Marvin Harrison 6'0" Devery Henderson 200 Arnaz Battle 27 Andre Johnson 4
Reggie Wayne 6'0" Ashley Lelie 200 Ashley Lelie 27 Kevin Walter 4
Marty Booker 6'0" D.J. Hackett 199 David Givens 27 Bobby Wade 4
Reche Caldwell 6'0" Reggie Wayne 198 Lee Evans 26 Kevin Curtis 4
Donte' Stallworth 6'0" Lee Evans 197 Drew Carter 26 Arnaz Battle 4
Jerricho Cotchery 6'0" T.J. Houshmandzadeh 197 Roy Williams 26 Justin Gage 4
Hines Ward 6'0" Reggie Brown 197 Andre Johnson 26 Brandon Lloyd 4
Eric Parker 6'0" Joey Galloway 197 Kevin Walter 26 Larry Fitzgerald 3
Isaac Bruce 6'0" Greg Jennings 196 Samie Parker 26 Michael Jenkins 3
Torry Holt 6'0" Donte' Stallworth 196 Bobby Wade 26 Lee Evans 3
David Givens 6'0" Mark Clayton 195 Wes Welker 26 Drew Carter 3
Brandon Lloyd 6'0" Terry Glenn 195 Reggie Brown 26 Bernard Berrian 3
Steve Smith 5'9" Laveranues Coles 193 D.J. Hackett 26 Roy Williams 3
Wes Welker 5'9" Deion Branch 193 Justin Gage 26 Reggie Williams 3
Deion Branch 5'9" Derrick Mason 192 Brandon Lloyd 26 Samie Parker 3
Peerless Price 5'11" Chad Johnson 192 Mark Clayton 25 Wes Welker 3
Terry Glenn 5'11" Brandon Lloyd 192 Devery Henderson 25 Devery Henderson 3
Greg Jennings 5'11" Antwaan Randle El 192 Jerricho Cotchery 25 Jerricho Cotchery 3
Samie Parker 5'11" Peerless Price 190 Michael Clayton 25 Michael Clayton 3
Chris Chambers 5'11" Donald Driver 190 Brandon Jones 25 Mark Clayton 2
Devery Henderson 5'11" Samie Parker 190 Larry Fitzgerald 24 Braylon Edwards 2
Laveranues Coles 5'11" Torry Holt 190 Michael Jenkins 24 Matt Jones 2
Kevin Curtis 5'11" Santonio Holmes 189 Braylon Edwards 24 Troy Williamson 2
Santonio Holmes 5'11" Bobby Engram 188 Greg Jennings 24 Mike Williams 2
Darrell Jackson 5'11" Isaac Bruce 188 Matt Jones 24 Reggie Brown 2
Joey Galloway 5'11" Bobby Wade 186 Reggie Williams 24 Vincent Jackson 2
Mark Clayton 5'10" Kevin Curtis 186 Troy Williamson 24 D.J. Hackett 2
Derrick Mason 5'10" Steve Smith 185 Marques Colston 24 Brandon Jones 2
Lee Evans 5'10" Marvin Harrison 185 Vincent Jackson 24 Brandon Marshall 1
Bobby Wade 5'10" Wes Welker 185 Brandon Marshall 23 Greg Jennings 1
Bobby Engram 5'10" Santana Moss 185 Mike Williams 23 Marques Colston 1
Santana Moss 5'10" Bernard Berrian 180 Santonio Holmes 23 Santonio Holmes 1
Antwaan Randle El 5'10" Eric Parker 180 Maurice Stovall 22 Maurice Stovall 1

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

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