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Sizing Up the Quarterbacks
David Dorey
June 29, 2009
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Other Positions: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

In all positions, size does matter to at least some degree. Obviously talent is critical but without the size to play in the NFL - does it really matter how fast a player is or how well he can pass the ball? The intent of these positional reviews is to arm yourself with the conventional wisdom about fantasy positions and typically what is successful. There are always exceptions to every rule, but it is nice to know the rule in the first place. There is a surprising amount of consistency in the measureables of star players.

# Team 2008 Top Ten Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
1 NO Drew Brees 6'0" 209 30 8
2 GB Aaron Rodgers 6'2" 220 26 4
3 DEN Jay Cutler 6'3" 233 26 3
4 ARI Kurt Warner 6'2" 218 38 11
5 SD Philip Rivers 6'5" 228 28 5
6 IND Peyton Manning 6'5" 230 33 11
7 PHI Donovan McNabb 6'2" 240 33 10
8 NE Matt Cassel 6'4" 230 27 4
9 JAC David Garrard 6'1" 245 31 7
10 DAL Tony Romo 6'2" 225 29 6
    Average Top 10 6'3" 228 30 7

Height - The average height of the best quarterbacks has actually declined and is led by the shortest of them all - Drew Brees. While Manning has long been considered the perfect size at 6'5", the reality is that is mostly about talent and the system.

Weight - Quarterbacks still weigh between 220 and 230 pounds with few exceptions - like Brees once again who is the lightweight in the group at only 209 pounds.

Age - Both Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan were surprises last year as a rookie and if either can sneak into the top ten they can bring the average down. Age - AKA experience - matter a lot with quarterbacks and only three of the top ten had less than five seasons.

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
1.01 DET Matthew Stafford 6'2" 225 21
1.05 NYJ Mark Sanchez 6'2" 227 23
1.17 TB Josh Freeman 6'6" 248 21
4.01 DAL Stephen McGee 6'3" 207 24
6.01 DEN Tom Brandstater 6'5" 220 25
6.28 IND Curtis Painter 6'4" 230 24
2.12 MIA Pat White 6'0" 197 23
5.15 NYG Rhett Bomar 6'2" 215 24
6.05 SEA Mike Teel 6'4" 220 23
5.35 SF Nate Davis 6'2" 217 22
6.23 STL Keith Null 6'4" 220 24

Rookies: There is speculation that the top three drafted players will all get significant playing time this year if not become starters. Stafford and Sanchez are bookends right in the 225 pound range and slightly shorter with 6'2". But Freeman in Tampa Bay was the biggest quarterback at a towering 6'6". Pat White was knocked for his size and expected to convert into a wideout in the NFL but the Fins may use him on special plays. He's almost the same size as Brees though.

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARI Kurt Warner 6'2" 218 38 11 MIA Chad Pennington 6'3" 225 33 9
ATL Matt Ryan 6'4" 220 24 1 MIN Tarvaris Jackson 6'2" 232 26 3
BAL Joe Flacco 6'6" 230 24 1 NE Tom Brady 6'4" 225 32 9
BUF Trent Edwards 6'4" 231 26 2 NO Drew Brees 6'0" 209 30 8
CAR Jake Delhomme 6'2" 215 34 10 NYG Eli Manning 6'4" 225 28 5
CHI Jay Cutler 6'3" 233 26 3 OAK JaMarcus Russell 6'6" 260 24 2
CIN Carson Palmer 6'5" 230 30 6 PHI Donovan McNabb 6'2" 240 33 10
CLE Brady Quinn 6'3" 235 25 2 PIT Ben Roethlisberger 6'5" 241 27 5
CLE Derek Anderson 6'6" 230 26 4 SD Philip Rivers 6'5" 228 28 5
DAL Tony Romo 6'2" 225 29 6 SEA Matt Hasselbeck 6'4" 225 34 10
DEN Kyle Orton 6'4" 217 27 4 SF Alex Smith 6'4" 217 25 4
DET Daunte Culpepper 6'4" 265 32 10 SF Shaun Hill 6'3" 220 29 7
GB Aaron Rodgers 6'2" 220 26 4 STL Marc Bulger 6'3" 204 32 8
HOU Matt Schaub 6'5" 234 28 5 TB Luke McCown 6'3" 212 28 5
IND Peyton Manning 6'5" 230 33 11 TB Byron Leftwich 6'5" 250 29 6
JAC David Garrard 6'1" 245 31 7 TEN Kerry Collins 6'5" 245 37 14
KC Matt Cassel 6'4" 230 27 4 WAS Jason Campbell 6'5" 230 28 4

Height Weight Age Experience
Joe Flacco 6'6" Daunte Culpepper 265 Kurt Warner 38 Kerry Collins 14
Derek Anderson 6'6" JaMarcus Russell 260 Kerry Collins 37 Kurt Warner 11
JaMarcus Russell 6'6" Byron Leftwich 250 Jake Delhomme 34 Peyton Manning 11
Carson Palmer 6'5" David Garrard 245 Matt Hasselbeck 34 Jake Delhomme 10
Matt Schaub 6'5" Kerry Collins 245 Peyton Manning 33 Daunte Culpepper 10
Peyton Manning 6'5" Ben Roethlisberger 241 Chad Pennington 33 Donovan McNabb 10
Ben Roethlisberger 6'5" Donovan McNabb 240 Donovan McNabb 33 Matt Hasselbeck 10
Philip Rivers 6'5" Brady Quinn 235 Daunte Culpepper 32 Chad Pennington 9
Byron Leftwich 6'5" Matt Schaub 234 Tom Brady 32 Tom Brady 9
Kerry Collins 6'5" Jay Cutler 233 Marc Bulger 32 Drew Brees 8
Jason Campbell 6'5" Tarvaris Jackson 232 David Garrard 31 Marc Bulger 8
Matt Ryan 6'4" Trent Edwards 231 Carson Palmer 30 David Garrard 7
Trent Edwards 6'4" Joe Flacco 230 Drew Brees 30 Shaun Hill 7
Kyle Orton 6'4" Carson Palmer 230 Tony Romo 29 Carson Palmer 6
Daunte Culpepper 6'4" Derek Anderson 230 Shaun Hill 29 Tony Romo 6
Matt Cassel 6'4" Peyton Manning 230 Byron Leftwich 29 Byron Leftwich 6
Tom Brady 6'4" Matt Cassel 230 Matt Schaub 28 Matt Schaub 5
Eli Manning 6'4" Jason Campbell 230 Eli Manning 28 Eli Manning 5
Matt Hasselbeck 6'4" Philip Rivers 228 Philip Rivers 28 Ben Roethlisberger 5
Alex Smith 6'4" Tony Romo 225 Luke McCown 28 Philip Rivers 5
Jay Cutler 6'3" Chad Pennington 225 Jason Campbell 28 Luke McCown 5
Brady Quinn 6'3" Tom Brady 225 Kyle Orton 27 Derek Anderson 4
Chad Pennington 6'3" Eli Manning 225 Matt Cassel 27 Kyle Orton 4
Shaun Hill 6'3" Matt Hasselbeck 225 Ben Roethlisberger 27 Aaron Rodgers 4
Marc Bulger 6'3" Matt Ryan 220 Trent Edwards 26 Matt Cassel 4
Luke McCown 6'3" Aaron Rodgers 220 Jay Cutler 26 Alex Smith 4
Kurt Warner 6'2" Shaun Hill 220 Derek Anderson 26 Jason Campbell 4
Jake Delhomme 6'2" Kurt Warner 218 Aaron Rodgers 26 Jay Cutler 3
Tony Romo 6'2" Kyle Orton 217 Tarvaris Jackson 26 Tarvaris Jackson 3
Aaron Rodgers 6'2" Alex Smith 217 Brady Quinn 25 Trent Edwards 2
Tarvaris Jackson 6'2" Jake Delhomme 215 Alex Smith 25 Brady Quinn 2
Donovan McNabb 6'2" Luke McCown 212 Matt Ryan 24 JaMarcus Russell 2
David Garrard 6'1" Drew Brees 209 Joe Flacco 24 Matt Ryan 1
Drew Brees 6'0" Marc Bulger 204 JaMarcus Russell 24 Joe Flacco 1

Other Positions: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

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