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Sizing Up the Tight Ends
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 KC Tony Gonzalez 6'5" 251 33 12
2 DAL Jason Witten 6'5" 265 27 6
3 IND Dallas Clark 6'3" 252 30 6
4 SD Antonio Gates 6'4" 260 29 6
5 MIN Visanthe Shiancoe 6'4" 250 29 6
6 HOU Owen Daniels 6'3" 247 27 3
7 SEA John Carlson 6'5" 251 25 1
8 WAS Chris Cooley 6'3" 249 27 5
9 MIA Anthony Fasano 6'4" 255 25 3
10 CHI Greg Olsen 6'5" 252 24 2
    Average Top 10 6'4" 253 28 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. The average height is the same this year as in 2008 and pretty much every year.

Weight - Just like other seasons, there is really not much variation in weight for top tight ends. The average weight is exactly the same from 2008. Surprisingly the two heaviest (Witten and Gates) were among the most successful but after those two, all top receiving tight ends came in between 247 and 258 pounds. Small window there.

Age/Experience - Tight ends are like running backs in that they peak around 27 years old with about six years experience. Gonzalez was the only tight end with more than six years experience. Some tight ends start to matter as early as their second year. This is indicative of the gradual change in the NFL to include the tight ends more in the passing scheme as well as the college ranks producing better players in the position.

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
2.02 DET Brandon Pettigrew 6'5" 263 24
2.32 DEN Richard Quinn 6'4" 264 23
3.25 TEN Jared Cook 6'5" 242 22
3.34 CIN Chase Coffman 6'6" 245 23
3.36 NYG Travis Beckum 6'4" 235 22
4.21 BUF Shawn Nelson 6'5" 240 24
4.22 HOU Anthony Hill 6'6" 265 24
5.13 BAL Davon Drew 6'4" 254 24
5.16 HOU James Casey 6'4" 245 25
5.17 PHI Cornelius Ingram 6'4" 245 24
5.25 MIA John Nalbone 6'4" 255 23
6.07 JAC Zach Miller 6'3" 236 25
6.11 SF Bear Pascoe 6'5" 260 23
6.29 OAK Brandon Myers 6'4" 250 24
6.35 DAL John Phillips 6'6" 250 22
7.32 PIT David Johnson 6'2" 260 22
7.39 SEA Cameron Morrah 6'3" 244 22
7.46 DET Dan Gronkowski 6'6" 255 24

This season there are no hot tight ends worthy of fantasy attention. Pettigrew is almost a pure blocker and the others need to get past another player to shine. They all hit the prototypical size other than the comparably small Zach Miller (not the OAK Zach Miller though).

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARI Leonard Pope 6'8" 258 26 3 KC Brad Cottam 6'9" 270 25 1
ATL Tony Gonzalez 6'5" 251 33 12 MIA Anthony Fasano 6'4" 255 25 3
BAL L.J. Smith 6'3" 258 29 6 MIN Visanthe Shiancoe 6'4" 250 29 6
BUF Derek Schouman 6'2" 223 24 2 NE Benjamin Watson 6'3" 255 29 5
CAR Dante Rosario 6'4" 250 25 2 NO Jeremy Shockey 6'5" 251 29 7
CHI Greg Olsen 6'5" 252 24 2 NYG Kevin Boss 6'6" 253 25 2
CIN Chase Coffman 6'6" 245 23 0 NYJ Dustin Keller 6'2" 248 25 1
CIN Ben Utecht 6'6" 251 28 5 OAK Zach Miller 6'5" 255 24 2
CLE Robert Royal 6'4" 255 31 7 PHI Brent Celek 6'4" 255 24 2
DAL Jason Witten 6'5" 265 27 6 PIT Heath Miller 6'5" 256 27 4
DEN Tony Scheffler 6'5" 250 26 3 SD Antonio Gates 6'4" 260 29 6
DET Brandon Pettigrew 6'5" 263 24 0 SEA John Carlson 6'5" 251 25 1
GB Jermichael Finley 6'5" 247 22 1 SF Vernon Davis 6'3" 250 25 3
GB Donald Lee 6'4" 248 29 6 STL Randy McMichael 6'3" 255 30 7
HOU Owen Daniels 6'3" 247 27 3 TB Kellen Winslow 6'4" 250 26 5
IND Dallas Clark 6'3" 252 30 6 TEN Bo Scaife 6'3" 249 28 4
JAC Marcedes Lewis 6'6" 275 25 3 WAS Chris Cooley 6'3" 249 27 5

Height Weight Age Experience
Brad Cottam 6'9" Marcedes Lewis 275 Tony Gonzalez 33 Tony Gonzalez 12
Leonard Pope 6'8" Brad Cottam 270 Robert Royal 31 Robert Royal 7
Chase Coffman 6'6" Jason Witten 265 Dallas Clark 30 Jeremy Shockey 7
Ben Utecht 6'6" Brandon Pettigrew 263 Randy McMichael 30 Randy McMichael 7
Marcedes Lewis 6'6" Antonio Gates 260 L.J. Smith 29 L.J. Smith 6
Kevin Boss 6'6" Leonard Pope 258 Donald Lee 29 Jason Witten 6
Tony Gonzalez 6'5" L.J. Smith 258 Visanthe Shiancoe 29 Donald Lee 6
Greg Olsen 6'5" Heath Miller 256 Benjamin Watson 29 Dallas Clark 6
Jason Witten 6'5" Robert Royal 255 Jeremy Shockey 29 Visanthe Shiancoe 6
Tony Scheffler 6'5" Anthony Fasano 255 Antonio Gates 29 Antonio Gates 6
Brandon Pettigrew 6'5" Benjamin Watson 255 Ben Utecht 28 Ben Utecht 5
Jermichael Finley 6'5" Zach Miller 255 Bo Scaife 28 Benjamin Watson 5
Jeremy Shockey 6'5" Brent Celek 255 Jason Witten 27 Kellen Winslow 5
Zach Miller 6'5" Randy McMichael 255 Owen Daniels 27 Chris Cooley 5
Heath Miller 6'5" Kevin Boss 253 Heath Miller 27 Heath Miller 4
John Carlson 6'5" Greg Olsen 252 Chris Cooley 27 Bo Scaife 4
Dante Rosario 6'4" Dallas Clark 252 Leonard Pope 26 Leonard Pope 3
Robert Royal 6'4" Tony Gonzalez 251 Tony Scheffler 26 Tony Scheffler 3
Donald Lee 6'4" Ben Utecht 251 Kellen Winslow 26 Owen Daniels 3
Anthony Fasano 6'4" Jeremy Shockey 251 Dante Rosario 25 Marcedes Lewis 3
Visanthe Shiancoe 6'4" John Carlson 251 Marcedes Lewis 25 Anthony Fasano 3
Brent Celek 6'4" Dante Rosario 250 Brad Cottam 25 Vernon Davis 3
Antonio Gates 6'4" Tony Scheffler 250 Anthony Fasano 25 Derek Schouman 2
Kellen Winslow 6'4" Visanthe Shiancoe 250 Kevin Boss 25 Dante Rosario 2
L.J. Smith 6'3" Vernon Davis 250 Dustin Keller 25 Greg Olsen 2
Owen Daniels 6'3" Kellen Winslow 250 John Carlson 25 Kevin Boss 2
Dallas Clark 6'3" Bo Scaife 249 Vernon Davis 25 Zach Miller 2
Benjamin Watson 6'3" Chris Cooley 249 Derek Schouman 24 Brent Celek 2
Vernon Davis 6'3" Donald Lee 248 Greg Olsen 24 Jermichael Finley 1
Randy McMichael 6'3" Dustin Keller 248 Brandon Pettigrew 24 Brad Cottam 1
Bo Scaife 6'3" Jermichael Finley 247 Zach Miller 24 Dustin Keller 1
Chris Cooley 6'3" Owen Daniels 247 Brent Celek 24 John Carlson 1
Derek Schouman 6'2" Chase Coffman 245 Chase Coffman 23 Chase Coffman 0
Dustin Keller 6'2" Derek Schouman 223 Jermichael Finley 22 Brandon Pettigrew 0
Leonard Pope 6'8'' Michael Gaines 277 Dan Campbell 32 Tony Gonzalez 12
Jerramy Stevens 6'7'' Ben Troupe 270 Tony Gonzalez 32 Desmond Clark 10
Ben Utecht 6'6'' Jason Witten 265 Desmond Clark 31 Reggie Kelly 10
Marcedes Lewis 6'6'' Marcedes Lewis 265 Reggie Kelly 31 Dan Campbell 9
Kevin Boss 6'6'' Dan Campbell 262 Alge Crumpler 31 Todd Heap 8
John Carlson 6'6'' Alge Crumpler 262 Robert Royal 30 Eric Johnson 8
Todd Heap 6'5'' Martrez Milner 260 Dallas Clark 29 Alge Crumpler 8
Greg Olsen 6'5'' Jeff King 260 Eric Johnson 29 Robert Royal 7
Jason Witten 6'5'' Antonio Gates 260 Chris Baker 29 Jeremy Shockey 7
Tony Scheffler 6'5'' Jerramy Stevens 260 Randy McMichael 29 Chris Baker 7
Dan Campbell 6'5'' Leonard Pope 258 Jerramy Stevens 29 Randy McMichael 7
Jermichael Finley 6'5'' Anthony Fasano 258 Todd Heap 28 Jerramy Stevens 7
Tony Gonzalez 6'5'' Chris Baker 258 Michael Gaines 28 Jason Witten 6
Jeremy Shockey 6'5'' L.J. Smith 258 Donald Lee 28 Donald Lee 6
Zach Miller 6'5'' Alex Smith 258 Visanthe Shiancoe 28 Dallas Clark 6
Heath Miller 6'5'' Heath Miller 256 Benjamin Watson 28 Visanthe Shiancoe 6
Martrez Milner 6'4'' Robert Royal 255 Jeremy Shockey 28 L.J. Smith 6
Robert Royal 6'4'' Benjamin Watson 255 L.J. Smith 28 Antonio Gates 6
Reggie Kelly 6'4'' Zach Miller 255 Antonio Gates 28 Ben Utecht 5
Kellen Winslow 6'4'' John Carlson 255 Ben Utecht 27 Kellen Winslow 5
Donald Lee 6'4'' Randy McMichael 255 Bo Scaife 27 Michael Gaines 5
Anthony Fasano 6'4'' Kevin Boss 253 Jason Witten 26 Benjamin Watson 5
Visanthe Shiancoe 6'4'' Vernon Davis 253 Owen Daniels 26 Ben Troupe 5
Dustin Keller 6'4'' Todd Heap 252 Heath Miller 26 Chris Cooley 5
Antonio Gates 6'4'' Greg Olsen 252 Ben Troupe 26 Heath Miller 4
Ben Troupe 6'4'' Dallas Clark 252 Alex Smith 26 Alex Smith 4
Alex Smith 6'4'' Eric Johnson 252 Chris Cooley 26 Bo Scaife 4
Fred Davis 6'4'' Ben Utecht 251 Leonard Pope 25 Leonard Pope 3
Jeff King 6'3'' Tony Gonzalez 251 Jeff King 25 Jeff King 3
Desmond Clark 6'3'' Jeremy Shockey 251 Kellen Winslow 25 Tony Scheffler 3
Michael Gaines 6'3'' Reggie Kelly 250 Tony Scheffler 25 Owen Daniels 3
Owen Daniels 6'3'' Tony Scheffler 250 Martrez Milner 24 Marcedes Lewis 3
Dallas Clark 6'3'' Visanthe Shiancoe 250 Marcedes Lewis 24 Anthony Fasano 3
Benjamin Watson 6'3'' Fred Davis 250 Anthony Fasano 24 Vernon Davis 3
Eric Johnson 6'3'' Desmond Clark 249 Kevin Boss 24 Martrez Milner 2
Chris Baker 6'3'' Bo Scaife 249 Dustin Keller 24 Greg Olsen 2
L.J. Smith 6'3'' Chris Cooley 249 John Carlson 24 Kevin Boss 2
Vernon Davis 6'3'' Kellen Winslow 248 Vernon Davis 24 Zach Miller 2
Randy McMichael 6'3'' Donald Lee 248 Greg Olsen 23 Jermichael Finley 0
Bo Scaife 6'3'' Owen Daniels 247 Zach Miller 23 Dustin Keller 0
Chris Cooley 6'3'' Jermichael Finley 240 Fred Davis 22 John Carlson 0
Alge Crumpler 6'2'' Dustin Keller 240 Jermichael Finley 21 Fred Davis 0

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

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