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Sizing Up the Wide Receivers
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 ARI Larry Fitzgerald 6'3" 220 26 5
2 HOU Andre Johnson 6'3" 223 28 6
3 DET Calvin Johnson 6'5" 235 24 2
4 GB Greg Jennings 5'11" 198 26 3
5 CAR Steve Smith 5'9" 185 30 8
6 ATL Roddy White 6'0" 208 28 4
7 ARI Anquan Boldin 6'1" 217 29 6
8 TB Antonio Bryant 6'1" 205 28 6
9 DAL Terrell Owens 6'3" 224 36 13
10 NE Randy Moss 6'4" 210 32 11
    Average Top 10 6'1" 212 29 6

Height: The average height went down last year but only an inch and it is still a bit higher than past years that saw 6'0 as the standard top ten height. Steve Smith is a shrimp compared to the others (but do not tell him that) and only two players were less than 6'0".

Weight: It is notable that most of the top wideouts have some bulk to them. The top three weighed more than most running backs and that reflects the need for a wideout to be able to withstand work over the middle. That are always exceptions, but most top wideouts carry some weight.

Age/Experience: Three year breakouts may be the stereotype but to be a top wideout, you'll likely have been playing for at least five years. Notice Moss and Owens hang on in their advancing age. There is no wall for wideouts at 30 years though normally only the best of the best are still playing after that age.

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
1.07 OAK Darrius Heyward-Bey 6'2" 210 22
1.10 SF Michael Crabtree 6'2" 215 22
1.19 PHI Jeremy Maclin 6'0" 198 21
1.22 MIN Percy Harvin 5'11" 192 21
1.29 NYG Hakeem Nicks 6'1" 212 21
1.30 TEN Kenny Britt 6'3" 218 21
2.04 CLE Brian Robiskie 6'3" 209 22
2.18 CLE Mohamed Massaquoi 6'2" 210 23
3.18 DET Derrick Williams 6'0" 194 23
3.19 NE Brandon Tate 6'1" 195 22
3.20 PIT Mike Wallace 6'0" 180 23
3.21 NYG Ramses Barden 6'6" 227 23
3.23 MIA Patrick Turner 6'5" 220 22
3.27 SEA Deon Butler 5'10" 168 23
3.35 CHI Juaquin Iglesias 6'0" 204 22
4.07 JAC Mike Thomas 5'8" 195 22
4.08 MIA Brian Hartline 6'2" 186 23
4.24 OAK Louis Murphy 6'3" 205 22
4.27 IND Austin Collie 6'2" 206 24
5.04 CHI Johnny Knox 6'0" 180 23
5.05 DEN Kenny McKinley 6'0" 182 22
5.08 JAC Jarett Dillard 5'11" 185 24
5.12 SD Brandon Hughes 5'11" 182 22
5.24 STL Brooks Foster 6'3" 205 23
6.02 KC Quinten Lawrence 6'1" 180 25
6.21 PHI Brandon Gibson 6'1" 202 22
6.33 TEN Dominique Edison 6'3" 200 23
7.15 SD Demetrius Byrd 6'2" 195 23
7.20 DAL Manuel Johnson 5'11" 189 23
7.23 NE Julian Edelman 5'10" 198 23
7.24 TB Sammie Stroughter 5'9" 189 23
7.28 KC Jake O'Connell 6'3" 255 22
7.34 WAS Marko Mitchell 6'4" 218 24
7.36 SEA Courtney Greene 6'1" 211 22
7.42 CHI Derek Kinder 6'1" 210 23
7.43 CIN Freddie Brown 6'4" 215 23
7.44 JAC Tiquan Underwood 6'1" 184 22

Rookies: This year should be better than 2008 for rookie wideouts and at least the top five are expected to see enough playing time to warrant being taken in a fantasy draft. Unlike previous seasons where the league craved huge wideouts, They all come either moderately sized if not smallish as with Maclin or Harvin. The top three wideouts of 2008 were over 220 pounds each but this class had almost no big receivers.

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARI Steve Breaston 6'0" 189 26 2 MIN Sidney Rice 6'4" 202 23 2
ARI Larry Fitzgerald 6'3" 220 26 5 MIN Bernard Berrian 6'1" 185 29 5
ARI Anquan Boldin 6'1" 217 29 6 NE Wes Welker 5'9" 185 28 5
ATL Roddy White 6'0" 208 28 4 NE Randy Moss 6'4" 210 32 11
ATL Michael Jenkins 6'4" 215 27 5 NE Joey Galloway 5'11" 197 38 14
BAL Mark Clayton 5'10" 195 27 4 NO Marques Colston 6'4" 225 26 3
BAL Derrick Mason 5'10" 192 35 12 NO Lance Moore 5'9" 190 26 3
BUF James Hardy 6'5" 212 24 1 NO Devery Henderson 5'11" 200 27 5
BUF Lee Evans 5'10" 197 28 5 NYG Steve Smith 5'11" 195 24 2
BUF Terrell Owens 6'3" 224 36 13 NYG Domenik Hixon 6'2" 182 25 3
CAR Steve Smith 5'9" 185 30 8 NYG Sinorice Moss 5'8" 185 26 3
CAR Muhsin Muhammad 6'2" 215 36 13 NYJ Chansi Stuckey 6'0" 185 26 2
CHI Earl Bennett 6'0" 202 22 1 NYJ Jerricho Cotchery 6'0" 207 27 5
CHI Devin Hester 5'11" 189 27 3 OAK Darrius Heyward-Bey 6'2" 210 22 0
CHI Rashied Davis 5'9" 187 30 4 OAK Chaz Schilens 6'4" 225 24 1
CIN Chad Ochocinco 6'1" 192 31 8 PHI DeSean Jackson 5'10" 175 23 1
CIN Laveranues Coles 5'11" 193 32 9 PHI Kevin Curtis 6'0" 186 31 6
CLE Braylon Edwards 6'3" 215 26 4 PHI Jeremy Maclin 6'0" 198 21 3
CLE David Patten 5'10" 190 35 12 PIT Santonio Holmes 5'11" 189 25 11
DAL Patrick Crayton 6'0" 205 30 5 PIT Hines Ward 6'0" 205 33 4
DAL Roy Williams 6'2" 220 28 5 SD Vincent Jackson 6'5" 230 26 8
DEN Eddie Royal 5'10" 182 23 1 SD Chris Chambers 5'11" 210 31 6
DEN Brandon Marshall 6'4" 230 25 3 SEA Nate Burleson 6'0" 198 28 7
DET Calvin Johnson 6'5" 235 24 2 SEA Deion Branch 5'9" 192 30 8
DET Bryant Johnson 6'3" 211 28 6 SEA T.J. Houshmandzadeh 6'1" 199 32 1
DET Ronald Curry 6'2" 210 30 7 SF Josh Morgan 6'0" 219 24 2
GB Greg Jennings 5'11" 198 26 3 SF Jason Hill 6'0" 202 24 4
GB Donald Driver 6'0" 194 34 10 SF Brandon Jones 6'1" 212 27 15
HOU Andre Johnson 6'3" 223 28 6 SF Isaac Bruce 6'0" 188 37 1
HOU Kevin Walter 6'3" 214 28 6 STL Donnie Avery 5'11" 184 25 1
IND Anthony Gonzalez 6'0" 193 25 2 STL Keenan Burton 6'0" 202 25 2
IND Reggie Wayne 6'0" 198 31 8 STL Laurent Robinson 6'2" 194 24 5
JAC Mike Walker 6'2" 208 25 2 TB Michael Clayton 6'4" 215 27 6
JAC Torry Holt 6'0" 190 33 10 TB Antonio Bryant 6'1" 205 28 4
KC Dwayne Bowe 6'2" 221 25 2 TEN Nate Washington 6'1" 185 26 6
KC Mark Bradley 6'2" 200 27 4 TEN Justin Gage 6'4" 212 28 1
KC Bobby Engram 5'10" 192 36 13 WAS Devin Thomas 6'2" 218 23 7
MIA Davone Bess 5'10" 190 24 1 WAS Antwaan Randle El 5'10" 192 30 8
MIA Ted Ginn Jr. 5'11" 178 24 2 WAS Santana Moss 5'10" 200 30 8

Height Weight Age Experience
James Hardy 6'5" Calvin Johnson 235 Joey Galloway 38 Isaac Bruce 15
Calvin Johnson 6'5" Brandon Marshall 230 Isaac Bruce 37 Joey Galloway 14
Vincent Jackson 6'5" Vincent Jackson 230 Terrell Owens 36 Terrell Owens 13
Michael Jenkins 6'4" Marques Colston 225 Muhsin Muhammad 36 Muhsin Muhammad 13
Brandon Marshall 6'4" Chaz Schilens 225 Bobby Engram 36 Bobby Engram 13
Sidney Rice 6'4" Terrell Owens 224 Derrick Mason 35 Derrick Mason 12
Randy Moss 6'4" Andre Johnson 223 David Patten 35 David Patten 12
Marques Colston 6'4" Dwayne Bowe 221 Donald Driver 34 Randy Moss 11
Chaz Schilens 6'4" Larry Fitzgerald 220 Torry Holt 33 Santonio Holmes 11
Michael Clayton 6'4" Roy Williams 220 Hines Ward 33 Donald Driver 10
Justin Gage 6'4" Josh Morgan 219 Laveranues Coles 32 Torry Holt 10
Larry Fitzgerald 6'3" Devin Thomas 218 Randy Moss 32 Laveranues Coles 9
Terrell Owens 6'3" Anquan Boldin 217 T.J. Houshmandzadeh 32 T.J. Houshmandzadeh 9
Braylon Edwards 6'3" Michael Jenkins 215 Chad Ochocinco 31 Steve Smith 8
Bryant Johnson 6'3" Muhsin Muhammad 215 Reggie Wayne 31 Chad Ochocinco 8
Andre Johnson 6'3" Braylon Edwards 215 Kevin Curtis 31 Reggie Wayne 8
Kevin Walter 6'3" Michael Clayton 215 Chris Chambers 31 Vincent Jackson 8
Muhsin Muhammad 6'2" Kevin Walter 214 Steve Smith 30 Deion Branch 8
Roy Williams 6'2" James Hardy 212 Rashied Davis 30 Antwaan Randle El 8
Ronald Curry 6'2" Brandon Jones 212 Patrick Crayton 30 Santana Moss 8
Mike Walker 6'2" Justin Gage 212 Ronald Curry 30 Ronald Curry 7
Dwayne Bowe 6'2" Bryant Johnson 211 Deion Branch 30 Nate Burleson 7
Mark Bradley 6'2" Ronald Curry 210 Antwaan Randle El 30 Devin Thomas 7
Domenik Hixon 6'2" Randy Moss 210 Santana Moss 30 Anquan Boldin 6
Darrius Heyward-Bey 6'2" Darrius Heyward-Bey 210 Anquan Boldin 29 Bryant Johnson 6
Laurent Robinson 6'2" Chris Chambers 210 Bernard Berrian 29 Andre Johnson 6
Devin Thomas 6'2" Roddy White 208 Roddy White 28 Kevin Walter 6
Anquan Boldin 6'1" Mike Walker 208 Lee Evans 28 Kevin Curtis 6
Chad Ochocinco 6'1" Jerricho Cotchery 207 Roy Williams 28 Chris Chambers 6
Bernard Berrian 6'1" Patrick Crayton 205 Bryant Johnson 28 Michael Clayton 6
T.J. Houshmandzadeh 6'1" Hines Ward 205 Andre Johnson 28 Nate Washington 6
Brandon Jones 6'1" Antonio Bryant 205 Kevin Walter 28 Larry Fitzgerald 5
Antonio Bryant 6'1" Earl Bennett 202 Wes Welker 28 Michael Jenkins 5
Nate Washington 6'1" Sidney Rice 202 Nate Burleson 28 Lee Evans 5
Steve Breaston 6'0" Jason Hill 202 Antonio Bryant 28 Patrick Crayton 5
Roddy White 6'0" Keenan Burton 202 Justin Gage 28 Roy Williams 5
Earl Bennett 6'0" Mark Bradley 200 Michael Jenkins 27 Bernard Berrian 5
Patrick Crayton 6'0" Devery Henderson 200 Mark Clayton 27 Wes Welker 5
Donald Driver 6'0" Santana Moss 200 Devin Hester 27 Devery Henderson 5
Anthony Gonzalez 6'0" T.J. Houshmandzadeh 199 Mark Bradley 27 Jerricho Cotchery 5
Reggie Wayne 6'0" Greg Jennings 198 Devery Henderson 27 Laurent Robinson 5
Torry Holt 6'0" Reggie Wayne 198 Jerricho Cotchery 27 Roddy White 4
Chansi Stuckey 6'0" Jeremy Maclin 198 Brandon Jones 27 Mark Clayton 4
Jerricho Cotchery 6'0" Nate Burleson 198 Michael Clayton 27 Rashied Davis 4
Kevin Curtis 6'0" Lee Evans 197 Steve Breaston 26 Braylon Edwards 4
Jeremy Maclin 6'0" Joey Galloway 197 Larry Fitzgerald 26 Mark Bradley 4
Hines Ward 6'0" Mark Clayton 195 Braylon Edwards 26 Hines Ward 4
Nate Burleson 6'0" Steve Smith 195 Greg Jennings 26 Jason Hill 4
Josh Morgan 6'0" Donald Driver 194 Marques Colston 26 Antonio Bryant 4
Jason Hill 6'0" Laurent Robinson 194 Lance Moore 26 Devin Hester 3
Isaac Bruce 6'0" Laveranues Coles 193 Sinorice Moss 26 Brandon Marshall 3
Keenan Burton 6'0" Anthony Gonzalez 193 Chansi Stuckey 26 Greg Jennings 3
Steve Smith 5'9" Derrick Mason 192 Vincent Jackson 26 Marques Colston 3
Rashied Davis 5'9" Chad Ochocinco 192 Nate Washington 26 Lance Moore 3
Wes Welker 5'9" Bobby Engram 192 Brandon Marshall 25 Domenik Hixon 3
Lance Moore 5'9" Deion Branch 192 Anthony Gonzalez 25 Sinorice Moss 3
Deion Branch 5'9" Antwaan Randle El 192 Mike Walker 25 Jeremy Maclin 3
Sinorice Moss 5'8" David Patten 190 Dwayne Bowe 25 Steve Breaston 2
Devin Hester 5'11" Torry Holt 190 Domenik Hixon 25 Calvin Johnson 2
Laveranues Coles 5'11" Davone Bess 190 Santonio Holmes 25 Anthony Gonzalez 2
Greg Jennings 5'11" Lance Moore 190 Donnie Avery 25 Mike Walker 2
Ted Ginn Jr. 5'11" Steve Breaston 189 Keenan Burton 25 Dwayne Bowe 2
Joey Galloway 5'11" Devin Hester 189 James Hardy 24 Ted Ginn Jr. 2
Devery Henderson 5'11" Santonio Holmes 189 Calvin Johnson 24 Sidney Rice 2
Steve Smith 5'11" Isaac Bruce 188 Davone Bess 24 Steve Smith 2
Santonio Holmes 5'11" Rashied Davis 187 Ted Ginn Jr. 24 Chansi Stuckey 2
Chris Chambers 5'11" Kevin Curtis 186 Steve Smith 24 Josh Morgan 2
Donnie Avery 5'11" Steve Smith 185 Chaz Schilens 24 Keenan Burton 2
Mark Clayton 5'10" Bernard Berrian 185 Josh Morgan 24 James Hardy 1
Derrick Mason 5'10" Wes Welker 185 Jason Hill 24 Earl Bennett 1
Lee Evans 5'10" Sinorice Moss 185 Laurent Robinson 24 Eddie Royal 1
David Patten 5'10" Chansi Stuckey 185 Eddie Royal 23 Davone Bess 1
Eddie Royal 5'10" Nate Washington 185 Sidney Rice 23 Chaz Schilens 1
Bobby Engram 5'10" Donnie Avery 184 DeSean Jackson 23 DeSean Jackson 1
Davone Bess 5'10" Eddie Royal 182 Devin Thomas 23 Brandon Jones 1
DeSean Jackson 5'10" Domenik Hixon 182 Earl Bennett 22 Donnie Avery 1
Antwaan Randle El 5'10" Ted Ginn Jr. 178 Darrius Heyward-Bey 22 Justin Gage 1
Santana Moss 5'10" DeSean Jackson 175 Jeremy Maclin 21 Darrius Heyward-Bey 0

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

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