I’ve been a collegiate sports performance coach for 20 years. One thing I always felt was effective was showing guys the heights and weights of players at their position in the NFL.
It helped give many players the extra motivation needed to gain weight when they were able to compare themselves to guys at the next level. (Sometimes it was even a stark reality check for, say, defensive backs who thought 175 pounds was ‘an average size’ to play in the NFL.)
So, this is essentially the same research I would share with players, but now I’m sharing it with you. I took 53-man active rosters for the 2022 season (just before the final week of the season – Jan 2023), almost 1700 players total and broke them down by position.
For this guide, I took an average of the heights and weights of the 47 active centers across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest centers as well. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random football knowledge.
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Average Height of an NFL Center
The average height of an NFL Center is 75.91 inches (just under 6’4″ tall).
Average Weight of an NFL Center
The average weight of an NFL Center is 306.2 pounds.
Who Are The Tallest Centers in the NFL?
Not surprisingly, there are some big humans playing on the offensive line. There are 6 centers listed at 6’6″, the tallest in the league.
- Luke Fortner – Jaguars
- Graham Glasgow – Broncos
- Ethan Pocic – Browns
- Mitch Morse – Bills
- Nick Gates – Giants
- Austin Schlottman – Vikings
Who are the Shortest Centers in the NFL?
There are no centers currently in the NFL under 6’2″. There are seven guys that are listed right at 6’2″.
- Sam Mustipher – Bears
- Brian Allen – Rams
- Austin Blythe – Seahawks
- Tyler Linderbaum – Ravens
- James Ferentz – Patriots
- Kody Russey – Patriots
- J.C. Hassenauer – Steelers
Who are the Heaviest Centers in the NFL?
Centers are typically the lightest guys on the offensive line. There are only 5 guys listed at 320 pounds or higher.
- Trey Hill – 335 pounds – Bengals
- Sam Mustipher – 332 pounds – Bears
- Bradley Bozeman – 325 pounds – Panthers
- Jon Feliciano – 325 pounds – Giants
- Trystan Colon – 320 pounds – Ravens
Who are the Lightest Centers in the NFL?
You might assume that all NFL Offensive Linemen are over 300 pounds, but that’s not the case. There are 9 Centers that are listed at under 300 pounds. Here are the five lightest:
- Sean Harlow – 284 pounds – Cardinals
- J.C. Hassenauer – 295 pounds – Steelers
- Jason Kelce – 295 pounds – Eagles
- Nick Martin – 295 pounds – Commanders
- Greg Van Roten – 295 pounds – Bills
So, what did I learn?
Centers are generally the smallest position group of the offensive line, but they’re hardly small. Not one center is currently listed under 6’2″ and about 90% of them are 300 pounds plus.
At most positions, there is a correlation between the tallest and heaviest players along with the shortest and lightest. It only makes sense. Not so with Centers though.
I listed almost half the centers in the NFL in one of the four categories above and yet only one name, J.C. Hassenauer, shows up on two lists.
I’ve done the same height and weight breakdown for other positions too including: