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 2023 season (just after final roster cuts at the end of preseason), almost 1700 players total and broke them down by position.
For this guide, I took an average of the heights and weights of the 46 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.
Average Height of an NFL Center
The average height of an NFL Center is 75.71 inches (just under 6’3 3/4″ tall).
Average Weight of an NFL Center
The average weight of an NFL Center is 308.09 pounds.
Who Are The Tallest Centers in the NFL?
There are a total of 10 guys listed at 6’5″ or taller. Out of those 10, 4 are listed at 6’6″.
Who are the Shortest Centers in the NFL?
Not all NFL Offensive Lineman are 6’6″.
In fact, there are 6 Centers 6’2″ or shorter on NFL Rosters to start the season in 2023.
Who are the Heaviest Centers in the NFL?
Centers are most often the smallest guys on the Offensive Line.
Having said that, there are still 5 guys that tip the scale at 320 pounds or more.
Who are the Lightest Centers in the NFL?
It surprises a lot of people to learn that not all Offensive Linemen are over 300 pounds.
There are 5 Centers this year under 300 pounds (and another 5 that are listed at exactly 300 pounds).
This is the second season that I’ve run this data and I thought it would be interesting to keep an ‘archive’, if you will, of past seasons to watch how the sizes of players evolve over the years.
So here are the numbers for the 2022 season which include 47 Centers:
Average Size of NFL Centers by Year
Not surprisingly, there are some big humans playing on the offensive line. There were 6 centers in 2022 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
There were no centers this year in the NFL under 6’2″. There were, however, 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
Centers are typically the lightest guys on the offensive line. There were 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
You might assume that all NFL Offensive Linemen are over 300 pounds, but that’s not the case. There were 9 Centers that were listed at under 300 pounds.
Here were 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 have I learned?
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.
Centers are generally all over the map (relatively speaking) when it comes to body types. To play Center, most importantly, you need to be smart, quick and athletic.
I’ve done the same height and weight breakdown for other positions too including: