Average Height and Weight of NFL Quarterbacks in 2023


Average NFL Quarterback Height and Weight

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 ends who thought 210 pounds was ‘big enough’ 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 84 active quarterbacks across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest quarterbacks as well. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random football knowledge.

Average Height of an NFL Quarterback

The average height of an NFL Quarterback is 74.56 inches or roughly 6’2 1/2.

Average Weight of an NFL Quarterback

The average weight of an NFL Quarterback is 219.8 pounds.

Who Are The Tallest Quarterbacks in the NFL?

Here are the five tallest quarterbacks in the NFL in 2023, all listed at 6’6″ tall.

  • Joe Flacco – Jets
  • Justin Herbert – Chargers
  • Trevor Lawrence – Jaguars
  • Nick Foles – Colts
  • Nate Sudfeld – Lions

Who are the Shortest Quarterbacks in the NFL?

It’s really hard to play quarterback in the NFL if you’re under 6 feet tall. Only two quarterbacks in 2023 fell into this category, both listed at 5’11”.

  • PJ Walker – Panthers
  • Russell Wilson – Broncos

Who are the Heaviest Quarterbacks in the NFL?

It’s probably not too big of a surprise that the two heaviest quarterbacks are also two of the tallest. Here are the top 5.

  • Joe Flacco – 245 pounds – Jets
  • Nick Foles – 243 pounds – Colts
  • Dak Prescott – 238 pounds – Cowboys
  • Josh Allen – 237 pounds – Bills
  • Carson Wentz – 237 pounds – Commanders

Who are the Lightest Quarterbacks in the NFL?

Not a single quarterback in the NFL in 2023 is listed at under 200 pounds. Here are the five lightest.

  • John Woolford – 200 pounds – Rams
  • Logan Woodside – 201 pounds – Falcons
  • Trace McSorley – 202 pounds – Cardinals
  • Brett Rypien – 202 pounds – Broncos
  • Tyler Huntley – 204 pounds – Ravens

Final Thoughts

While many of us typically imagine all NFL quarterbacks as being 6’4″ (or taller), that’s simply not the case. Only 24 of 84 (28.6%) active quarterbacks in 2023 were listed at 6’4″ or taller.

And while not many would argue that being taller is definitely helpful at this position, there are plenty of guys around 6 feet tall who are currently playing at the highest level.

If you found this info interesting, you might also enjoy the fastest quarterbacks in NFL combine history.

Other Positions

I’ve done the same height and weight breakdown for other positions too including:

Resources

NFL.com

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Horton Barbell was created by Ryan Horton who has served as a Sports Performance Coach for almost 20 years. My mission is to create a training resource to help as many coaches and athletes as possible maximize athletic potential.

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