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 ‘about average’ 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 111 active safeties (both free safeties and strong safeties) across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest safeties as well. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random football knowledge.
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Average Height of an NFL Safety
The average height of an NFL Safety is 72.01 inches (right at 6’0″ tall).
Average Weight of an NFL Safety
The average weight of an NFL Safety is 203.5 pounds.
Who Are The Tallest Safeties in the NFL?
There are only 3 guys listed at 6’4″ which is the tallest height for any safety.
- Isaiah Pola-Man – Raiders
- Kyle Hamilton – Ravens
- Jayron Kearse – Cowboys
Who are the Shortest Safeties in the NFL?
There are 5 guys listed at 5’9″, but only one listed at 5’8″ – the shortest in the league.
- Lamarcus Joyner – 5’8″ – Jets
- Tyrann Mathieu – 5’9″ – Saints
- Quandre Diggs – 5’9″ – Seahawks
- Bobby McCain – 5’9″ – Commanders
- K’Waun Williams – 5’9″ – Broncos
- Antoine Winfield Jr – 5’9″ – Bucs
Who are the Heaviest Safeties in the NFL?
Many people still think of safeties are small defensive backs but that is not the case at all. I actually got to coach Tariq when he was at Georgia Tech and I can tell you first-hand that that weight is accurate and he carries it incredibly well.
- Tariq Carpenter – 230 pounds – Packers
- Erik Harris – 225 pounds – Falcons
- Kyle Hamilton – 220 pounds – Ravens
- Jeremy Chinn – 220 pounds – Panthers
- Kyle Dugger – 220 pounds – Patriots
- Rayshawn Jenkins – 220 pounds – Jaguars
Who are the Lightest Safeties in the NFL?
There are only 7 safeties total who are listed at under 190 pounds. Here are the five lightest:
- Damontae Kazee – 174 pounds – Steelers
- Kareem Jackson – 183 pounds – Broncos
- Rodney McLeod – 183 pounds – Colts
- Lamarcus Joyner – 185 pounds – Jets
- K’Waun Williams – 185 pounds – Broncos
So, what did I learn?
Safeties are big.
Safeties and cornerbacks are roughly the same average height (both around six feet tall), but safeties on average weigh about 10 pounds more. That is a significant, and necessary, difference especially if you’re heavily involved in the run game.
On the flip side, I was actually a little surprised that only 3 safeties measure 6’4″ or more. I thought that number would have been higher.
I’ve done the same height and weight breakdown for other positions too including: