I’ve been a collegiate sports performance coach for 20 years. And, one of the things that I would always do with players is show them the average heights and weights of players at their position in the NFL.
This would normally serve as motivation for them to gain weight to be more in line with players at their position at the next level. (It would also sometimes be a 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 175 active wide receivers across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest wide receivers as well. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random football knowledge.
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Average Height of an NFL Wide Receiver
The average height of an NFL Wide Receiver is 72.53 inches or 6’0 1/2.
Average Weight of an NFL Wide Receiver
The average weight of an NFL Wide Receiver is 199.35 pounds.
Who Are The Tallest Wide Receivers in the NFL?
Here are the six tallest wide receivers in the NFL in 2023, all listed at 6’5″ tall.
- Equanimeous St. Brown – Bears
- Allen Lazard – Packers
- Christian Watson – Packers
- Mike Evans – Bucs
- Cam Sims – Commanders
- Mike Strachan – Colts
Who is the Shortest Wide Receiver in the NFL?
There are 11 receivers listed at 5’8″, but only one is listed at 5’7″. The honor for the shortest receiver in the league goes to Greg Dortch of the Arizona Cardinals.
Who are the Heaviest Wide Receivers in the NFL?
The five heaviest receivers in the NFL in 2023 are all listed at over 225 pounds:
- Chase Claypool – 238 pounds – Bears
- DK Metcalf – 235 pounds – Seahawks
- Mike Evans – 231 pounds – Bucs
- Allen Lazard – 227 pounds – Packers
- A.J. Brown – 226 pounds – Eagles
Who are the Lightest Wide Receivers in the NFL?
The six lightest receivers are all listed at 170 pounds or lighter.
- KaVontae Turpin – 153 pounds – Cowboys
- Deven Thompkins – 155 pounds – Bucs
- Tutu Atwell – 165 pounds – Rams
- Marquise Brown – 170 pounds – Cardinals
- Montrell Washington – 170 pounds – Broncos
- DeVonta Smith – 170 pounds – Eagles
NFL Wide Receivers, as a position, have one of the widest ranges of body types you’ll find in the league. From 6’5″ 225-plus pounds all the way to 5’8″ and less than 170 pounds.
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