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It is census time once again! You loved our Unofficial 2013 NFL Player Census, and we’re back with the updated version for 2014. We’ve improved upon last year’s census in both complexity and accuracy.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept behind the census, we essentially gather as much data as possible about the roughly 1700 players who made a final 53-man roster. We made room for some stars who are either suspended or temporarily injured. Ray Rice, whose future with the league currently hangs in the balance, was removed from the study. We then use the data in various ways to draw interesting conclusions about the league.
Part 1: Physical Attributes And Race
Height and Weight
Whether you’re talking about the Jets’ 6’7?, 364 lbs. defensive tackle T.J. Barnes, or shifty Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who stands at a mere 5’6?, 188 lbs., players of all shapes and sizes bring something to the table for their teams.
Let’s take a closer look at the shapes and sizes of this league’s players. Below, the average height and weight of each of the league’s positions.
Unsurprisingly, offensive linemen occupy the three top spots for height. Tackles, tight ends, and guards stand taller than 6’4? on average. At the bottom of the list, we find running backs and cornerbacks as some of the few players with an average height lower than 6-foot. I am a bit surprised to see that cornerbacks on average are more than an inch shorter than wide receivers.
At 322.74 lbs on average, nose tackles take the prize for heaviest NFL position. These guys are meant to be the biggest meanest guys on the field, so seeing them atop the list makes sense. The built-for-speed cornerbacks are the lightest guys in the league by nearly 8 pounds. At 195, cornerback is the only position with an average weight below 200 pounds.