The Height of Every Starting NFL Quarterback


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If you laid out all the starting NFL quarterbacks from the 2016 season head-to-toe (most of whom are still starting in 2019), not only would it be an incredibly weird thing to do, but they would equal a 67-yard gain.  Specifically, the combined heights of all 32 starting QBs is 201 feet and three inches.

Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler is the league’s tallest signal caller.  He’s 6’8”.  The shortest is Russell Wilson at 5’11”. 


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Wilson is the only starting quarterback under six-feet tall and one of three under 6’2” (Drew Brees 6’0” and Tyrod Taylor 6’1” are the other too). 


Ten starting QBs are 6’4”.



Six are 6’2”



And another six are 6’5”


Five stand at 6’3”


So, 27 of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks for 2016 campaign are between 6’2” and 6’5”.

Some teams, like the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Steelers, have obvious starting quarterbacks.  Other teams’ depth charts are a little murky (thank you New York Jets).  For those teams, we picked the quarterback that finished the season.

Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer, 6’5”

Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan, 6’4”

Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco, 6’6”

Buffalo Bills
Tyrod Taylor, 6’1”

Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton, 6’5”

Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler, 6’3”

Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton, 6’2”

Cleveland Browns
Robert Griffin III, 6’2”

Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott, 6’2”

Denver Broncos
Trevor Siemian, 6’3”

Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford, 6’3”

Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers, 6’2”

Houston Texans
Brock Osweiler, 6’8”

Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck, 6’4”

Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles, 6’5”

Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith, 6’4”

Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff, 6’4”

Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill, 6’4”

Minnesota Vikings
Teddy Bridgewater, 6’2”

New England Patriots
Tom Brady, 6’4”

New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees, 6’0”

New York Giants
Eli Manning, 6’4”

New York Jets
Ryan Fitzpatrick, 6’2”

Oakland Raiders
Derek Carr, 6’3”

Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz, 6’5”

Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger, 6’5”

San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers, 6’5”

San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick, 6’4”

Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson, 5’11”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston, 6’4”

Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota, 6’4”

Washington Redskins
Kirk Cousins, 6’3”

Notable Backups
Matt Barkley, 6’2”
Sam Bradford, 6’4”
Matt Cassel, 6’4”
Nick Foles, 6’6”
Jimmy Garoppolo, 6’2”
Paxton Lynch, 6’7”
Tony Romo, 6’2”
Mark Sanchez, 6’2”
Matt Schaub, 6’6”
Geno Smith, 6’3”


Even if you include backups, Osweiler and Wilson are still the tallest and smallest QBs respectively.  Most NFL backups are between that ideal range of 6’2” and 6’5”—while a few are 6’0” and 6’1”.

The top quarterbacks projected to go in the 2017 NFL Draft all stand 6’2” or taller.  The top QB, Mitch Trubisky, is 6’3”.  Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is 6’2”.

Returning to the subject of backups, Wilson’s backup is Trevone Boykin.  He’s 6’0”.  That means Seattle has the shortest quarterbacks in the league. 

Flacco, who is the second tallest quarterback in the league, has for his backup, Ryan Mallet.  Both quarterbacks are 6’6”.  The Ravens have 13 feet of quarterback on their roster.

(All heights are from


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