Shortest NFL player, tallest NFL player active on teams in 2021


Football is a game of inches, but sometimes they don’t tell the full story.

Some of the shortest players in the NFL are impact players on contenders. Between No. 1 running backs, shifty receivers and speedy cornerbacks, there are tiny players across the league with major roles on their teams.

Who is the shortest player in the NFL?

There are four players in the NFL who stand at 5-foot-6: New England Patriots running back J.J. Taylor, Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott, Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen and New Orleans Saints receiver/return specialist Deonte Harris. 

Taylor, Scott and Cohen have stepped up as spark plugs in their respective backfields, while Harris was an All-Pro returner in his first NFL season. Their heights might put them at a disadvantage, but all four of these players have enhanced other elements of their games to stick in the NFL.


Who is the tallest player in the NFL?

The NFL welcomes short-sized players like Scott or Cohen but the league is also home to some truly massive human beings. Whether it is in the trenches or at the tight end position, there are football players who would tower over NBA superstars.

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueve and recently released offensive lineman Dan Skipper are the two tallest players in the NFL at 6-foot-9. While Villanueve and Skipper stand above everyone else, more than half of the teams in the NFL have at least one player who is 6-foot-8. Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown, Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown and even Villanueve’s teammate Calais Campbell are among the most towering behemoths in the league.

Here is a look at the shortest and tallest players on each NFL team:

Arizona Cardinals

Shortest: WR Rondale Moore (5-foot-7)

Tallest: OL Koda Martin, TE Demetrius Harris (6-foot-7)

Atlanta Falcons

Shortest: WR Olamide Zaccheaus (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OL Jalen Spriggs, TE Lee Smith, TE Kyle Pitts, OT Kaleb McGary, QB Feleipe Franks (6-foot-6)


Baltimore Ravens

Shortest: S Ar'Darius Washington (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OT Alejandro Villanueva (6-foot-9)

Buffalo Bills

Shortest: RB Devin Singletary (5-foot-7)

Tallest: OT Tommy Doyle, OT Spencer Brown (6-foot-8)

Carolina Panthers

Shortest: S Sean Chandler, CB Donte Jackson, WR Shi Smith (5-foot-10)

Tallest: DE Darryl Johnson, G Dennis Daley, OT Brady Christensen, TE Dan Arnold (6-foot-6)

Chicago Bears

Shortest: RB Tarik Cohen (5-foot-6)

Tallest: TE Jesse James, TE Jimmy Graham (6-foot-7)

Cincinnati Bengals

Shortest: S Ricardo Allen, CB Mike Hilton (5-foot-9)

Tallest: OT Isaiah Prince, OT Fred Johnson (6-foot-7)

Cleveland Browns

Shortest: RB Demetric Felton (5-foot-9)

Tallest: DT Malik McDowell, G Blake Hance, OT Jack Conklin (6-foot-6)

Dallas Cowboys

Shortest: CB Jourdan Lewis (5-foot-10)

Tallest: OT Ty Nsekhe, OT Josh Ball (6-foot-8)

Denver Broncos

Shortest: WR Diontae Spencer (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OT Bobby Massie, G Graham Glasgow (6-foot-6)

Detroit Lions

Shortest: WR Kalif Raymond (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OT Matt Nelson, TE Darren Fells, OT Taylor Decker (6-foot-7)

Green Bay Packers

Shortest: RB Aaron Jones, WR Amari Rodgers (5-foot-9)

Tallest: OT Dennis Kelly (6-foot-8)

Houston Texans

Shortest: RB Phillip Lindsay, RB Scottie Phillips (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OL Charlie Heck (6-foot-8)

Indianapolis Colts

Shortest: RB Nyheim Hines, CB Kenny Moore II (5-foot-9)

Tallest: OT Matt Pryor, OT Julian Davenport, DT DeForest Buckner (6-foot-7)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Shortest: WR Tavon Austin (5-foot-8)


Tallest: OT Walker Little (6-foot-7)

Kansas City Chiefs

Shortest: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (5-foot-7)

Tallest: OT Orlando Brown (6-foot-8)

Las Vegas Raiders

Shortest: RB Jalen Richard, CBAmik Robertson (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OT Brandon Parker, OT Kolton Miller (6-foot-8)

Los Angeles Chargers

Shortest: RB Austin Ekeler, S Alohi Gilman, CB Chris Harris Jr., RB Larry Rountree III, CB Asante Samuel Jr. (5-foot-10)

Tallest: TE Donald Parham Jr. (6-foot-8)

Los Angeles Rams

Shortest: RB Darrell Henderson (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OT Rob Havenstein (6-foot-8)

Miami Dolphins

Shortest: WR Jakeem Grant Sr. (5-foot-7)

Tallest: TE Adam Shaheen, DT Raekwon Davis (6-foot-7)

Minnesota Vikings

Shortest: RB Dalvin Cook, CB Mackensie Alexander (5-foot-10)

Tallest: OT Brian O’Neill, OT Blake Brandel (6-foot-7)

New England Patriots

Shortest: RB J.J. Taylor (5-foot-6)

Tallest: OT Trent Brown (6-foot-8)

New Orleans Saints

Shortest: WR/RS Deonte Harris (5-foot-6)

Tallest: OT Landon Young, OL Andrus Peat, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (6-foot-7)

New York Giants

Shortest: DB Keion Crossen, CB Darnay Holmes, WR Sterling Shepard (5-foot-10)

Tallest: OT Nate Solder (6-foot-8)

New York Jets

Shortest: RB Michael Carter, S Lamarcus Joyner (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OT Conor McDermott (6-foot-8)

Philadelphia Eagles

Shortest: RB Boston Scott (5-foot-6)

Tallest: OT Jordan Mailata (6-foot-8)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Shortest: RB Anthony McFarland Jr. (5-foot-8)

Tallest: TE Zach Gentry, OT Zach Banner (6-foot-8)

San Francisco 49ers

Shortest: RB JaMycal Hasty (5-foot-8)


Tallest: OT Mike McGlinchey (6-foot-8)

Seattle Seahawks

Shortest: FS Ugo Amadi, FS Quandre Diggs, WR Dee Eskridge, CB D.J. Reed (5-foot-9)

Tallest: OT Stone Forsythe (6-foot-8)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Shortest: WR Jaelon Darden (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OLB Anthony Nelson (6-foot-7)

Tennessee Titans

Shortest: WR Cameron Batson, RB Mekhi Sargent (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OT Taylor Lewan (6-foot-7)

Washington Football Team

Shortest: WR DeAndre Carter, RB Jaret Patterson (5-foot-8)

Tallest: OT Cornelius Lucas (6-foot-8)