20 of the Tallest NFL Wide Receivers

20 of the Tallest NFL Wide Receivers

NFL wide receivers are some of the most popular players on the football field. Known for their larger-than-life personality, incredible route-running, sticky hands, trash talk, and speed, NFL wide receivers bring a lot to the table and can be a difference maker on a team’s offense. 

Especially in today’s league, wide receivers are becoming more and more versatile on the field. They act as key blockers in the run game, they’re running the ball more than ever, and they’re even seen throwing the ball in some more rare scenarios. The more they can do, the better. 

With that said, NFL wide receivers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of them are barely six feet tall, while others can be as tall as 6’8’’. Some of them are big and strong, while others are small and fast. As long as they can produce on the football field, they’ll have a job.

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Who Are the Tallest NFL Wide Receivers in 2022?

20 of the Tallest NFL Wide Receivers
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There are pros and cons to being one of the tallest wide receivers in the league. On one side of the spectrum, there aren’t many – if any – cornerbacks that can match their size. This makes those 50-50 balls that much easier to grab, especially when the offense is in the red zone. 

On the other end of the spectrum, taller receivers generally lack the speed that other receivers and defensive backs have. While that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re slow, they do give up some leverage when running routes. That’s why tall receivers usually don’t run a fly route. 

In the league today, the average height of a wide receiver is between 6’1’’ and 6’2’’. For reference, quarterbacks are 6’4’’ on average and running backs are around 5’10’’ on average. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the tallest NFL wide receivers in the league today. 

20. Michael Pittman Jr.

Michael Pittman Jr. is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. He just completed his second season in the NFL after being drafted by the Colts in the second round (No. 34 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played college ball at USC and high school ball at Oaks Christian.

Pittman Jr. played in 13 games his rookie season and grabbed 40 receptions (61 targets) for 503 yards and one touchdown. He had an even better season in 2021, grabbing 88 catches (129 targets) for 1,082 yards and six touchdowns. The Colts have big expectations for him in 2022.

19. DJ Chark Jr.

DJ Chark Jr. is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He just completed his fourth season in the NFL after being drafted by the Jaguars in the second round (61st overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU and high school football at Alexandria. 

Chark Jr. only had 14 receptions for 174 yards in his rookie season, but broke out in a major way in 2019 with 73 receptions (118 targets) for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. After putting up 53 catches for 706 yards and five touchdowns in 2020, he missed most of 2021 due to injury.

18. Chase Claypool

Chase Claypool is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He just completed his second season in the NFL after being drafted by the Steelers in the second round (49th overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame between 2016 and 2019. 

Claypool is a promising young receiver that posted an impressive 62 receptions (109 targets) for 873 yards and 9 touchdowns his rookie season. He followed that up with 59 receptions (105 targets) for 860 yards and two touchdowns in 2021. He’ll have a new quarterback in 2022. 

17. Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He just completed his second season in the NFL after being drafted by the Bengals in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. He will have a chance at winning a Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13th. 

Higgins had a breakout rookie season a year ago, recording 67 catches (108 targets) for 908 yards and six touchdowns. He had an even bigger season this year with 74 receptions (110 targets) for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns. He’ll continue to grow and evolve as a receiver.

16. Miles Boykin

Miles Boykin is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens. He just completed his third season in the NFL after being drafted by the Ravens in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He has yet to make an impact in Baltimore, but has plenty of time left in his career.

Boykin recorded just 32 receptions, 464 yards, and seven touchdowns in his first two seasons, but 2021 was a major disappointment. He played just nine games and only recorded one catch for six yards. Most of his work came on special teams and that role will likely continue in 2022. 

15. Mike Williams

Mike Williams is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers. He just completed his fifth season in the NFL after being drafted 17th overall by the Chargers at the 2017 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson and high school football at Lake Marion (South Carolina).

Williams was supposed to be the next big thing in the NFL, but it has taken him some time to get acclimated. After just 54 catches, 759 yards, and 10 touchdowns in his first two years, he has posted more than 1,000 yards two of the past three years – including his best year yet in 2021. 

14. N’Keal Harry

N’Keal Harry is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the New England Patriots. He just completed his third season in the NFL after being drafted 32nd overall by the Patriots in 2019. He played college football at Arizona State and high school football at Marcos de Niza and Chandler in Arizona.

Much like Williams in 2017, Harry had high expectations coming out of college. Unfortunately, he hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being drafted in the first round. In 33 games played, he has just 18 starts, 57 catches, 598 yards, and four touchdowns through the air. 

13. Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. He just completed his fourth season in the NFL after being drafted by the Broncos in the second round (40th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. He played college ball at SMU and high school ball at Brenham in Texas. 

Sutton had a productive rookie season in 2018, finishing with 42 catches, 704 yards, and four touchdowns. He had his first and only 1,000-yard season in 2019, coupled with 72 catches and six touchdowns – all of which career-highs. He had a decent 2021 after missing most of 2020.

12. DK Metcalf

DK Metcalf is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. He just completed his third season in the NFL after being drafted by the Seahawks in the second round (64th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Ole Miss and high school ball at Oxford in Mississippi. 

Metcalf is known for his built body, which makes him the equivalent of a bulldozer running down the field. After an impressive 900-yard, seven-touchdown rookie year, he posted career-highs in 2020 with 83 catches, 1,303 yards, and 10 touchdowns. He then had 12 touchdowns in 2021. 

11. A.J. Green

A.J. Green is a 6’4’’ wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. He just completed his 10th season in the NFL after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the fourth overall pick in 2011. He played college football at Georgia and high school football at Summerville in South Carolina. 

Green was one of the premier receivers in the league between 2011 and 2018, making it to seven-straight Pro Bowls and recording six 1,000-yard seasons during that span. He hasn’t been the same since his ankle injury that kept him out of the 2019 season, but he’s still elite. 

10. Preston Williams

Preston Williams is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. He just completed his third season in the NFL after being signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado State and high school football at Lovejoy in Georgia. 

Williams had an impressive 2019 campaign for an undrafted rookie, posting 32 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns. He took a step back in 2020 with just 18 catches and 288 yards, but scored a career-high four touchdowns before having a disappointing 2021 season.

9. Mike Strachan

Mike Strachan is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. He just completed his first season in the NFL after being drafted by the Colts in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Charleston and high school ball at LCA in Virginia.

Strachan only appeared in six games and only had three targets his rookie year – all three of which came in the first two weeks of the season. He had two catches for 26 yards in the season opener, but failed to ring in a catch for the rest of the year. He has some promise in this league.

8. Lawrence Cager

Lawrence Cager is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the New York Jets. He just completed his second season in the NFL after being signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Georgia and high school ball at Calvert Hall College High School. 

Cager spent the 2020 season with the Jets, but only had two catches for 35 yards in two games. He then appeared in one game for the Cleveland Browns in 2021, but signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets in 2022. We have yet to see if he’ll amount to anything. 

7. T.J. Vasher

T.J. Vasher is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. He just completed his first season in the league after being signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2021 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Tech and high school football at S.H. Rider High School in Texas. 

Vasher has yet to play a game in the NFL and is currently on a roster filled with talented receivers. He has a long way to go if he wants to make it to the 53-man roster, but he’s where he wants to be after playing football in the Texas area for high school, college, and now the NFL.

6. Equanimeous St. Brown

Equanimeous St. Brown is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. He just completed his third season in the NFL after being drafted by the Packers in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Notre Dame and high school ball in California.

St. Brown had 21 catches for 328 yards as a rookie in 2018 and it seemed like he had a bright future for someone many people overlooked. Unfortunately, he has only posted 16 catches, 215 yards, and one touchdown over the past two years as he continues to fall down the depth chart.

5. Auden Tate

Auden Tate is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He just completed his fourth season in the NFL after being drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Florida State and high school ball at Wharton.

Tate didn’t see a lot of opportunity as a rookie in 2018, but had a breakout year in 2019 with 40 catches (80 targets) for 575 yards and one touchdown in 12 games. He followed that up with 14 catches for 150 yards in 2020 and just three catches for 39 yards and one touchdown in 2021. 

4. Cam Sims

Cam Sims is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the Washington Commanders. He just completed his fourth season in the NFL after being signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Alabama and high school ball at Ouachita Parish in Louisiana. 

Sims only appeared in eight games through his first two years in the league, but started to see opportunity in 2020 – where he finished with 32 catches for 477 yards and one touchdown. Those opportunities faded in 2021 as he only had 15 catches, 211 yards, and two touchdowns. 

3. Allen Lazard

Allen Lazard is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. He just completed his fourth season in the NFL after being signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He played college football at Iowa State and played high school football at Urbandale in Iowa. 

Lazard only appeared in one game as a rookie, but has been a consistent producer for the Packers over the past three years. He has at least 33 catches, 451 yards, and three touchdowns in each of the past three seasons, including career-highs in each this past season.

2. Mike Evans

Mike Evans is a 6’5’’ wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He just completed his eighth season in the NFL after being drafted by the Buccaneers with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M with Johnny Manziel as his QB.

Evans is one of the best receivers in the game and has been since he entered the league. He has posted at least 67 receptions, 1,001 yards, and three touchdowns in each of his eight seasons, including surpassing 10 touchdowns four times (2014, 2016, 2020, and 2021).

1. Collin Johnson

Collin Johnson is a 6’6’’ wide receiver for the New York Giants. He just completed his second season in the NFL after being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas between 2016 and 2019.

Johnson spent the 2020 season with the Jaguars and had 18 catches, 272 yards, and two touchdowns his rookie year. He then spent the 2021 season with the Giants and put up 11 catches for 105 yards. He has some promise in this league, but we’ll see what happens. 

Who Are the Tallest NFL Wide Receivers of All-Time?

In the history of the NFL, there has only been one wide receiver that stood at least 6’8’’ and his name was Harold Carmichael. He was a beast of a man that stood 6’8’’ and weighed 225 pounds. He finished his 14-year career with 590 catches, 8,985 yards, and 79 touchdowns. 

Outside of Carmichael, some of the tallest NFL wide receivers of all-time include Ramses Barden (6’6’’), Pat McInally (6’6’’), Calvin Johnson (6’5’’), Plaxico Burress (6’5’’), Vincent Jackson (6’5’’), Malcolm Floyd (6’5’’), Boyd Dowler (6’5’’), and Brandon Marshall (6’5’’).

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As NFL players continue to grow taller and bigger, you can expect to see plenty of tall NFL wide receivers enter the league in the near future. It’s something we’re seeing in all sports – including tennis, basketball, baseball, and even hockey. Players are evolving and it’s exciting to witness.

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