Who are the Tallest NFL Players in 2023?

The NFL is a big mans game, but who is the biggest of the big? Let's find out who the tallest NFL players are in 2023.

Who are the Tallest NFL Players in 2023?
Wade McElwain

Written by: Wade McElwain

(Senior Sports Writer)

Fact checked by: Umaima Saeed

(Sports Writer)

Last updated: 2023-11-14

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When it comes to the NFL, fans are accustomed to seeing a wide array of athletes, from speedy and agile wide receivers to hulking linemen.  However, one aspect that consistently captures the imagination of fans is the sheer size of some of the players.
So among all of these NFL giants, who are the top 5 tallest players in the league for the 2023 season? 

Meet the Tallest NFL Players

While the NFL boasts an abundance of talented players, only a handful can be considered giants among giants. Over the years, a few players have stood head and shoulders above the rest, quite literally.
Let’s take a look at the tallest men in the game of the 2023 season. 

Dan Skipper-6’10” OT

Topping the list by an inch, is 29 year-old Detroit Lions offensive tackle Dan Skipper, who is the closest the league has to a 7 footer.  Skipper and the rest of the O line have been instrumental in keeping Jared Goff safe as they chart a path to the playoffs. 

Damar Dotson-6’9” OT

Coming in just below skipper, is Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran Damar Dotson at 6’9”, and 315 pounds. 38 year-old Dotson is another valued offensive tackle, who uses his big man status to keep Baker Mayfield protected. 

Mike McGlinchey-6’8” OT

Denver Broncos OT Mike McGlinchey is a big, young man, who makes an even bigger impact on the field. The 28 year-old who played for Notre Dame recently moved to the Broncos from the 49ers. He even shares a big time family relative, in his cousin, and former QB Matt Ryan. 

Orlando Brown-6’8” OT

Another player with a big pedigree is Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Orlando Brown, who also happens to be the son of former Ravens great Orlando Brown Sr.  27 year-old Orlando has reasons to stretch out, after signing a 4 year, $64 million contract with the Bengals to start the 2023 season. 

Calais Campbell-6’8” DT

Also joining the 6’8” club is Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Calais Campbell, a fierce competitor in the game. Since being selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, the 37 year-old veteran Campbell has continued to enforce his big man status across the league. 

Tallest Position

In terms of the overall tallest player position in the NFL, the big boys of the offensive line pad the stats as being the biggest.  Offensive Tackles have that precarious job of trying to protect the QB at all costs, even if it means sacrificing their big bodies to do so. 

Tallest Tight End

Tight Ends are also know for their size, as the fulfil utility roles of being able to block and being able to catch. 
The tallest tight end to ever play the position would be former Kansas City Chiefs TE Morris Stroud Jr. Coming in at 6’10”, Stroud played for the Chiefs for five seasons between 1970 and 1974.  Stroud was mostly used in field goal blocks, and even had a rule named after him.  Morris would stand up the field goal posts, then attempt to deflect the ball when it came down. The big man was also able to get his first and only Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs in their Super Bowl IV victory. 

Richard Sligh: The NFL's Tallest Player

As of 2022, the title of the tallest player in the NFL ever belongs to Richard Sligh.  Standing at an astonishing 7 feet tall 2 inches tall, and weighing 444 pounds, Sligh was a true behemoth on the football field. He is not only known for his extraordinary height but also for his incredible athleticism and skills.
Unfortunately for Sligh, he only played 8 professional games in total during the 1967 season. While Richard Sligh’s size was a novelty to many fans, coaches didn’t really know how to use his size to the best effect.

The Impact of Height in the NFL

While height can be an advantage in the NFL, it also presents unique challenges. Taller players often have a longer reach, making it easier for them to catch high passes or block kicks. However, their increased height can also lead to a higher center of gravity, which may affect their balance and agility.
Many of these players need to develop new skills to adapt to the demands of a professional football career. Everyone wants to see the big guy block a field goal!
Height continues to be a topic of NFL conversation, particularly in the quarterback position. In a league that is filling up with 7 footers, a 5’9” QB is going to struggle to see over the line, or even the field. 
So while Dan Skipper might be the current tallest player in the NFL, he wasn’t the first, and he most certainly won’t be the last.

Wade McElwain

Wade McElwain

Wade McElwain is our Mr. NFL, a bona fide North American sports nut who knows about NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA plus MMA boxing and more. Originally from Canada, Wade is also an international award-winning stand-up comedian; host of numerous TV game shows; and a TV producer & writer. He also runs NFL in London-the largest NFL fan group in Europe, and has hosted NFL events at Wembley and around the world. Yes, he lives alone and does nothing but watch sports.

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