Fifteen inches — nearly half a yard — separate
Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, the tallest and shortest players in the NFL.
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Sproles and Villanueva aren't alone at either end of the spectrum:
A pair of NFL players come in at 5-foot-6 each as the shortest players in the league: Sproles and
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen.
Sproles, a 13-year vet out of
Kansas State, is closing in on 20,000 career all-purpose yards. Cohen, a rookie out of FCS North Carolina A&T, has exploded onto the scene as a playmaking back.
If you jump up one inch, six NFL players stand 5-foot-7, all running backs (
Denver's De'Angelo Henderson, Tampa Bay's Jaquizz Rodgers and Atlanta's Terron Ward) or wide receivers (Denver's Isaiah McKenzie, New Orleans' Tommylee Lewis, and Miami's Jakeem Grant).
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On the other end of the measuring tape, four NFL offensive tackles stand 6-foot-9, or 15 inches taller than the diminutive running backs.
They are: third-year Pittsburgh OT Alejandro Villanueva (
Army), ninth-year Tampa Bay OT Demar Dotson ( Southern Miss), second year Detroit OT Brian Mihalik ( Boston College), and rookie Washington OT Kevin Bowen ( East Central).
Just missing the cut are 11 offensive linemen and two defensive linemen (
Jacksonville's Calais Campbell and Indianapolis' Margus Hunt) who stand 6-foot-8.
Drop one more inch and you find 43 NFL payers listed 6-foot-7, ranging in position from quarterback (Denver's
Brock Osweiler AND Paxton Lynch) to tight end, defensive line, offensive line and even a linebacker ( Washington's Lynden Trail).
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