What Is the Average Size for a Defensive Tackle?

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As of 2014, the average roster weight of a National Football League defensive tackle is about 298 pounds, according to information obtained by Business Insider. The same data indicates the average height of NFL players at the same position to be 6 feet 3 inches tall.

According to Scouts Inc., this is slightly less than the average weight of defensive tackle prospects that participated in the 2013 pre-NFL Draft Combine during the past five years, who averaged nearly 305 pounds. Statistics indicate a 16 percent increase in weight in the position since 1974, which saw the four defensive tackles drafted in the first round average just 267 pounds.