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The 58 Longest Arms in NFL History

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Former wide receiver Paul Williams has probably the highest arm length to height ratio of any NFL player. At only 6’1”, he has one of longest arms in the history of the NFL at 36".

Former wide receiver Paul Williams has probably the highest arm length to height ratio of any NFL player. At only 6’1”, he has one of longest arms in the history of the NFL at 36".

The reach or arm length of an NFL prospect is a key attribute to any position, especially to those playing along the line of scrimmage. Most NFL players are asked to win battles at the point of attack, and the players with the biggest frames and longest reaches have a clear advantage when engaging with an opposing player.

Benefits of Long Arms for Offense

As an offensive tackle, you are attempting to push someone in a particular direction on running plays and to stand your ground on passing plays. If a defender has arms notably longer than yours, this means that they are able to get their hands on your body, but your arms are not long enough for you to get your arms on theirs. It's really hard to push people or hold them back if you can't get your hands on them.

Benefits of Long Arms for Defense

As a defensive end, you shoot your hands into the chest or shoulder of the offensive tackle. Having longer arms mean you can keep them at arm’s length without them gaining leverage on you, which allows you to maintain control of the direction you want to move.

Great length can help mask any technical or physical deficiencies a blocker has, especially when combined with power. It also keeps a pass-rusher away from the breastplates of the blocker, the one area that defenders are looking to grab a hold of in order to gain leverage.

And though there are techniques that can help combat the disadvantage of having short arms, long-armed players never really have to worry about learning them. A player that exemplifies the art of gaining leverage with outstanding length is Tyron Smith, who has 36 3/8" long arms.

How Coaches Value Arm Length

Former San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke had a thing for football players with long arms and felt it was an important but rare trait. He was of the opinion that, ideally, players on the D-line should have an arm length of 34 inches or more. Baalke used Aldon Smith as a reference, commenting on how great of a leverage player he was because you couldn’t get to him and that his almost 36-inch arm length greatly contributed to this.

Carroll and the Seahawks

Also, it’s long been known that Pete Carroll likes cornerbacks who have at least 32” arms. Since arriving to run the Seahawks in 2010, Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have not drafted a cornerback with arms less than 32 inches in length. It’s not a thing that really existed up until 2011, when the Seattle Seahawks drafted the lengthy Richard Sherman in the fifth round (6’3, 32” arms) and turned him into a star, alongside a Pro Bowl season by Brandon Browner (6’3).

That requirement is how they built the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” secondary that led the defense to consecutive Super Bowls and the franchise’s only NFL title in the 2013 and ‘14 seasons. John Schneider has stressed that being able to reach for the ball upon contact is an important part of the position and hence the need to draft a defensive back with long arms.

Cornerback Isaiah Oliver has his arm length measured.

Cornerback Isaiah Oliver has his arm length measured.

How Is Arm Length Measured in the NFL?

Arm length is measured from the end of the bicep or shoulder blade to the tip of the middle finger with the arm extended. The average arm length for a male is around 30 inches. The arm length of most NFL players is in the range of 30 to 34 inches. There can be players at both the extreme ends of the spectrum—like Doug Brien, whose arms are only 27.88 inches in length, and Alex Barron, who has an unbelievable arm length of 37.75 inches.

Is Arm Length the Same as Arm Span?

It’s very common for people to confuse arm length with arm span and vice versa. Arm span is defined as the length between the tip of your middle finger on one outstretched arm to the other. Arm span takes shoulder measurements into account, unlike arm length.

An individual might therefore have a long arm span but might not necessarily have a long arm length because he might have wide shoulders. The same way an individual might have a short arm span but might have a long arm length because his shoulders might be narrow. The arm span of a person is usually equivalent to his or her height

Roman Oben was a starting offensive lineman on the Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII Championship team.

Roman Oben was a starting offensive lineman on the Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII Championship team.

58. Roman Oben (36.00 in)

Roman Oben spent 12 years as an offensive tackle in the NFL. Oben's arm length is really astonishing for a man his height. David Bakhtiari stands at the same height as Roman but his arms are two inches shorter.

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  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’4"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 10%
Frank Omiyale

Frank Omiyale

57. Frank Omiyale (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’4"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 10%
Al Woods

Al Woods

56. Al Woods (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’4"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 10%
James Brown

James Brown

55. James Brown (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’6"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 8%
Germain Ifedi

Germain Ifedi

54. Germain Ifedi (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’6"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 8%
Terrance Pennington

Terrance Pennington

53. Terrance Pennington (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’7"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 7%
Roderick Johnson

Roderick Johnson

52. Roderick Johnson (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’7"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 7%
Anthony Clement

Anthony Clement

51. Anthony Clement (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’8"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 6%
Trent Brown

Trent Brown

50. Trent Brown (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’8"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 6%
Stalin Colinet

Stalin Colinet

49. Stalin Colinet (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’6"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 8%
Jerry Wunsch

Jerry Wunsch

48. Jerry Wunsch (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’6"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 8%
Okung was considered one of the best offensive tackles available in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Okung was considered one of the best offensive tackles available in the 2010 NFL Draft.

47. Russell Okung (36.00 in)

Russell Okung played college football for Oklahoma State University and was twice recognized as an All-American. He is an offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL. His arm length is at the extreme for his height. Joe Staley is an inch taller than Okung but has an arm length of only 33.5 inches

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
Tony Ugoh

Tony Ugoh

46. Tony Ugoh (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
Joe Barksdale

Joe Barksdale

45. Joe Barksdale (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
Charles Omenihu

Charles Omenihu

44. Charles Omenihu (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
Larry Tharpe

Larry Tharpe

43. Larry Tharpe (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’4"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 10%
Rashad Butler

Rashad Butler

42. Rashad Butler (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’4"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 10%
Kenard Lang

Kenard Lang

41. Kenard Lang (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’3"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 11%
Paul Williams

Paul Williams

40. Paul Williams (36.00 in)

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’1"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 13%
On December 22, 2012, Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848 receiving yards, and finished the 2012 season with 1,964 yards, an average of almost 123 yards per game.

On December 22, 2012, Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848 receiving yards, and finished the 2012 season with 1,964 yards, an average of almost 123 yards per game.

39. Calvin Johnson (36.00 in)

Calvin Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. A lot of things have to fall into place for you to become one of the greatest and Calvin’s remarkable arm length is definitely part. Calvin is truly unique since it’s really rare for a person his height to have arms that long. Calvin Johnson has longer arms than Mike Evans who stands at the same height as Johnson.

  • Arm length: 36.00"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
Devin Taylor

Devin Taylor

38. Devin Taylor (36.08 in)

  • Arm length: 36.08"
  • Height: 6’8"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 6%
Lincoln Kennedy played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders of the NFL and 3 yrs for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.

Lincoln Kennedy played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders of the NFL and 3 yrs for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.

37. Lincoln Kennedy (36.13 in)

This former offensive tackle who played in the NFL for eleven seasons has an unbelievable arm length. The average arm length of a 6’6” player in the NFL is around 34 inches but Kennedy's arms extend to 36.13 inches. Jonathan Ogden stands two inches taller than Lincoln Kennedy but gives up two inches in arm length to Kennedy.

  • Arm length: 36.13"
  • Height: 6’6"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 6.2%
Victor Riley

Victor Riley

36. Victor Riley (36.13 in)

  • Arm length: 36.13"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 7.2%
Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

35. Andrew Thomas (36.13 in)

  • Arm length: 36.13"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 7.2%
Le'Raven Clark

Le'Raven Clark

34. Le'Raven Clark (36.13 in)

  • Arm length: 36.13"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 7.2%
Israel Ifeanyi

Israel Ifeanyi

33. Israel Ifeanyi (36.13 in)

  • Arm length: 36.13"
  • Height: 6’3"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9.2%
Bernard Williams

Bernard Williams

32. Bernard Williams (36.13 in)

  • Arm length: 36.13"
  • Height: 6’8"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 4.2%
Simeon Rice earned three Pro Bowl selections and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, beating the Oakland Raiders.

Simeon Rice earned three Pro Bowl selections and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, beating the Oakland Raiders.

31. Simeon Rice (36.25 in)

Simeon Rice is a former American football defensive end and is 20th all-time in sacks (122) in NFL history. Someone of his height would be expected to have an arm length of 33.50 inches, but Rice's reach hits 36.25 inches. Cameron Heyward stands at the same height as Simeon but can only boast of an arm length of 34.25 inches.

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 8%
Ben Coleman

Ben Coleman

30. Ben Coleman (36.25 in)

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 8%
Jerome Daniels

Jerome Daniels

29. Jerome Daniels (36.25 in)

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 8%
Brandon Keith

Brandon Keith

28. Brandon Keith (36.25 in)

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 8%
Eric Ogbogu

Eric Ogbogu

27. Eric Ogbogu (36.25 in)

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’4"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
Trevor Pryce was a member of the Broncos' back-to-back championship teams, winning Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII team.

Trevor Pryce was a member of the Broncos' back-to-back championship teams, winning Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII team.

26. Trevor Pryce (36.25 in)

Trevor Pryce played fourteen seasons in NFL as a defensive lineman. Pryce is one of few players in the NFL who can boast of having an arm length greater than 36 inches. His 36.25 inches arms are truly amazing for someone who stands at 6’6”. Julius Peppers is an inch taller than Trevor but is beaten by Trevor by slightly more than two inches in arm length.

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’6"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 7%
Jamie Nails

Jamie Nails

25. Jamie Nails (36.25 in)

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’6"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 7%
Pace was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Pace was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

24. Orlando Pace (36.25 in)

Orlando Pace was an offensive tackle in the NFL for thirteen seasons where he earned a Super Bowl ring with the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. Pace’s outrageous arm length of 36.25 inches was a contributing factor to his success on the field. Rob Havenstein stands taller than Pace but his arms are only 33 3/4" long.

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’7"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 5%
Robert Hicks

Robert Hicks

23. Robert Hicks (36.25 in)

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’7"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 5%
Gosder Cherilus

Gosder Cherilus

22. Gosder Cherilus (36.25 in)

  • Arm length: 36.25"
  • Height: 6’7"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 5%
Tyron Smith was ranked 42nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.

Tyron Smith was ranked 42nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.

21. Tyron Smith (36.38 in)

Tyron Smith is one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL and one of the few freaks who can boast of an arm length of more than 36 inches. Smith’s mammoth 36.38 inches arms is one of the traits that definitely set him apart from the rest and is very good at taking full advantage of it. His arm length is way above the average for his height of 6’5”. Terron Armstead's arms are two inches shorter than Smith’s despite standing at the same height.

  • Arm length: 36.38"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
 Jarriel King

Jarriel King

20. Jarriel King (36.38 in)

  • Arm length: 36.38"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
Jason Jones

Jason Jones

19. Jason Jones (36.38 in)

  • Arm length: 36.38"
  • Height: 6’5"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 9%
Malliciah Goodman

Malliciah Goodman

18. Malliciah Goodman (36.38 in)

  • Arm length: 36.38"
  • Height: 6’4"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 10%
Tra Thomas was a one-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection in his career.

Tra Thomas was a one-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection in his career.

17. Tra Thomas (36.50 in)

Tra Thomas played for the Eagles for eleven seasons as an offensive tackle. Standing at 6’7” and with an arm length of 36.50 inches, Tra was a great leverage player because you couldn’t get to him. Andrew Whitworth is just as tall as Thomas but his arms are almost two inches shorter.

  • Arm length: 36.50"
  • Height: 6’7"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 6%


Julién Davenport

Julién Davenport

16. Julién Davenport (36.50 in)

  • Arm length: 36.50"
  • Height: 6’7"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 6%
Dallas Baker

Dallas Baker

15. Dallas Baker (36.50 in)

  • Arm length: 36.50"
  • Height: 6’3"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 10%
Alvin McKinley

Alvin McKinley

14. Alvin McKinley (36.50 in)

  • Arm length: 36.50"
  • Height: 6’3"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 10%
 Phil Loadholt

Phil Loadholt

13. Phil Loadholt (36.50 in)

  • Arm length: 36.50"
  • Height: 6’8"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 5%
Matt Peart

Matt Peart

12. Matt Peart ( 36.63 in)

  • Arm length: 36.63"
  • Height: 6’7"
  • Percent longer than the average player his height: 7%