There has been a lot of curiosity in Vikingsland about Babatunde Aiyegbusi, the offensive tackle the team signed last week. The Polish product, who I wrote about in today's newspaper, is 6-foot-9.
His height is certainly noteworthy, but height-wise, "Babs" is far from an anomaly in today's NFL.
Because I have too much time on my hands at the moment and too few hobbies, I decided to scan through every NFL roster to see how many players are listed at 6-foot-8 or taller.
I counted 29 of them, including Aiyegbusi. The majority of these tall men are offensive tackles or defensive ends, though there are a few exceptions, including a guard (Dennis Kelly of the Eagles), a tight end (Levine Toilolo of the Falcons) and a quarterback (Brock Osweiler of the Broncos).
While no active player is 6-foot-10 or taller, eight others are as listed as being tall as Aiyegbusi.
Interestingly, only one of the 29 players who are 6-foot-8 or higher has been selected to a Pro Bowl. That would be Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (6-foot-8). However, despite their lack of Pro Bowl invites, Cardinals offensive tackle Jared Veldheer (6-foot-8) and Patriots offensive tackles Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer (both 6-foot-8) are pretty good players in their own right.
Still, height isn't everything, or the late Manute Bol would have been quite the NFL superstar.
Anyway, while Aiyegbusi is the tallest player on their 90-man roster, the Vikings do have three other offensive tackles who are 6-foot-7 or taller in left tackle Matt Kalil (6-foot-7), right tackle Phil Loadholt (6-foot-8) and backup Carter Bykowski (6-foot-7). Throw in Antonio "Tiny" Richardson (6-foot-6) and Mike Harris (6-foot-5) and every Vikings offensive tackle is at least 6-foot-5.
In other words, Aiyegbusi isn't the only Vikings offensive tackle who has to duck into doorways.