So they say the average height for a WR in D1 college football is 6’0 and then for a slot receiver it is around 5’10. Now I’m not here to tell you that if you’re not that tall you won’t make it. It is 1000% possible to make it without those attributes- the point of this article is to tell you what you need to work on if you don’t quite meet the “requirements” of a college player physically. I hope this can help
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Now if you are on the shorter side of things as a WR there are 3 things that you can do to make yourself stand out amongst taller WRs. The first thing is route running. You have to be able to separate- if you can create separation, get off of press and win 1on1 opportunities… colleges will find a spot for you.
Second thing to stand out is speed. To play college football- you may not need height but you 100% need speed. So working on your speed in the off season will help you tremendously if you are undersized. Running hills, running with resistance bands, training form etc. will all help!
And then the last thing you need to do to stand out would be learning how to read coverages. You can make yourself insanely reliable to your coaches and a QB if you know where to sit in different zone coverages and where to run your routes. It makes life a lot easier. Look at Julian Edelman- he is a short guy- maybe 5’8-5’10 and was able to dominate partly because he was a former QB who understood coverages. If you guys can master these 3 things- your height will not matter. You should simply strive to be the best WR on the field at all times.
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