They say that everything is bigger in Texas, so the Cowboys naturally decided to sign Dan Skipper, the tallest player now in the league, per NBC’s Pro Football Talk and Michael David Smith. The offensive tackle out of Arkansas stands 6-foot-10. He is an undrafted free agent.
Smith notes that there were four NFL players who stood 6-foot-9 in 2016, and, like Skipper, they were all offensive tackles. They were Trenton Brown of the San Fransisco 49ers, Demar Dotson of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Cornelius Lucas of the Detroit Lions, and Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s worth noting that Skipper is only the tallest current player, not the tallest in history. That honor goes to defensive tackle Richard Sligh. In 1967, he spent just one year with the Oakland Raiders, and he was a full seven feet tall. Skipper ties ex-Chiefs TE Morris Stroud at 6-foot-10.
Though he was undrafted, Skipper was quite good in college, winning All-SEC honors twice. The problem is that he has a blood condition; without that, he may have been selected in the draft or at least signed with the first wave of undrafted players. Teams wanted more tests to be done, and the Cowboys spent some time carrying them out. Eventually, the medical staff gave them clearance, so the Cowboys inked his deal.
It’s a tough landing spot for him in many ways. Though he’ll have a chance to learn from what is often touted as the best offensive line in the NFL, that also means that the Cowboys don’t really have a pressing need, so he’s a long shot to actually make the 53-man roster.