With their second pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Chiefs continue to upgrade the offensive line.
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6’5” | 312 lbs | Oklahoma
Grade (round): Third
Background: Three-year starter at Oklahoma. Four-star recruit. First-team All-Big 12 in 2019 and 2020. Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2019 and 2020. Second-team All-Big 12 in 2018. Former wrestler. Father was a three-time All-America wrestler.
Strengths: Humphrey has fantastic movement skills for an offensive lineman. He gets out in front of the play effortlessly and has a high motor to keep finding work in space. Humphrey’s wrestling background shows up on the field, as he has good core strength and bend to hold the point of attack. He is a smart player who called protections for Oklahoma for three years. Humphrey is light on his feet, and he shows the ability to mirror the rushers well to keep the defender inside his frame. He is agile and shows a natural ability to stay on his feet when working through defensive linemen and linebackers to keep finding work. Humphrey shifted to guard for some reps at the Senior Bowl and looked a lot more in control of the line of scrimmage than he did in his center reps.
Weaknesses: Humphrey can struggle with angles when pulling or climbing, and he will completely overrun the linebacker or safety in space. He lacks a powerful base, and he doesn’t really drive players off the ball in the running game. Humphrey has some baffling pass protection reps for being the player that calls the fronts, and he will completely miss a blitzer or looping rusher. He doesn’t have the finisher’s mentality that other players in this class do, as too many of his reps he’s just holding on for dear life. Humphrey was blown off the ball in almost every rep he had at center in Mobile and looked poor against a variety of competition levels. He struggles to latch on to the defender and turn him, and players will bounce off of him in the run game to make the tackle a gap away. Humphrey transitions late off his primary block to pick up the looping rusher too often and will end up with a holding penalty.
How he fits with the Chiefs: While Humphrey isn’t a mauler, his movement skill and football IQ should see his name called on day two of the draft. If the Chiefs were looking to pair another good moving offensive lineman with Joe Thuney on the interior, Humphrey could make a lot of sense for the Chiefs. He’ll need to develop his anchor to allow Mahomes to step up into the pocket, but Humphrey has the physical tools and mental processing to be a quality starter in the league.
Chiefs Draft Picks
- Second round (58th): Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton
- Second round (63rd): Oklahoma offensive lineman Creed Humphrey
- Fourth round (144th)
- Fifth round (175th)
- Fifth round (181st)
- Sixth round (207th)