Humphries goes to Arizona at No. 24

The Gators had two former players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.

The Arizona Cardinals selected former Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries with the No. 24 overall pick of the NFL Draft. He joins Dante Fowler, who the Jacksonville Jaguars selected at No. 3, as Florida players selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Over his three-year career, Humphries played in 29 games and earned 19 starts. He started 10 games at left tackle during his junior year, missing two games with an ankle injury. As a sophomore, Humphries started the first six games at left tackle before a knee injury ended his season. He played in all 12 games as a freshman, including three starts, while being named to the First Team Offense SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team.

A former five-star recruit, Humphries was the No. 11 overall player in the country out of Mallard Creek High School. NFL scouts have fallen in love with the same thing that college coaches did when he was in high school. Humphries has impressive athleticism that coaches believe can turn into an elite left tackle at the NFL level.

The biggest question from his time at Florida was his weight. Humphries struggled to get over 300 pounds, and when he was able to do that before the season, he struggled to carry it throughout the season. Humphries worked hard to get his weight up before the NFL combine and weighed in at 307 pounds. The goal was to show NFL teams that the weight could stay on him, and he weighed in at the same 307 pounds at his pro day over one month later.

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