Breakdown: Cardinals Select D.J. Humphries

Everything you need to know about the Arizona Cardinals’ first-round selection of offensive tackle D.J. Humphries out of Florida from Scout's college and pro football experts.


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D.J. Humphries
Florida / 6'5 / 307 lbs
  • OT
  • [1] #24

Analysis

The Gators scored a huge recruiting win in 2012 when they landed this five-star recruit. Humphries had trouble adding weight [until of late] and struggled early [MCL]. He started 20 of 30 games at left tackle and graded out at 88.1% and had 67 knockdown blocks. In 2014 Humphries only gave up two sacks (both to Shane Ray from Missouri) in 2014. He shocked many by weighing in at 307-pounds at the Combine. There is still a ton of upside with Humphries. He has all the tools but needs to continue to develop and mature physically.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

The Cardinals just picked an offensive tackle that can play on both the right and left side in former Gator D.J. Humphries. He’s big and very long. More importantly, Humphries has incredible feet. He had trouble adding weight [until of late] and struggled early [MCL]. He started 20 of 30 games at left tackle and graded out at 88.1% and had 67 knockdown blocks. In 2014 Humphries only gave up two sacks (both to Shane Ray from Missouri) in 2014. He shocked many by weighing in at 307-pounds at the Combine. There is still a ton of upside with Humphries. He has all the tools but needs to continue to develop and mature physically.

D.J. Humphries version of “will I stay, or will I go” finally had an answer when the left tackle finally admitted in early January that he would be the fourth underclassman to bolt from the Florida program to enter the 2015 draft. The four-star prospect had his third-straight season dealing with injuries, as he suffered a chipped bone in his ankle during the 2014 season opener vs. Eastern Michigan that sidelined him for the next two games. He returned to record thirteen touchdown-resulting blocks and 67 knockdowns.

Humphries was also one of a slew of Gators to finish the 2013 campaign on the sidelines, as the left tackle played in just the first seven games before suffering a right knee medial collateral ligament injury prior to the Georgia clash. The only blocker to grade at least 80% for consistency in every game he played in for Florida in 2013, the junior posted seven touchdown-resulting blocks and 52 knockdowns before being sidelined.

Humphries knew that he needs to develop more bulk on his frame. He had enrolled at UF in January 2012 to participate in spring practice, but missed a good portion of the off-season dealing with knee MCL issues. As a true freshman, he weighed 260 pounds, but appeared in all 12 games, starting three (South Carolina, Missouri, and Louisiana–Lafayette). He graded out at 80 percent or better six times, including 100 percent vs. Texas A&M and Tennessee en route to earning Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team and Sporting News Freshman All-American accolades.

Humphries has above average foot quickness and body control, as he can change direction and redirect working in-line, but lacks explosion when having to get to the second level. He knows how to come off the snap quickly and when he gets his hands up, he will generally lock on and sustain. He has the leg drive to pop on contact, but needs more strength in order to gain movement vs. the larger defenders.

The Gator junior is a well-proportioned left tackle with strong arms and hands. He has above average lower-body strength, as well, and flashes a mean streak. He has functional initial quickness when moving forward, playing with adequate leverage while staying balanced. However, he is not an elite athlete for the position - the more space he's in the less effective his play becomes.

He has had great experience at college football's highest level (20 starts in 30 games at left tackle), but he's still a work in progress. He generally knows his assignments, but will be late picking up the blitz at times, as he occasionally seems to be thinking rather than reacting.

Humphries uses his long arms and strong hands to force rushers wide. He plays with a wide base and is very effective anchoring vs. the bull rush. He will occasionally mix in a very effective cut-block. However, he lacks ideal quickness in his deep set and will have trouble vs. elite speed rushers in the NFL. As a drive blocker, he is thickly built with a wide base, taking solid angles, as he has the ability to win the battle once locked on.

The Gator works to sustain, driving his legs to get a good surge, and his range as a second-level blocker has greatly improved, especially during the second half of the 2014 schedule, as he six second-level blocks that led to touchdowns in his final five games.

While he still lacks ideal bulk, Humphries has the frame to mature to the size that teams covet. He’s already added over twenty pounds since the end of the 2014 season and from weigh-in observations, his frame is strong and toned. Like most of the recent left tackles, he has the foot speed and balance to mature into a highly effective pass protector.

Humphries has good height and excellent athleticism and is just starting to develop above average usage of his long arms to lock onto the defender to nullify the pass rush. You can see that he has the initial burst to get into his pass-set quickly and has very good lateral movement. As the 2014 season progressed, his awareness skills developed and he was no longer fooled by dancing on the line.

Humphries has the foot work to pull inside, getting to either shoulder as a drive blocker to nullify linebackers outside on screen passes. He sustains and mirrors as long as possible and will play through the whistle. He has also shown impressive improvement as a run blocker, as he began to play with more aggression and physicality at the second level. In conclusion, the Gator is an intriguing talent who should only get better, with patient coaching.

D.J. Humphries NFL Scouting Combine measurable


6-5/307 (5.12 forty)
33 5/8-inch arm length
10-inch hands
26 reps
31-inch vertical jump
104-inch broad jump
7.87 3 cone drill
4.64 20 yard shuttle

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.

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