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Creed Humphrey NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Kansas City Chiefs OL

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Oklahoma offensive lineman Creed Humphrey (56) during an NCAA college football game against Baylor Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

HEIGHT: 6'4 1/4"

WEIGHT: 302

             

POSITIVES

—Experienced, battle-tested center with plenty of big-game experience.

—Excellent play strength, competitive toughness and mental processing.

—Plays with a firm base and center of gravity to stay balanced through contact.

—Extremely physical and aggressive with a nasty demeanor against all levels of competition.

—Sturdy anchor; roots his feet into the ground with the posterior strength to set a firm pocket.

—Made every call and orchestrated the offense pre-snap, showing terrific football intelligence to process simple and complex blitzes, late loopers and twists.

—Quick, accurate and strong independent striker in pass protection.

—Wrestling background shows up consistently with how well he can seize control of a defender's frame, tactfully knock them off-balance and generate rotational force (torque) to put them on the ground.

—Has a keen understanding of how to line up his target on back blocks as far as the 3-technique and can routinely hook defenders as far over as a 2-technique.

—Takes good angles to the second level and as a puller to locate and intersect smaller targets.

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NEGATIVES

—Older prospect who will be 24 years old Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.

—Will periodically dip his head on contact, allowing aware defenders to work around him and win quickly in the rep.

—Massive defensive linemen with premier length will be a challenge for him to create leverage on when isolated.

              

2020 STATISTICS

—Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year and Academic All-Big 12 second team.

—Eleven starts.

              

NOTES

—Thirty-seven career starts at center, 36 of them consecutively.

—2019 Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year.

—2018 and 2019 Academic All-Big 12 selection.

—Started 12 games on the offensive line that won the 2018 Joe Moore Award.

—Training with Duke Manyweather to prepare for the draft.

—Grew up in a wrestling family (grandfather, father, older brother). Wrestled from the age of four until the eighth grade before taking a break until going 19-1 during his lone year of high school wrestling (junior year), finishing as the state runner-up in Oklahoma.

OVERALL

Humphrey stepped into the lineup as a redshirt freshman in 2018 and made all of the calls for the best O-line in the country and finished his career with 36 consecutive starts as the pre-snap orchestrator of some of the most prolific offenses in the country.

Humphrey has an expert-level understanding of how to manipulate leverage to his advantage with excellent functional strength to displace and control defenders in the run game. He also has the initial quickness and hand placement to routinely reach and seal the shade with the range to hook a 2-technique, plus takes proper angles to line up his targets on the move.

Humphrey's mental processing and football intelligence are consistently on display with how well he identifies and picks up the most dangerous threat, and he looks to send a message as a finisher. His below average length can limit him against certain opponents, but he has a high floor with the skill set to be a very good starter for a long time.

              

GRADE: 8.1/10 (Late Round 1)

OVERALL RANK: 27/300

POSITION RANK: IOL3

PRO COMPARISON: Max Unger

              

Written by B/R NFL Scout Brandon Thorn