Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft OT’s: D.J. Humphries, Florida

The following player evaluation was published on the D.J. Humphries player page on DraftBreakdown.com by yours truly.  During the course of the 2015 NFL Draft season, I’ll be posting my evaluations on the player pages at DB, so be sure to check there regularly.  For those of you who have inquired as to whether I’ll be publishing a 2015 NFL Draft guide, the answer is “maybe.”  

Over the last 2.5 months, most of my time has been focused on my recently acquired ownership interest in DraftBreakdown.com.  However, now that things have calmed down a bit, I’ve started organizing my evaluations, player rankings and overall Big Board in the same way that I did for the 2014 FRG NFL Draft Guide. Depending on how many evaluations I can complete (with time built in for editing), a 2015 FRG NFL Draft Guide could potentially be ready for download roughly one week before the NFL Draft.  

Until then, here are my thoughts on 2015 NFL Draft hopeful, D.J. Humphries:

Overview:

D.J. Humphries, the talented junior offensive tackle for the Florida Gators, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after 19 career starts in the SEC.  Humphries battled injury issues throughout his time as a Gator, including bone chips in his foot last season and knee sprains in 2013 (played in only seven games that year).  Humphries was a 5-star recruit out of high school and was considered a top-10 overall high school player.  Physically, Humphries checks-in at a well-built 6’5”, 307 lbs with 33 5/8” arms.  He has room to get bigger, as his frame is lean and athletic.  Athletically, Humphries is a coordinated and light-footed big man who can slide and shuffle cleanly and consistently.  He mirrors oncoming rushers well while possessing enough quickness to cut off speed at the edge.  Humphries plays with heavy hands, uncoiling into the defender and causing a real jolt on contact.  He has a lot of power behind his pads and generally fires out of his stance with good pad level; He can generate movement in the running game.  He’s plenty athletic enough to get to the second level and finish, but he’s a developing prospect who needs to work on how to break down in space and consistently complete his assignment.  At times, Humphries tries to play with too much power, losing sight of his target in both the passing and running games; He whiffs far too often.  I don’t think it’s an issue with flexibility or waist bending as much as it is a ‘want’ to unload on the defender; He’ll need to learn more patience and better over technique with next level coaching.

BOTTOM LINE:  There’s no denying D.J. Humphries’ talent and overall upside as a potentially dominant starting offensive tackle in the NFL.  He plays with raw power and heavy hands that is complemented by better than average overall athleticism for a 300(+) pounder.  His arms checked-in a tad shorter than ideal, and his overall frame is smaller than the average offensive tackle prospect.  It wouldn’t shock me if he bulks up a bit and becomes a real talent at guard.  That said, his athletic traits suggest he’ll play on the outside.  Humphries has the potential to start early in his career, but will require some patience as he continues to hone his craft.

GRADE:  7.8 (2nd Round)

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