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D.J. Humphries | Tackle

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 280

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva "did not like [Arizona's] 2015 draft" and gave it a "D."
"Perhaps the biggest head scratcher was a day-three trade that cost Arizona pick Nos. 123, 198, and 241 in exchange for No. 116, where [GM Steve] Keim selected small-school project [Delaware State DE Rodney] Gunter," Silva wrote. ESPN's Mel Kiper was a bit more optimistic about the class, but not by much, giving Keim a "C+." "D.J. Humphries was a bit of a reach on my board, but I can understand the pick as they look for competition at right tackle," Kiper wrote. May 4 - 4:46 PM
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Cardinals selected Florida OT D.J. Humphries with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Humphries (6'5/307) only made 19 starts in three seasons at Florida, missing eight due to various injuries. He performed well at the Combine, running 5.12 with a 31-inch vertical. Humphries has adequate arm length (33 5/8") for the blind side and has drawn Tyron Smith comparisons for his movement ability. He is considered to have "special" feet and is arguably the most functionally athletic tackle prospect in the 2015 class. The two questions on Humphries are his durability and learning capability after he scored a 12 on the Wonderlic. He figures to have the upper hand to start over incumbent RT Bobby Massie in Arizona.
Apr 30 - 10:44 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden said he is "surprised [Florida T D.J. Humphries] is coming out" because he does "not see a lot of production."

"Humphries has all the measurable, and there is a buzz around him heading toward this draft, but he does not have a lot of playing experience," Gruden said. "The Gators really struggled on offense. Shane Ray beat him up. But a lot of people are intrigued. I'm hearing first round on him. As a run-blocker, as a one-on-one pass protector and as a reliable backside left tackle, there is work to be done. I like Jake Fisher of Oregon better." In addition, Humphries (6-foot-5, 307 pounds) has durability concerns and will play in the NFL at a weight he's never played at before.
Apr 30 - 4:17 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang points out that Florida T D.J. Humphries' evaluation is complicated because he'll have to play at least 20 pounds heavier in the NFL than he did at Florida (285 pounds).

"He carried the weight well in workouts and has the frame to add even more mass without a significant loss of quickness," Rang added. In fact, Humphries arrived on campus at 255 and is now over 300, an indication that he's willing to work. Humphries (6-foot-5, 307 pounds) does come with health concerns, but he's supremely athletic. "The impressive combination of quickness and balance he showed in pass protection during the games in which he did play could make him the top pure left tackle prospect on some boards," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 27 - 10:53 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries is "probably the best athlete of the O-line group," one NFL scout said.

"He's got every tool you look for in a left tackle," he added. "He just has to grow into his body. He came in at 255 and he's 300 now. Great kid. Leader of that O-line the last two years. He does play physical. It's just some of the bigger, more stout guys are harder for him to move." Humphries started 19 games at LT in college. "Smart, good family, great kid," said another scout. "Needs more bulk but he has the frame to be a 320 guy without any problems." Humphries' Wonderlic score of 12 was tied for lowest amongst leading tackle prospects. We usually don't pay much mind to that number, but some see the implications of it manifest on Humphries' tape. "He's late off the ball all the time," said a third scout. "You worry about him a little bit mentally."
Apr 25 - 4:05 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries "lacks the power you'd like to see in an NFL offensive tackle, but he may have the quickest feet and best overall agility in this class along with Cedric Ogbuehi," observes ESPN's Todd McShay.

Humphries has been compared to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. "That makes him a better fit for a zone-blocking scheme, which can utilize his athleticism and hide his lack of strength," McShay wrote. "His sub-34-inch arms (33 5/8) are a concern at the left tackle spot." Scouts Inc. ranks Humphries as the No. 25 overall prospect. "What made me really take notice was the way he handled Shane Ray when they played. If you can block that guy, you can play in the league," an NFC scout in charge of the SEC told NFL Media.
Apr 20 - 11:22 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries is visiting the Lions on Thursday.

""I think me being such an athlete and how hard I play and how much I love football, putting all that recipe together works out for me," Humphries told the team's site. The left tackle started 10 games last year and has added weight during the draft process, which many teams will like. He should be a first round selection.
Apr 16 - 12:26 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries made his debut on Todd McShay's Big Board at No. 26 overall.

"He is an excellent pass protector, with the best movement skills of any of the top offensive tackle prospects in this class," McShay wrote. "He possesses the foot speed, balance and upper-body power to excel in a zone-heavy run-blocking scheme, but he could afford to improve his lower-body strength. He has adequate awareness as a run-blocker but is better in pass protection." Humphries has been compared to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. "What made me really take notice was the way he handled Shane Ray when they played. If you can block that guy, you can play in the league," an NFC scout in charge of the SEC told NFL Media.
Apr 13 - 5:10 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries met with the Dolphins Monday and has "several more meetings on the schedule," reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Because we've criticized a gaggle of prospects in the past for eschewing sound advice to return to school, we feel compelled to refer you to Humphries as a point of comparison. The prospect was told to return to school by the advisory committee earlier this winter and didn't listen. Because of that conviction -- which would have been called hubris had the situation turned out different -- Humphries is set to become one of America's newest millionaires in a few weeks. "Humphries has helped himself considerably since the end of the season by adding weight and performing well during workouts," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 7 - 5:29 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries' "instincts are remarkable in one of the game's most difficult tasks -- pass blocking," wrote CBS Sports' Frank Cooney.

"When he is healthy, Humphries displays excellent athletic ability, quickness, balance and strength. He has quick anticipation, sets hard and fast or explodes out to pick up a fast edge rusher," Cooney wrote. "His biggest problems are staying healthy and keeping weight on. If he beats those problems there is no telling how good he will be." At least on the subject of his strengths, the prospect is on the same page as the analyst. "I think my fluid athletic ability sets me apart from other guys. There's a lot of guys that are very athletic just like I am but I think I'm very fluid in how athletic I am," Humphries said. "I think my pass-protecting skill is kind of my main thing that's going to make me stick out. How quick I can get to the second level and get on linebackers and get to safeties."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 1 - 10:48 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein projects Florida T D.J. Humphries as a "solid NFL starter" at left tackle if he's coached into improving hand technique.

"Humphries relies on his superior athleticism and fist-fight mentality rather than an improved skill set and steady technique. He might always have an issue with being a leaner, but his hand placement should improve with more work and coaching," Zierlein wrote. "When he improves in that area, he could become a solid NFL starter on the left side." Humphries checks in as the No. 4 offensive lineman in the class, according to Zierlein's rankings. The analyst compares him to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. "What made me really take notice was the way he handled Shane Ray when they played. If you can block that guy, you can play in the league," an NFC scout in charge of the SEC told Zierlein.
Mar 21 - 11:32 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries is now the No. 23 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

He was previously unranked. "The first thing that jumps out about Humphries as a prospect are the feet," Kiper wrote. "He has really quick feet for a player this size and it gives him the ability to simply become a moving brick wall if you want to try to beat him with speed. He also has little bit of nastiness to his game and really likes to take on the challenge of a tough matchup." Humphries had a really good combine, with a superb forty (5.12), short shuttle (4.64), bench press (26 reps) and broad jump (8-8). Humphries (6-foot-5, 307 pounds) does come with health concerns. "If he can get better I'd start in the run game where he's not the classic mauler that some of the other guys in this draft (Scherff, Collins) can be in the run game," Kiper wrote. "But starting with a good base in pass protection makes him a solid prospect."
Mar 15 - 8:37 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries will have dinner with Panthers OL coach John Matsko on Tuesday.

Humphries is from the Charlotte area and the Panthers have a need at offensive tackle, so the link makes sense. Gil Brandt previously mentioned Humphries having a visit scheduled with Carolina. Some might raise an eyebrow at these words, but D.J. has already produced a solid pre-draft performance after gaining 20 pounds since the season, checking in at 307 lbs. Who knows if it change how much functional strength he plays with, but teams will like the weight gain no matter what.
Mar 10 - 10:53 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Florida T D.J. Humphries' "lower body athleticism" and "feet are awesome," but thinks he "still needs a lot of work."

The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Humphries is athletic and quick off the snap, and shows a ton of upside at the position. In order for him to reach his potential, he'll probably need to improve his hand placement at the next level to be successful. The Florida Gator is currently drawing interest from the Bucs, Browns, Chargers, Bengals and the Panthers.
Mar 9 - 2:27 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries has six visits lined up, according to NFL Media's Gil Brandt.

We aren't sure if these are on campus or in-house visits. Those teams: the Bucs, Browns, Chargers, Bengals and Panthers twice. Humphries is from the Charlotte area, and the team has an obvious left tackle need, so the connection makes sense. Humphries is reportedly up to 307 lbs after weighing 285 during the season.
Mar 7 - 12:27 PM