Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, after he was selected No. 63 overall in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
Humphrey was a third-team AP All-American who was also named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. The first-team All-Big 12 pick by both the league’s head coaches and media started all 11 games at center. Pro Football Focus rated Humphrey as the No. 67 overall player (No. 4 center). He did not allow a sack on 401 pass plays according to PFF.
Humphrey has been one of the best offensive linemen in the Big 12 the past three seasons, and he was a second-team All-American by AP, FWAA, Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation in 2019. He was also a Rimington Award finalist, given to the best center in college football.
NFLDraftBible.com, part of the Sports Illustrated network of sites, touted his competitive wrestling background and his upper-body strength in its scouting report.
He possesses a nice thick base and lower half with a wide body shoulder to shoulder, but his overall build is athletic, not sloppy at all for a 316-pounder. A stout anchor in pass protection and mauler in the run game, Humphrey is country strong, showing up as a freshman squatting 600-plus pounds. In 2018, he manned the center position for the Sooners offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award and featured four starters that were drafted in the NFL. Humphrey was arguably the best player of the bunch. One reason is due to his high football IQ and ability to rise to the level of competition, performing best in big games. He showed off a rare level of maturity, making all the calls and adjustments pre-snap and displaying terrific awareness on second-level blocks. Being thrust into action early on, there has certainly been a learning curve with issues on reach blocks and identifying who is stunting, pulling or looping. However, he has continued to make great strides, proving to be an exceptional pass blocker with excellent balance and outstanding leverage. The sky’s the limit for Humphrey, who has started 39 games during his three seasons and head coach Lincoln Riley said he is a dominant center that doesn’t come around very often.
Humphrey was the first Sooner taken in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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