There is nothing more intoxicating than the chime that indicates the pick is in and the NFL Draft is underway.
Every tape grinder sits in a dark room all year, thumbing through all-22 film preparing for that sound. Each NFL Draft scout, fan, and analyst all find one player they would be willing to stand on a hill and die for. For me, that guy is Oklahoma Sooners Center – Creed Humphrey.
It’s been interesting to watch the narrative change about Humphrey. When guys like Orlando Brown, Cody Ford, and Bobby Evans came off the board in 2018 & 2019, Todd McShay ranted about how these talented offensive linemen were coming off the board and the best one from Oklahoma has yet to even declare. That guy McShay was referring to was Creed Humphrey.
I am here to tell you that Humphrey is STILL. THAT. GUY. In fact, he has received the highest grade up to this point (95.68) that I have distributed in my tenure covering the NFL Draft. That’s over guys like CeeDee Lamb (94.44) and Chase Young (93.83).
Why so high on Humphrey? Let’s get into it.
I have yet to see a Center prospect dominate with this type of fire and understanding of leverage. Humphrey has a wrestling background (which I have always been a sucker for) and uses that skill set to impose his will on defenders. Often you see him advancing to the second level and flattening linebackers and defensive backs. His eyes really allow him to pick up slack on the line and help guards who are overpowered. He received a 9.75/10 in this area on my grading scale.
Footwork & Angles
His game is refined. Yes, the center position is less desirable but I would be just as happy putting Humphrey at Guard. He has the ability to flip his hips and establish contact from all different angles. He always keeps his feet under him and maintains a strong base throughout the engagement. Humphrey is also much more fleet of feet than he looks which shows his overall athleticism. He received a 9.75/10 in this department as well.
Hand Placement & Anchor Strength
The hands consistently land right in that inner shoulder/outer chest area. Not only is he accurate with his hands but he FIRES them through the defender. The thing that really stands out is his ability to adjust when things don’t go his way, if his arms get deflected he brings them right back up and continues the play without hesitation. Again, the wrestling background shows in the strength department. He is a stubborn opponent. Humphrey received a 9.75/10 for Hand Placement and a 9.5/10 for Anchor Strength in my model.
Oh, and by the way, he received a perfect Relative Athletic Score of 10/10 after his athletic testing. (RAS, from Kent Lee Platte, can be found here.)
Humphrey is a player that might not be sexy to the casual NFL fan but he truly is a rare breed of a football player. He will not be drafted highly because of the positional disparity that we see in the draft but it would be a mistake to pass on Humphrey if you need interior offensive line help – specifically at the Center position. For me, this is a Blue Chip player who has a very high floor and a Canton Ohio-esque ceiling.