An in depth look at one of the more intelligent iOL prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft
Creed Humphrey was a reliable starter at center and a key cog on the offensive for the University of Oklahoma. Red-shirted as a Freshman, Humphrey played a starting role in all 3 years of his career in Oklahoma where he accumulated many awards, including second team AP All-American in his redshirt sophomore year, third-team AP All-American his redshirt Junior year, and Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the year.
An intelligent, technical player who was also a two year team captain for the Sooners, Humphrey would be a good addition for any team that looks for a solid all-around skillset, a proven track record of quality play and toughness.
Here’s my evaluation of Creed Humphrey and why the Falcons could possibly have him on their radar to help the interior of their offensive line.
Creed Humphrey scouting report
Player Height/Weight: 6’4” – 312 lbs
Games Watched: vs. Missouri State(2020), vs. Texas(2020), Vs. Florida(2020)
- Solid size with wide frame and broad shoulders.
- Good core strength and plays with good leverage.
- Extremely tough player with a nasty demeanor.
- Strong experience inside with possible positional versatility.
- Good football IQ with good leadership qualities.
- Outstanding awareness.
- Strong hands with the ability to maintain blocks.
- Finishes blocks with authority and plays to the whistle.
- Plays with sufficient balance.
- Has a quality anchor against bull rushers.
- Shows good recovery and ability to reset his hands when initially beaten.
- Looks for work consistently along the line with good hustle.
- Exhibits good ability when pulling and sealing.
- Shows footwork issues when working in space or getting to the second level.
- Will have issues with longer defenders inside due to arm length.
- Too often allows defenders into his frame.
- Shows average athleticism on film.
- Can get a bit grabby when blocking in space.
Again, or maybe always, the theme here is seeking improvement in the trenches for the Falcons. Creed Humphrey exhibits some qualities that Coach Arthur Smith has mentioned that he wants in his players, namely that he’s a very smart player with good leadership qualities.
I view Humphrey as a better fit in a gap/man based blocking scheme due to the footwork and lateral quickness issues he showed on film (although Oklahoma’s scheme didn’t put him in space often, which may be a concern), but his good pro day shows that he does have sufficient athleticism to be solid in a zone based scheme. Also, with his intelligence and core strength, he also has the ability to be versatile within the Falcons front and, with proper coaching and development, could be a solid option at Guard.
If Terry Fontenot and Coach Smith like Humphrey as an option at center or guard, expect them to take a hard look at him on Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft.