Our Scouting Report Series continues where we break down the top prospects for the 2021 NFL draft. Today, we are talking about a top interior offensive line prospect. Before you go on, be sure to check out any of our previous scouting reports you might have missed!
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Measurables and Numbers
Weight: 312 pounds
A look at Creed Humphrey’s College Performance
Humphrey was a 4-star recruit from Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was ranked 249th nationally, 5th in the state of Oklahoma, and the 3rd overall Center recruit. He received scholarship offers from 19 different universities and ultimately signed with Oklahoma.
Humphrey redshirted during the 2017 season and became the starter in 2018. Following the 2018 campaign, the other 4 starting linemen all graduated or declared for the NFL Draft, leaving Humphry as the lone returning starter. He was named a captain for the team and was named one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center. In 2020, Humphry was a first-team All Big-12 selection and third-team All-American. Over the final 2 years of his college career, Humphry did not allow a single sack.
Current Draft Projection
PFF – 69th overall/iOL3
The Draft Network – 58 overall/iOL3
Humphrey started as a redshirt freshman on one of the best offensive lines in the country and was the lone returning starter for his Sophomore season. The Sooners didn’t miss a beat, as Humphrey stepped up into a leadership role immediately. He was the QB of the offensive line and a vocal leader who frequently pointed out blitzers and changed blocking schemes at the line of scrimmage. He started 37 games for Oklahoma and is very adept at sniffing out defensive pressure packages. He was Academic All-Big-12 3 years in a row.
Creed Humphrey, man. pic.twitter.com/MC4SiloSOC— Chris Kouffman (@ckparrot) December 28, 2019
Anchor in Pass Protection
Humphrey is very strong and has a powerful anchor against interior pass rushers. On his first day on campus, Humphrey benched 400 pounds and squatted 600 pounds, making him one of the strongest players in the Sooner locker room. His strength translates onto the field and he often bullies opposing nose tackles.
Creed Humphrey is a bad dude. Locates the fifth rusher and just stonewalls him. Mirror, anchor, hand placement, mean streak… all display here. pic.twitter.com/XIlg5oG1zo— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) October 12, 2019
Humphrey has some of the best hands in the class and is able to lock rushers down once he lands his first punch. He passes off rushers with ease and has a great understanding of how to use a stunter’s momentum against them.
Creed Humphrey blocked two men — at the same time — with one friggin arm. pic.twitter.com/Nxio13CymY— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) September 14, 2020
Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey (6-5, 307, R-Jr.) is one of the better prospects that I've watched this summer. This play displays exactly who he is. pic.twitter.com/NWaHWgT9Ur— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) July 19, 2020
Humphrey is tremendous at executing difficult reach blocks in the run game. His ability to cross a defender’s face and seal him off was a huge staple of the Sooner rushing attack.
Creed Humphrey is powerful, but his quickness off the ball is what puts him in position to use that power…— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 28, 2021
Nice reach here on the playside 1-Tech pic.twitter.com/HgD5lS6iAm
Athleticism in Space
Humphrey isn’t the smoothest athlete and it often shows up on tape in space. He was used often as a puller in Oklahoma’s power running game but struggled to hit landmarks on time. When climbing to the 2nd level his limitations in space are evident, although there are some dominant 2nd and 3rd level blocks on tape.
Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey working 3rd level. pic.twitter.com/M2dIH3jnUf— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 14, 2018
Humphrey’s arms are very short for the position and as a result, he is often forced to absorb the initial blow from an incoming rusher rather than dealing the blow himself. He doesn’t have the ability to overcome mistakes at the point of attack due to his limited length but rarely made those initial mistakes at the collegiate level.
Humphrey is the rare left-handed center prospect. There may be an acclimation period for quarterbacks to grow accustomed to the ball spinning in the opposite direction at the exchange point.
Humphrey plays overly upright at times and doesn’t have the best balance. In close quarters this is almost never a problem, but in space, he can struggle.
Humphrey is a true technician at the center position. He has great functional strength and a very high football IQ. He is limited athletically and will work best in a scheme that doesn’t ask him to work laterally in space often but rather lets him push vertically up the field. He demonstrates many of the characteristics teams look for in offensive guards, although he doesn’t have any experience at the position.
Fit With The Philadelphia Eagles
Jason Kelce has openly contemplated retirement since 2017 and it is hard to envision him returning to Philadelphia next season. Should he move on, the Eagles would have a big hole at center. Initially, Isaac Seumalo was drafted to move to center once Kelce was gone, but struggled in training camp with snapping the ball. Drafting a center could allow Seumalo to stay at left guard and keep more continuity on the offensive line.
Humphrey wouldn’t be as athletic as Jason Kelce, whom the Eagles love to get out into space, but he would possess the same technical abilities and football IQ in the middle of the line. Jalen Hurts spent a year taking snaps from Humphrey with no issues, so it would mitigate the concerns about a left-handed center.