The NFL Season has come and gone as has the Combine and it is officially NFL Draft season. Over the next two or so months, we will attempt to provide and publish about 100 unique scouting reports on potential NFL Draft picks. The aim of these scouting reports is to provide a detailed breakdown of each player based off of extensive film study. You can check out our Scouting Reports Page to see all of the reports we have published. D.J. Humphries was advised to return to school for his senior season but decided to forgo that season and enter the NFL Draft. I believe that he should have returned to school as he is very raw and inconsistent with his technique. Find out if his potential was enough to earn him a first round grade.
Name: D.J. Humphries
Position: Offensive Tackle
Weight: 307 Pounds
College: University of Florida
Pros: Humphries is a very good athlete who is fluid and has good hips. He is a natural pass blocker with long arms and big hands. He is a natural knee bender with good flexibility and places his hands well. He has a good kick slide and a great hand punch. When healthy, he has performed well vs. some elite pass rushers
Cons: Humphries is incredibly raw and has very inconsistent technique. He also struggles with power rushers and bull rush moves. He is inconsistent and weak in run blocking and has a history of injuries. He seems to lack focus as well and has lapses that you simply cannot have at left tackle.
Our Take: Humphries is being hyped as a possible top ten pick but I simply do not see it. While he has incredible upside and is a great, natural football player he is simply too raw and injury prone to even merit a first round grade. I believe he is two to three years away from being consistent enough with his technique to play well on a game by game basis. He needs to prove that he can play with this added weight as well as continue to work hard on his technique. I simply do not see the hype here with Humphries.
Final Grade: 84 Out of 100
Humprhies is the first prospect where I have a major discrepancy compared to his projected draft range. Humphries is projected as a top 20 pick but I simply do not see it. He is going to need to make major strides in his first two years in the NFL in order to earn a starting spot and he should have returned to school. I believe he would provide a better value in the middle to late second round, but it is unlikely he makes it out of the top 20.
Possible Draft Spots: I have seen Humphries being mocked as high as number nine overall to the New York Giants and as low as the late second round. However, I believe he will be overdrafted due to his Combine performance, going to either the Giants at 9, Rams at 10, Browns at 12, Texans at 16, Chiefs at 18, or Panthers at 25. However, I believe he will be drafted somewhere in the top 20.