2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Creed Humphrey

  • Creed Humphrey, 6-5/312

  • Center

  • Oklahoma

  • Creed Humphrey Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Tough blocker
  • Strong at the point of attack
  • Functional strength
  • Good technique
  • Intelligent
  • Quality height, length, weight
  • Fundamentally sound
  • Good hand placement
  • Quality length for an interior blocker
  • Good anchor against bull rushes
  • Keeps his weight behind his toes
  • Recoverability
  • Quick to adjust to games up front
  • Durable
  • Safe pick
  • Lots of experience
  • Versatile could also play some guard
  • Should be able to compete quickly

  • Weaknesses:
  • Has some skill-set limitations
  • Not a great athlete
  • Lacks speed and quickness

  • Summary: Humphrey spent the last three seasons as a reliable and dependable starter for the Sooners. He broke into the starting line up in 2018 as a redshirt freshman and became a steady producer at the point of attack. That trend continued in 2019 and 2020, with Humphrey putting together good seasons for Oklahoma.

    Humphrey looks like a NFL future starter who could earn a starting job quickly as a pro. He is very tough at the point of attack and intelligent. Humphrey does a nice job of reading defenses and adjusting to games and blitzes up front. He shows advanced technique in terms of hand placement and strong fundamentals to bend at the knee and avoid letting his weight get over his toes. For an interior offensive lineman, Humphrey has quality size and good length.

    Humphrey shows the ability to anchor in pass protection, and he can hold his ground against bull rushes from heavy defensive tackles. He won't be a liability against 3-4 defenses with good zero-technique nose tackles who aim to collapse the pocket. Humphrey can sink his hips and is strong to hold his ground. Executing double teams with his guards is not an issue for him either, and Humphrey should be a helpful blocker to execute double teams on problematic interior linemen.

    Against the run, Humphrey is strong at the point of attack. He can control and manipulate defenders and shows good technique to hit combo blocks or get to the second level. Humphrey, however, will not be overwhelming as an interior run blocker.

    Here's how an area scout broke down Humphrey, "He's all you need from an interior offensive lineman. He's tough, smart, strong, can anchor, and is dependable. He's all business. I think he's going to be a solid starter."

    Humphrey also brings some added value in that he could play some guard, but that is not an ideal fir for him. He is a natural center. If there is an injury, his team could get away with playing him at guard to finish out a game, but he's more adept as a center.

    Some teams have given Humphrey third-round grades, and he could easily get selected there. He may sneak into the second round, and if he slips, it would be surprising if he weren't taken before the third day of the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Player Comparison: Ben Jones. Some team sources said Humphrey looked like a bigger version of Jones. Jones has had a solid career for the Texans and the Titans since being a mid-round pick. Humphrey could follow a similar path in the NFL.



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