2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Detroit Lions Offensive Line Prospects

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3. D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

D.J. Humphries is a large young man. When I say large I mean 6-foot-5, 307 pounds. When I say young I mean 21-years-young.

Some look at Humphries and wonder what his ceiling might be at 24-years-old if he is this good now. Others look at the fact that the Florida Gator and are quick to point out that he has played in a total of less than 30 college games and furthermore, has made less than 20 collegiate starts.

He’s raw — but athletic.

What I like most about Humphries is his agility and his feet.  He looks like a player who was successful in other sports, (basketball) and moves very well, which means he is able to mirror the pass rusher and stay centered on his man so that there is never an edge being presented to the attacker. He gets a good push in the run game too — moving well into the second level.

Two things he will have to work on in order to be successful as a pro:

  1. Durability
  2. Consistency

Humphries can run a little hot and cold during the game, raising and lowering his level of play based on his level of competition. He can also get a little lazy with his fundamentals, getting a bit off-balance when too aggressive with his initial punch and leaving himself vulnerable to counters.

As noted above, the kid as young and certainly has room to grow. Perhaps it will be in the Motor City.

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