Photo of D.J. Humphries
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 1
  • Pick 24
  • Overall 24

Combine Results

6.26 ?
  • 5.12 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 104.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is a great pick for the Cardinals. Give general manager Steve Keim a lot of credit. He's rebuilt that offensive line. They signed Mike Iupati this offseason and have Jared Veldheer at left tackle. Humphries can start on the right side. Keep in mind who the quarterback is; Carson Palmer, when he starts the Cardinals win." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 307LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


Played in 29 career games with 19 starts. Named All-Freshman SEC in 2012 while playing in 12 contests. In 2013, he played in seven games while starting six, but missed the final five games with a sprained MCL. In 2014, played in 66.9 percent of the team's snaps, missing two games due to injury. Consensus five-star recruit from Mallard Creek High School (N.C.) where he was ranked the No. 2 prospect in the nation and No. 1 tackle by Won the Anthony Munoz Award given to the nation's top high school lineman in 2011. His father, D.J., played wide receiver at Presbyterian and played in the Arena Football League. D.J. also made it into camp with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002.



Nasty play demeanor with legitimate toughness to his game. Plays through and past the whistle. Stays cranky. Into it all game long vs. LSU's Danielle Hunter. Flexible hips and knees offer up leverage wins as run blocker. Gets down blocks secured and transitions quickly into second-level stalker with ability to mirror moving linebackers in space. As base-blocker, hustles feet into position and works to wall defender off. Has desired foot quickness combined with proper angles to be effective blocker on play side and back side on stretch plays. Gains good ground with kick slide and takes smart angles to cut off the edge. Rarely narrows base in run or pass game. Uses length to help cut off inside rush moves.


Too often a leaner and lunger. Can fall off balance in run game against moving targets when his feet get complacent at contact. Needs to drive feet through contact as run blocker rather than engaging in upper-body sumo wrestling. Hand placement is a mess, with hands sliding high off of targets. Uses hands to slap, push and spar rather than to snatch and sustain. Tends to lean into pass rusher at point of contact rather than shoot his punch. Leaning "punch" opens him to spin move counters back inside. Eyes trained too high on target and hands follow suit in pass protection. Offensive line coaches taking close look at his functional power to redirect rushers over the arc once they get into his edge.

Draft Projection

Round 1

Sources Tell Us

"He can probably come in and play right away, but I'm not quite as high on him as everyone else seems to be. I think he can be good but I don't see a Pro Bowl player." - NFL Director of Personnel

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

An elite-level tackle when he exited the high school ranks, Humphries relies on his superior athleticism and fist-fight mentality rather than an improved skill set and steady technique. He might always have an issue with being a leaner, but his hand placement should improve with more work and coaching. When he improves in that area, he could become a solid NFL starter on the left side.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.