NFL Draft: Cardinals Grab D.J. Humphries With 24th Pick


It’s pretty safe to say that no one saw that pick coming.

With the 24th selection in the NFL Draft on Thursday night, the Arizona Cardinals selected offensive lineman D.J. Humphries out of the University of Florida.

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Heading into the draft, many mocks had the Cardinals taking either a pass rusher or a running back. Linebacker and pass rushing stud Randy Gregory was on the board for the Red Birds, but they decided to go with an offensive lineman instead.

Humphries played three years at the University of Florida. During his freshman season in 2012, he was named by the Freshman All-American by Sporting News and the First-Team All-Freshmen for an offensive lineman in the SEC.

During the last couple of seasons, Humphries has struggled staying on the field though. In 2013, he played the first seven games of the season before suffering a season-ending injuring. During his junior campaign, the o-lineman missed two games with leg injuries.

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The Humphries pick certainly has me puzzled for a couple of different reasons.

Grabbing an offensive tackle really wasn’t much of a need with Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie at both tackle spots. I feel that they missed a golden opportunity with Gregory still on the board too. Sure he has issues, but the guy is arguably the best pass rusher in this draft and it’s an area that this team needs to address.

As time goes by, I’m sure this pick will make a little more sense. For now, the Cardinals selection of Humphries is a real head-scratcher.

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