Texans land Kyle Pitts and more in 2021 NFL Mock Draft with a twist
By Brian Emory
Round 3, Pick 67: Creed Humphrey, iOL, Oklahoma
With Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard, and Charlie Heck all set to return next year the Texans will actually enter the 2021 campaign with decent depth at the offensive tackle position. However, Houston’s offensive line still ranked as one of the league’s worst last year.
The source of this problem was primarily the woeful and inconsistent play on the interior of the offensive line. Nick Martin had his worst season as a pro at center, and the guard position was plagued by below average play throughout the season.
The Texans have to find upgrades here, and if Creed Humphrey falls to the top of the third round it would be a homerun selection. There aren’t many players in the draft that are more ready to contribute right away than Humphrey.
Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing close to 320 pounds, Humphrey has plenty of size for the position. From the moment he first arrived in Norman he established himself as a stalwart upon the Oklahoma offensive line. The first thing that stands out about Humphrey is his strength. He consistently looks like the strongest player on the field, and knows how to deliver some devastating blocks.
Not only does Humphrey have all the physical traits to be a dominant force, but he’s also one of the smartest players on the field. Humphrey was regularly tasked with the responsibility of diagnosing blitzes and other defensive alignments. He was the leader on Oklahoma’s offensive line throughout his three years as a Sooner and has all the makings of being a terrific captain one day for whichever NFL team selects him.
The only problem here is that the Texans have a larger need at guard, and Humphrey spent most of his time in college at center. The Texans recently extended Nick Martin, and he’s been the team’s starting center for the past four years. The hope is that either Humphrey is capable of playing guard or that Martin would be willing to kick over. Humphrey would simply be too good to pass up on here.