Creed Humphrey is the latest center to enter the Kansas City Chiefs roster. Last year, in his 2021 rookie season, everyone knew that Humphrey would make a splash as he entered the field, but we didn’t expect the level of skill he brought too.
Creed Humphrey is a rising star like no other, and we cannot wait to see him play this season. As long as Humphrey remains healthy, we can expect the NFL betting odds to be in the Chiefs’ favor.
Humphrey’s School Career
So how did Humphrey become the rookie star we’ve seen in the 2021 season? Well, his talents were clear from his early years at Shawnee High School. Based in Oklahoma, Humphrey hadn’t settled on his center position yet, but being so young this made sense.
Instead, he played center and defense. His schooling antics made enough commotion that he was asked to join the U.S Army All-American Games in 2017 at the age of 18. From here he was noticed by multiple scouts, and instantly became the player to tutor.
In fact, Humphrey was one of a handful of young players who had earned a 4-star rating from 247Sports. His numbers were a little unusual though, as although Humphry was considered the 5th best prospect in Oklahoma, and the 3rd best center in the country, his recruiting class was much lower.
In total Humphrey was only ranked 294th overall. The future star needed to prove himself in college to have a chance to change his story.
Humphrey’s College Career
Due to his high prospect listing and 3rd best center rating, Humphrey received a lot of attention from college scholarship programs. In total 19 universities contacted him with offers, the best of which were Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Alabama.
Looking at these agreement letters it seemed as though Humphry was originally going to sign on with Texas A&M, but just a couple of months later, a decommission letter was sent. At this point, it became clear that Humphrey had his sights set on Oklahoma.
Usually, a prospect will spend their first year benched as they get used to the new level of competition in a college setting, but Humphrey was given a college uniform straight away. He played in 14 games in 2017, meaning his training for the skill change was minimal.
During these games, Oklahoma State only lost 3 times, all of which were close calls. Their biggest win difference was against South Alabama, where the Cowboys won 44 to 7.
In 2018, Humphrey’s played in 12 games but was returned to starting center in 2019 and 2020.
In the 2019 and 2020 seasons, our star was gaining traction. He managed to earn the Offensive Lineman of the Year for the Big 12 during this time and moved from the All-Big 12 second team to the All-Big 12 first team.
2019 was the start of a massive change for the center, as all of these accomplishments pushed him forward to the NFL draft. Humphries announced his early move to the NFL Draft for the 2021 season, and we all saw just how talented he was in lights.
The 2021 NFL Season
Humphrey wasn’t picked in the first round, and it took a while for someone to choose him in the second round. This shining star was only picked in the middle ground area of 63rd place overall. The Kansas City Chief signed the rookie and allowed him to play in week 1 of the season.
Just like his college days, Humphrey’s coaches saw that this rookie had the skill and strength to jump in at the deep end, so they placed him against the Cleveland Browns. Instantly Humphreys was able to showcase his abilities, and in the end, the Chiefs won 33 to 29 – the perfect start to Humphrey’s season.
In the 2021 season, Humphrey played in all 17 games and earned himself his first NFL achievement of entering the PFWA All-Rookie Team.
Pro Football Focus
Pro Football Focus is an analytics company that focuses on football. They bring us all the data we need to truly understand the players we are dealing with. Their word carries a lot of weight and for the PFWA to say that Creed Humphrey is their midseason All-Rookie is a triumph. What’s better is that they named him on the All-Pro team too.
In total, Pro Football Focus stated that Humphrey is the 4th greatest offensive lineman in NFL history.
They didn’t just pull this concept out of nowhere – Humphrey made 506 pass-block snaps in his 2021 season and only had to surrender 1. That’s unheard of. And even if we take numbers out of the equation, you can watch a game with Humphrey in which he bulldozes defending players, stealing the ball back into the Chief’s hands.
From stats to finesse, Humphrey has it all.
Humphrey has made a massive impression on the NFL fields already. And although this season is his second as an NFL player, we expect his presence to dominate the team and drive the Chiefs’ to victory.