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Cardinals take OT Humphries in the first round

Posted by Darren Urban on April 30, 2015 – 7:42 pm

The Cardinals did not trade out of the 24th pick, and if they were looking at pass rushers, they watched two good ones go off the board in the two picks before them as the Steelers took Bud Dupree and the Broncos traded with the Lions to move up at take Shane Ray at No. 23. So the Cardinals go offensive line with their pick, taking Florida tackle D.J. Humphries. Humphries should have the ability to move to left tackle at some point, but in the short-term figures to battle Bobby Massie for the right tackle job. Massie is scheduled to be a free agent after the 2015 season.

It’s not sexy, but GM Steve Keim has said many times he has wanted to upgrade and solidify the offensive line. This fits. The offensive line continues to be a priority and that no longer should be a surprise.

 D.J. Humphries


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57 Responses to “Cardinals take OT Humphries in the first round”

  1. By hackle on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    I like going offensive line but I was thinking center.

  2. By cards62 on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Interesting pick. I was not expecting OT with our first pick. Based upon who was left on the board I would have went with Malcom Brown DT Texas, but I am hoping Humphries is an all pro for 10 years.

    So who would all of you have taken at 24 based upon who was on the board???

    Go Cards

  3. By jerrytown on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    I wanted Shaq. Don’t hate it though. We could always use more O line

  4. By CORMAC on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    When building a home, you always start with a good foundation. Great pic. I love our staff.

  5. By dane on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    BOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Can’t catch a break… both picks before our pick were studs.. this pick ruined my whole weekend

  6. By jmay on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Not a fan of this pick but our running backs shouldn’t have any excuses thus year.

  7. By brinnc on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    As I posted in the previous blog not real pleased with the pick, he wasnt a top 5 OT and not a huge reach, but a reach! I can forgive not trading down or out of first round, may not have had any takers!! But there were all ILB’s on the board, Anthony/Clemson or Kendricks/UCLA were there for the taking and would have shored up a position with a ton of questions!! Dont agree with D.J. Humphries, but have to trust SK/BA they are doing great things, hope this pick ends up making me eat a LARGE AMOUNT OF CROW!!!
    McShay was saying TE, I think I would have been happier with a TE even though I didnt agree with him!!
    Only thing left to say…. Welcome to the BIRDGANG, D.J. HUMPHRIES! !! (time for you to come in and prove this old Cardinal fan wrong!!)

  8. By jetstreamgreen81! on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    WTF.! We have a RT! We need a RB, ILB, OLB or pass rusher not another OL unless it is a center. A good player but not one of our needs in my opionion. Damn you Pittsburg getting Bud and Denver as well getting Ray. @ Least we have a backup LT and RT. I don’t understand this. I would have taken Coleman @ RB or Collins or Brandon Jones @ CB instead of Humphries. If we were going to pick what we already had Perriman would have been a better pick. Hope the rest of the draft goes better but this is like a Rod Graves kind of pick.

  9. By Steve . on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    A good player at a position of strength for the Cards which leaves me a little disappointed. Really wanted Shane Ray and was p#$%^d when Denver came up and grabbed him. Again where is the pass rush going to come from?? I know Humphries has potential but I thought both Veldheer and Massie played well at our OT position. Why didn’t Keim trade up a couple of spots to secure a an elite pass rusher?? This team is very close to competing for a championship but they cant rush the passer but they take a guy who probably will ride the bench next season….

  10. By Cards Fan In Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    i agree that offensive line is important. But I also remember taking Levi Brown and Jonathan Cooper 5th and 7th overall. Why do we think the Cardinals will have better luck taking an offensive lineman at 24? Sign proven vets on the OLine. Don’t draft them. So disappointed. Most of the guys I wanted were off the board, but I think the guy above me is right. Brown seemed to make the most sense for us with the pick. But really, anything but a QB or OLineman would’ve been better than this.

  11. By Seacard on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Overall my feeling is ambivalence, I really wanted to see them grab an OLB. Last time I checked though superbowls aren’t won at the end of april and if Mr. Humphries can help keep Palmer upright on through the Sb then we will all be happy. Looking forward to your highlight reel of him, I missed it I’d like to see how this guy moves.

  12. By azdesertrat1953 on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    That makes the O-Line something other teams are going to have a problem with.

    I would also say,Carson Palmer is loving this!

    Welcome to the nest, D.J. Humphries.

    GO CARDS!!!

  13. By William Barry on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    I agree with Cormac, Its a great pick. He is an immediate starter, per the NFL edition of SI,

    really love this pick, one will be surprised with his athleticism, per what ESPN showed on TV….we need that “foundation” to build on…

    GO CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By brinnc on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Anybody see the twitter put out by Adam Caplan

    Seems RB Zac Stacy is not happy the Rams drafted Gurley, says he will ask for release or trade!!! Whatever happened to the days of “TEAM”! I just dont get this younger generation, its all about them and not helping the team!! With his attitude I wouldnt want him on my team anyway!!! Rams should cut him and all other teams should not sign him, lets see if he has an attitude change after a year or two of unemployment! !! Hey Zac…there is no I in team!!!

  15. By rickschlaga on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Can you say Levi Brown ya’ll.

  16. By Mark on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Why not move up 2 spots and get Dupree?

  17. By brinnc on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Packers just snagged Randell/ASU! Was rated the best safety in the draft by some!! Congrats to all you Arizona State fans out there!!

  18. By Wayne on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Veldeer- LT
    Iupati – LG
    Larson/Shiey- C
    Cooper – RG
    Humphries/Massie

    Could Cardinals weak spot the last 10 years now be a major strength, absolutely you win in the trenches and you win games. Cards will have a nice passing team and also control the clock. I love the pick and now we go Pass Rusher off the edge and RB then CB, finish it up drafting BPA.

  19. By emziecarden on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Emziecarden. Why couldn’t we get Adrian Peterson. . Cause we need that nack to open up the passing game.

  20. By Jaime Rodriguez on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Interesting pick but hey you have to be able to run the ball to open up our passing game. GO CARDINALS!!!

  21. By Andy Kw on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    So what about Massie? I guess he was always a weakness.

  22. By Richard S on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    We could have 4 of the 5 starting offensive linemen being first round picks. The NIners a few years go took 2 offensive linemen in the first round, Iupati is now a Cardinal. Dallas seems to have the formula for building up the offensive line. The Cardinals winning seasons in St. Louis had a top notch offensive line with Conrad Dobler and Dan Dierdorf and company and one entire season only allowed I believe one quarterback sack. I remember telling a Niner fan that and he said “Yeah I remember that game.” It wasn’t a game, it was the whole 14 game season. Hopefully later in the draft we can get a good RB and our running game will be much improved. Reading the evaluations of Humphries, you get all kind of conflicting statements. Shane Ray handled him, Shane Ray was handled by him, he’s quick and he’s slow off the snap.

  23. By Richard S on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    I meant the entire season, the Cards allowed 8 quarterback sacks, not one.

  24. By Tucson Card on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    I think this was a wise pick. With all of the hype surrounding the pass rushers and receivers, we kept the trenches in mind. It’s always a good time to build the o line.

  25. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    So if Daryl Washington gets suspended for another 8 games or the entire season, will Keim regret not drafting the best ILB in the draft – Eric Kendricks from UCLA?

    The Humphries pick comes across as a luxury pick or a need pick. You can’t convince me that he was the BPA on the board at #24. I would have gone with Kendricks or DT Eddie Goldman from Florida State who are much more likely to be starters from Day #1 than Humphries. Mel Kiper ripped Humprhries a good one, so I hope D.J. uses that as motivation.

    It doesn’t make sense (to me) use your first rounder on a player to provide depth and maybe compete for a starting job. I also don’t like the idea of taking a RT and moving him to LT. That didn’t work out so well with Levi Brown.

    All that said, I trust Keim’s judgement, especially given his pedigree. Hopefully we can grab a LB in the second round.

  26. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    I meant to say, moving a LT to RT isn’t such a good idea, IMO.

  27. By CardinalChris on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    OMG what a terrible pick.

    Watch this video: http://draftbreakdown.com/video/d-j-humphries-vs-lsu-2014/

    Two pass set whiffs in first half. Three whiffs in run blocking trying to hit someone at the second level.

    Not sure what they were thinking here, but he’ll fit in nicely with our o-line. No nastiness, no push in run blocking and you can find him on the ground or walking at the end of every play.

    Sick to my stomach right now.

  28. By todd card on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Good pick up. Going for some “Hogs” type stuff.

  29. By Coach K on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Fantastic pick. I said either corner or offensive tackle all along.

    I expect Cornerback in round two, or Defensive tackle if the right guy falls.

    Edge rusher round three, or RB if the right guy falls.

    Running back round four

    I’m happy with D.J. in round one. Exactly what we needed because he can play both left and right tackle. Great feet.

  30. By jasonc on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    It makes sense with Massie being a FA next season and us having big FA money tied up in Veldheer and Iupati. I think we take Ray if Denver doesn’t jump us at 23…it was just TO right. I know with Gregory’s weed concerns most fans have already written him off, and maybe Keim has as well, but I hope he falls to us in the second round and we take a chance.

    I don’t see Humphries helping us this year. Even if he beats out Massie…how much of an upgrade is he? Gregory (or Ray if Denver doesn’t bone us) takes a VERY good defense to a great defense. We need a difference maker on the edge to be great in my opinion.

  31. By Sackman on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Great pickup. Solid. You say compete with Massie! He should be taking over Massie’s spot. There should be no excuses to run the ball this year and we should be able to protect the Quarterback better now. This pick should be a solid hit for years to come.

  32. By Dan on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    When are we going to get away from OL picks. People always say great pick and a lot of times they are sitting on the sidelines or traded. Really??? Why did we take players from other teams then. Sorry people we DO NOT HAVE A RB.

  33. By Dan on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    We been building this foundation for how many years?????

  34. By brinnc on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Not sure where all the Cardinal faithful are??
    Looks to me the Saints had an awesome first day of the draft, but with two picks you better have a good first round!! But getting both Peat/Standford and Anthony/Clemson they did quite well.
    SK saying Humphries was #13 on their board? Seems way to high, but it is what it is!! There is already chatter on ESPN that Cards may move current LT over to RT so Humphries can play LT, not sure I would move Veldheer, he is awesome LT!! Plus hearing DJ isnt very good run blocker?? If that is true, this pick makes little sense!! Maybe they meant not good pass blocker? But if he isnt good pass blocker why put him at LT right away? Just asking to get Palmer killed!
    Is everyone just stunned with the pick?? Where are all the regular posters??? Come on guys, what do you all think about the pick?

    Question: Gregory/Nebraska is falling, as expected, but if he somehow falls to 3rd round, is it worth the risk for the Cardinals to steal him in the 3rd? If he does fall and is there when we pick in third I think it is worth the gamble, Mathieu type contract of course, that way team is protected, question is, would he be willing to sign that type of contract like honeybadger was? If so, with HB’s help I think Gregory may just work out for us!! I just dont see him still on the board in the 3rd round! !
    Thoughts on who the Cardinals take in the 2nd round?? Pretty much have to go RB, in my humble opinion, anyway… went and got an O-Line man in rd #1 so now they need someone that is a downhill power runner to run behind our totally revamped O-Line! ! Ajai/Boise St would be nice in rd #2, but I dont think he makes it down to us, if we want him we have to trade up I think. Maybe Cobb/Minnesota in the 3rd instead?

  35. By Dynosoar on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Not knowing who else was still available (just got home), I have just one thought –

    We lost Palmer, then Palmer again and then Stanton to injuries. If Humphries keeps Palmer in the game and injury free then D.J Humphries is the best pick of the Entire Draft.

    If QB is the most valuable position, then what about the men who protect that QB? I trust Steve Keim, waiting to learn more about all our draftees.

    Look at that photo, D.J Humpries’ arms are as big as his head.

  36. By BigAL on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    WOW! I’m happy! I know its not sexy but honestly…in analyzing the draft, when I could make time…I’ve felt & hoped our pick would come down to DT Malcom Brown or OT DJHumphries….I would have been happy either way!!! Bobby Massie has not progressed….he is a back-up RT! And rookie contract is up next year! Time will tell…But our window is short…Carson/Fitz….Defense wins Championships! Keep your Defense fresh & you will win!

  37. By John on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    If you watch the games, your QB’s need to get rid of the ball sooner. Your running back don’t break tackles in the game. The line does need to play better, especially if you are going to pass a lot and you don;t have a running game.

  38. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    Shocked…I don’t understand the pick.

  39. By Amir on Apr 30, 2015 | Reply

    All I can is… WTF???? Really???

    BOOOOOO.

  40. By Dr. G. on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    The Hump…would have been a decent pick without the history of missing many games with multiple MCL SPRAINS. I know he came out early so if he has another knee problem, at least he will be getting paid to sit..!

    As things developed, Byron Jones was my pick there…exponential up side at CB. The Cowboys are giddy. O-line could have been addressed a bit later. Humphries was ranked late 1st or 2nd round… The injuries worry me….later Cards’ Fans

  41. By jeffy1951 on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    I cannot believe the comment board here! The negativity is so disappointing – and here’s why. Quality depth on the O-line, an O-line that has gone from what was it 30th or so 3 short years ago is now a top ten line on paper. IF Cooper performs and stays on the field, we will have improved RB production by default! And don’t forget, there are still several rounds to go with which to improve our D.
    Humphries was the 3rd rated O lineman on many if not most boards going in and when the flippin Broncos jumped us by giving up TWO 5th round pick to take Ray, SK did the best thing although the LEAST “sexy” by adding another rock to the foundation.Our offense is already significantly improved and with the addition of another quality RB we will be dangerous all game long!

  42. By ored on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    not very long ago,many people were clamoring for o-line help(no qb protection-no push for run game)…well here we are,with only one 1st round pick we made a positive choice,if he helps open up the run game and keeps the qb up right,i’m happy.still lots of picks to go,but we already made an improvement,now our offense is closer to the defensive capabilities,lots of good rb’s left,we have good recievers and a healthy qb…should bode well for keims’ 3 year rebuild.

  43. By NJAzCardsFan on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Not a sexy pick but a necessary one…….

  44. By Hammy on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Very surprised by this pick simply because I don’t think it was a position that we were thin at but I’m just a fan what do I know? I was thinking corner once all the pass rushers were off the board and I didn’t think we would take a flyer on Gregory. Taking an OT to keep our QB upright and improve on the running game is always key to being successful. On to day two!

  45. By Marlin on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Smart Pick. Like it! Dominating OL means a contending team for several years.

  46. By BigAL on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    By Cards Fan In Massachusetts
    “i agree that offensive line is important.” “Sign proven vets on the OLine.”
    Huh?
    I was trying to figure out… where/how you think we attained…Veldeer. Iupati, Larson?

  47. By Leesters on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Best player available. He will be a huge upgrade from Massie. We have an awesome OL now. It’s not a sexy pick, but it sure is solid. The OL upgrades will pay off. Remember guys, its not over, either. Lots of RB’s in the pool. Larry Centers was like a 6th round pick. I was disappointed everyone ahead of us drafted so well, but I like the pick with what was available.

  48. By Scott H on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Well, assuming that Cooper comes around and actually plays this year AND with the FA additions to the O-line last year and this AND now with another first round O-lineman coming on board last night….it would seem the O-line should be ready to roll. And I mean ROLL!

    Now….can we PLEASE go get Adrian Peterson and make all of these moves along the O-line pay off? Sorry if people are tired of hearing it but Adrian Peterson is an opportunity that does not come along often. It is there for the taking right now and it is THE move that puts this team FRONT and CENTER in the NFC.

    A rookie RB is another crap shoot, and this team has crapped out too often with this position in the draft over the last decade. Dammit, let’s go for this thing now!

  49. By George on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    What a 1st round wasted pick, Why was he projected as 7th round Pick ??
    Also, he also has injury problem’s the last 2 years, Other’s teams got a lot better in free agency Seattle, San Fran etc.., .. and besides the OL, the Cardinals got a lot weaker in all the other positions, We still don’t have a reliable 3rd string QB If Logan struggles in a practice & Lindley, OMG is he still on the team ??? They have no pass rush, need DE’s LB’s CB, S’s and Running back desperately It’s going to be a long season, 4-12 and that’s if Palmer & Stanton can still healthy

  50. By BigAL on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    To all the doubters…think about this… 7 O-Lineman were taken in the 1st Rnd…
    Not to mention the news that came out Tues? about La’el Collins former, pregnant
    girlfriend being shot & killed (tragically) Meanwhile dropping him from from being
    in this grouping & probably making this # 8 O-Lineman in 1st Rnd…Collins had a
    6.1 Grade Rating by NFL.com…

    @ #5 Scherff had the highest Grade @ 6.4
    @ #9 Flowers a 6.1
    @ #13 A Peat a 6.2
    @ #19 Erving a 5.8
    @ #21 Ogbuehi a 5.9
    @ #24 D.J.Humpries had a 6.2 grade matching him to A.Peat taken 15 earlier!
    @ #28 Tomlinson a 5.6

    I’m just sayin…based on NFL.COM Grade Ratings…we got the second highest
    Graded O-Lineman in the draft with the 24th pick!
    And if you think we didn’t NEED this position choice just go back & watch the
    Carolina playoff game from last year…I literally felt sorry for Lindley cause there
    was play after play where Bobby Massie didn’t even put a hand on his defender! Terrible!

  51. By Richard L on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    A weak OL draft and we need ILB and OLB and we draft OT Humphries. Come on SK I thought you were smarter than that. Once again we left talent on the board and took another Levi Brown. I guess the Cards need to look a history lesson.

  52. By Chris on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    I just realized that only Veldeer will be playing at the same position as last yr on OL. That means 4/5 new faces on OL with some serious competition at C. Would love a talent infusion at that position as well, but think competition should be just fine.

    Darren, could you ask the next time BA/SK is talking C what they expect from Steen? He kind of gets overlooked all the time, wonder if he is a sleeper pick. Thx!

    Whats funny is, that the opinions on this yrs OT class appear to differ greatly. Humphries is like the 5th or 6th OT taken, Collins is even still there, and everyone claims to have taken “the most promising OT of this yrs draft”.
    NFL.com loves the pick, PFF not so much, dont know what other analysts are saying.

    Any thoughts on that Darren?

  53. By Darren Urban on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: Ratings

    Bottom line, it is not surprising that different people have different thoughts on the pick. It’s all opinion. The Cards’ collective opinion of Humphries, from the scouts to the coaches to the front office, was high. They took him.

    I’ve done this for too long. No one really knows. No one hits 100 percent. And no one can tell what Humphries will be in two or three years.

  54. By azdesertrat1953 on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    AP is not going anywhere, if it did not happen Friday night then it’s a 99% chance he will stay with Minn. or an NFL team will not be able to draft or spend money for the next two years paying for him if he does go to another team.

    Keep moving nothing to see here, except day two of the 2015 draft.

    GO CARDS!!!

  55. By azdesertrat1953 on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    One other thing about D.J. Humpfries. Watch how he hugs everyone, he does not pat anyone on the back with an open hand, it’s a Fist banging on your back.

    Remember this, it was Steve Keim who did Not want Levi Brown when he was picked, 2007, but Stave was not able to stop it, not being the GM. Anyone know who would have been Steve’s pick that year?
    If you are a Cards Fan you know. We had pick number 5, Minnesota was 7th.

    GO CARDS!!!

  56. By brinnc on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Im confused here, everyone saying he will start from day one, yet he couldnt crack the starting lineup in college? As well, he was advised by the football guru’s to return to college, yet he ignores the experts and all of us arm chair GM’s say he is going to come in and unseat a 4th yr pro (even though he only started something like 19 games in college) yet every ILB was still on the board, reach? Probably, but I would have to say D.J. was a reach as well.

    Everyone keeps mentioning Coleman, while he is a good RB he is a CLONE of Ellington, he is the last player we need, we need a downhill runner, a power runner to compliment Ellington and give us the proverbial two headed monster, mr inside, mr outside, Coleman is the last RB we need (as far as type of RB)!

    Truth be told it doesnt matter if every single poster on here hates the pick, we dont get paid to make the picks or put the team together (by the way I love draft time, we get like 100 new posters who only post during the draft then poof they gone!! While im not crazy about this pick, I have to say that SK/BA have turned this team around, I tend to love the winning ways, so if they had Humphries rated as #13 overall on the board then looks like we got a steal, over 40 years as a diehard Cardinal fan, anf finally thanks to our front office and coaching staff we are no longer the laughing stock of the NFL, we are CONTENDERS!!! I have to set my feelings about this pick aside and trust the professionals that get paid to run an NFL team know what they’re doing, and so far the Cardinals organization has proven most of the time they know what they are doing!!!

  57. By Scott H on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    azdesertrat1953 –

    You lost me there, man. You’re saying that if it didn’t happen Friday night, there is a 99% chance he stays in Minnesota. I might agree with you, but….Friday night hasn’t actually happened yet. Did you mean THURS night???

    Yeah, I seriously doubt anything is gonna happen with AP and the Cardinals. But I would think that if there IS a snowball’s chance in hell that anything COULD happen, it would probably happen tonight ( when tonight actually gets here ).

    BUT, most likely, the dream dies tonight. And I’m sure many people will be glad to no longer have to listen to me trying to keep the dream alive.

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