The Arizona Cardinals went a completely different direction than has been discussed all offseason. Instead of taking a pass rusher, cornerback or inside linebacker, they go with an offensive tackle and select tackle D.J. Humphries with the 24th pick in the NFL Draft.
It was the pick NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock predicted in his only mock draft.
Humphries was a five-star recruit entering Florida. He started 19 games at left tackle for the Gators and did not really live up to expectations. He struggled gaining weight. As a freshman, he weighed 245 pounds.
It took a 5000-calorie diet in the pre-draft process, but now he has filled out his frame, now weighing over 300 punds.
He was initially told by the NFL Draft advisory board to go back to school, but his decision paid off.
He has a tremendous upside.
The selection is seen as a surprise to many people, but it shows the commitment to improve the offensive line. General manager Steve Keim has used two of his three first round picks on linemen and also drafted one in the fourth round two years ago.
He will compete with Bobby Massie for the starting right tackle position, but could develop into an NFL left tackle, should Jared Veldheer get injured or begin to decline in his play.
Arizona chose him over pass rusher Randy Gregory, athletic cornerback Byron Jones and linebacker Eric Kendricks, who was reportedly in the mix for the Cards' pick.
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