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A look at D.J. Humphries from the Florida perspective

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Andy Hutchins from Alligator Army gives us some insight about the Cardinals' newest player.

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The Arizona Cardinals added offensive tackle D.J. Humphries to their team, selecting him 24th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. According to general manager Steve Keim, he was their highest rated left tackle. They see a lot of potential in him and he will compete for the starting right tackle job this coming season.

But he hasn't always been viewed as a top prospect. I asked Andy Hutchins from Alligator Army, the SB Nation team site for the Florida Gators, to give some perspective about the newest member of the Birdgang.

Here's what he had to say:

D.J. Humphries was Florida's highest-rated offensive line recruit in many years when he signed with the Gators in 2012, and regarded as a future star at the position. But he was skinny for a tackle, weighing 265 pounds coming out of high school, and being listed at just 275 pounds on Florida's 2012 roster. He was thrown into the fire by injuries to Florida's line, and occasionally overwhelmed by bigger, stronger SEC defenders, but generally looked like he belonged.

And then, well, he never did really put on weight at Florida. Humphries was "at fault" -- as much as an offensive player can be for a teammate's injury -- when Jeff Driskel got sacked and then hurt against Tennessee in 2013, and was abused at times by better rushers, especially Missouri's Shane Ray. He flashed the ability to wall off defenders at times, but he simply didn't have the bulk to take the shots of initial contact in rusher vs. tackle battles. "Hump" was not a player most Florida fans, tired of his inability to turn those flashes into consistency, would have projected to go in the first round when he declared, and even the NFL Draft Advisory Board (now infamously) recommended he remain in school.

So what changed? He put on the weight. 5,000-calorie meals helped him get over 300 pounds for the first time, and Humphries now has the body of an NFL offensive tackle, after always possessing the nimble feet, long arms, large frame, and big hands that personnel people look for. It remains to be seen whether this will give him the consistency that has been lacking -- my guess is that change will take time. But the biggest thing that was holding Humphries back is no longer an issue for him. And his potential has always been great.

The general idea out there is that Humphries is expected to be a much better pro player than he was a college player. He now has the frame for the NFL and what's left is for him to use it the way he should.