Round 3, Pick 75: Creed Humphrey, C – Oklahoma
The Dallas Cowboys have had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL over the past decade. However, that changed last season when, after the unexpected retirement of All-Pro center Travis Frederick and several significant injuries, the unit cracked.
The unit allowed a total of 43 sacks last year and struggled to create holes in the running game. Much of that struggle was due to the fact that the team suffered injuries to several of its top lineman, including left tackle Tyron Smith. The aging veteran has begun to increasingly miss time due to a myriad of injuries and the team could definitely use this pick to try and find his replacement.
However, the Cowboys go with the best player available and address a potential need as well with this pick and they select one of the top-rated centers in this draft class, Creed Humphrey.
Currently, the teams’ starting center is Tyler Biadasz. The 23-year old started four games for Dallas last season before succumbing to a season-ending hamstring injury. The Wisconsin product played admirably given the circumstances but is far from a “sure-thing” moving forward.
Last year demonstrated the importance of having depth for fans of America’s Team and adding a little bit of competition for the starting center position might also have the added benefit of bringing out the best in these two young linemen. However, it should be noted that coming out of college, Humphrey is a better prospect than Biadasz was last year.
The six-foot-five, 307-pound center started 37 games for Oklahoma and finished his collegiate career with an impressive 36 straight starts, demonstrating his durability. It should also be noted that he did not allow a single sack during his final two years with the Sooners.
After two rounds of targeting some of their biggest needs, the Dallas Cowboys have a little bit of flexibility to draft the best player available with their third pick. Humphrey could become an instant starter for Dallas and would, at worst, help shore up the depth of the offensive line, something that fans of America’s Team know is sorely needed after last season.