3 studs the Cowboys should’ve taken over Kelvin Joseph in 2021 draft
By Jerry Trotta
2. Creed Humphrey, C
Granted, the Cowboys had Tyler Biadasz going into the 2021 draft, but he started just four games as a rookie and wasn’t established. Even three years in, there’s a debate to be had about whether Biadasz should receive an extension.
Regardless, Biadasz’s presence shouldn’t have dissuaded Dallas from pouncing on Humphrey, who was taken by the Chiefs with the second-to-last pick of the second round (No. 63 overall), 19 picks after the Cowboys took Joseph.
After just two years, Humphrey is regarded as one of the best centers in the league. He allowed 10 pressures in 17 games as a rookie, to go with a 92.5 run-blocking grade. If you thought that was impressive, get a load of his Year 2 numbers.
Per PFF, Humphrey placed in the 93rd percentile in pass-blocking grade, and 98th in positively-graded run plays. He was the NFL’s highest-graded center, and allowed 18 pressures, two QB hits, and an impossible zero sacks.
Again, Biadasz has been serviceable at center, but there’s no sugarcoating the fact Dallas whiffed on adding another All-Pro to their offensive line. Odds are the running game doesn’t hit the wall it did in 2022 with Humphrey under center.