Humphrey’s athleticism wows at Pro Day
NORMAN — Creed Humphrey dipped his 310-plus pound frame and exploded toward the sky.
The former OU center reached up and recorded a 33-inch vertical — an inch more than defensive end Ronnie Perkins and just a half-inch less than defensive back Tre Norwood, who carries more than 100 pounds less on his frame.
At Friday’s OU Pro Day, Humphrey showed off something he hadn’t during his three-year reign of success in the middle of the Sooners’ offensive line — his athleticism.
And it wasn’t just the vertical jump that impressed. Humphrey had a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 7.54-second three-cone drill and a 4.46-second time in the shuttle.
“It’s pretty unique,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. “Being in there, it’s been one of the more impressive individual Pro Day workouts that I’ve seen. He’s a great athlete. He really is. To see a center vertical jump 33 inches and run and move the way he has, it’s kind of hard to believe he’s a center, honestly, watching him.”
Perkins, who along with Humphrey figures to be one of the top two Sooners off the board in the NFL Draft beginning April 29, stood to the side watching Humphrey’s performance and marveled.
“If you look at Creed, he can do stuff like a skill guy,” Perkins said. “He’s a 300-pound center, but he’s probably more flexible than some of our skill guys.
“Watching him is like watching Frankenstein. He’s like a freak, really. It’s like a freak in my face every day for the last three years, like I’ve been watching a freak.”
Humphrey was a dominant pass-blocker for the Sooners, not allowing a sack in more than 1,100 snaps over his last two seasons. As a redshirt sophomore in 2019, he allowed just five pressures all season long.
“People don’t understand how explosive he is,” tackle Adrian Ealy said. “The numbers that he put up today, it’s really unbelievable, not just for an offensive lineman, but for his position.”
It’s more than just athleticism, Riley said, that gives Humphrey a chance to excel.
“His athleticism, the smarts, the size, the strength — he’s got a lot of what you’re looking for and he put that on display today.”
While Humphrey was exclusively a center for the Sooners, his athleticism gives him plenty of options at the next level.
“I want to be on the field wherever I can be,” Humphrey said. “I see myself as a versatile guy. I can play any of the three interior positions. For sure I’m comfortable with all of those. I think teams saw that in film and knew I could do that. Today was making sure about that and I think I did a good job with it.”
Humphrey prepared for Pro Day in the Dallas area, working with trainer Duke Manyweather, who specializes in working with offensive linemen.
Humphrey said he definitely noticed the results Friday.
“I could continue getting better at technique in football, I could expand my football knowledge and my football IQ and things like that,” Humphrey said. “I was really happy with the decision I made.”
But Humphrey also tried not to put too much stock in Pro Day, even with its added importance this year due to not having workouts as part of the NFL Combine.
“I definitely think it’s important for some people that don’t have a ton of tape out there,” Humphrey said. “I’m lucky. I got to play at an early age. I got to play in a lot of games here. I’m lucky with the tape I have. I don’t think there was much pressure for me as there could be for some other people.”