As the NFL draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries:
Position: Offensive tackle
High school: Mallard Creek, Charlotte, N.C.
ALL-USA history: Named to the American Family Insurance first team in 2011. Started for his high school team as a freshman and did not allow a sack in his final three seasons.
Height, weight: 6-5, 307 pounds
By the numbers: Bulked up from his college playing weight of 285 with a 5,000-calories-a-day diet and wowed people at the NFL Combine with his 10-inch hands and 5.12 40 and by doing 26 repetitions lifting 225 pounds.
Draft positives: Excellent athlete in space. Fast and sudden with a long, slender frame capable and looks comfortable with more bulk. Consistent motor and effort. Very active and always on the lookout for extra defenders to pick off.
Draft negatives: Lean body type that needs more bulk weight. Needs more functional strength to anchor a bull rush. Has an injury history that cost him seven games the last two years.
Projection: Round 2
What he says: “Everyone (at the Combine) expected me to be light and weak. I turned a lot of heads.”
Draft analysis by Dan Shonka, Ourlads.com