Kansas City Chiefs: What Creed Humphrey can provide in 2021

Oklahoma Sooners center Creed Humphrey (56) -Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Oklahoma Sooners center Creed Humphrey (56) -Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs got a steal with pick No. 63, snatching up Creed Humphrey out of Oklahoma to be the starting center of the future.

I understand that people will complain no matter who the Kansas City Chiefs take because there’s no possible way to please everyone but it’s hard to see many faults with the selection of Creed Humphrey. This is a guy who was the best offensive lineman on the entire Oklahoma o-line, which knowing how good Oklahoma’s o-line is every year, that’s a huge compliment.

Maybe people were annoyed by this pick because center wasn’t a huge need but Austin Blythe is only signed for a year. What’s the plan after that? Humphrey gives the Chiefs a long-term option at center and when Patrick Mahomes is the quarterback of your team, you do what you can to ensure that he’s protected.

What are the Kansas City Chiefs getting with Creed Humphrey?

Humphrey is nasty and he’s going to bring that nastiness to the Chiefs offensive line. He was a three-year starter at Oklahoma and a two-year captain for the Sooners. The fact that he was still available at the end of round two baffles me.

From The Draft Network,

"Hardly ever asked to exit outside of his parameters in the A-gaps, he’s quick to mark his territory and isn’t one to waste time jostling back and forth with interior defenders. In the right scheme, he has the chance to go on to eventually become a long-term starter in a power-centric offense that keeps his demands in short areas."

The Chiefs are setting themselves up to have a really good offensive line moving forward with Orlando Brown at left tackle, Joe Thuney at left guard, Creed Humphrey at center, and Lucas Niang at right tackle. Right guard is a battle between Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Kyle Long for 2021 but after that, who knows what the plan is? Maybe Nick Allegretti will get a shot there.

Humphrey can be the Chiefs’ starting center from day one but if he’s not deemed ready, Austin Blythe can get the go-ahead until Humphrey is. The Chiefs found the anchor for their offensive line and they were able to do so late in the second round, which is fantastic value.

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People might not have understood drafting a center when KC had options on their depth chart, but Humphrey gives them a more long-term answer. It’s hard to understand why anyone would truly be upset about that.