The odds of a rookie succeeding in the NFL are extremely low. Usually, the transition from college football to the NFL is a jump most players can’t handle immediately. However, that hasn’t been the case for Chiefs’ center Creed Humphrey.
Many might say Creed Humphrey has just been an average player this season. In reality, this would be a gross understatement. Creed Humphrey’s performance has been nothing short of spectacular. The former Oklahoma Sooner has been remarkable in pass protection and run blocking. He has only allowed one sack in nearly 800 offensive snaps. That, by itself, is very impressive, but Humphrey has been even better in the running game.
According to Pro Football Focus, Humphrey has a 92.7 run-blocking grade which leads all centers. Creed Humphrey has a 90.9 overall grade which is tremendous. This grade ranks him highest among active centers. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, he’s only a rookie.
As Chiefs fans, we have witnessed talented centers like Rodney Hudson and Mitch Morse play well for Kansas City, but Creed Humphrey is just different. In my opinion, he is the best center in football, and it’s not particularly close. CBSSports.com has him ranked as the No. 1 rookie from the entire draft class. This is high praise given the fact that superstars Micah Parsons and Ja’Marr Chase currently rank below him. Remember, Creed Humphrey was drafted at the end of the 2nd round. His performance this season has him outperforming 1st round picks.
Even though Creed Humphrey has been phenomenal, it’s unlikely he wins Offensive Rookie of the Year. Unfortunately, awards are often given to quarterbacks or other skilled positions. Whether it’s right or not, offensive linemen just aren’t respected like other players. However, that shouldn’t take away from Humphrey’s overall greatness.
Most people truly don’t understand how difficult it is to find a quality offensive lineman. Super Bowl LV is a perfect example of what happens when teams lack good interior offensive lineman. As we know, the result wasn’t pretty. Fortunately, the Chiefs spent all offseason overhauling the offensive line and Creed Humphrey has been a critical part of the change.
In conclusion, Humphrey has performed above and beyond expectations. It’s unbelievable that he broke out in the fashion in which he did. He has quickly become one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen. We’re lucky because the Chiefs are going to have one of the best centers in the game locked down on a rookie contract. I’m so excited to watch Creed Humphrey continue to get better and dominate the NFL.