The first defensive player of our draft evaluations is starting CB for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Marlon Humphrey. Humphrey was a track star in high school and was supposed to even run track at Alabama but after gaining the starting CB job his freshman season, he stuck with football for the future. Humphrey was part of the 2016 National Championship team at Alabama and was also a 2x USA Today High School All-American in high school. As a part of undoubtedly the best defense in College Football, Humphrey finished his two years at Alabama with 61 tackles, 5 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 13 passes defended.
Humphrey is listed at 6’0″ 197 pounds and ran a 4.41 at the combine. These are impressive measurables for just a 20-year-old redshirt sophomore. The ball-hawking CB has been sliding up and down all over the first round of most mock drafts because he has tremendous athletic abilities but he is very young and raw. The Eagles have been linked to Humphrey at 14 because of their desperate need at CB and Humphrey’s ability to fit right into Jim Schwartz’s Man Coverage scheme.
Pros: Humphrey loves to come up and stick people behind the line of scrimmage or for a short gain. Humphrey loves to get his helmet in the play and never takes plays off. Humphrey also displays a tremendous awareness and always seems to be around the football especially when the opposing team runs the ball. Humphrey is very physical at the line of scrimmage and loves to lock up against opposing teams’ number 1 receiver.
Cons: Humphrey has a habit on tape of not getting his head around quick enough and being beaten on fade routes or jump balls for this reason. Humphrey also has a tendency to lose track of his man if a play breaks down or a QB scrambles outside of the pocket. Many people also believe that the young corner is just a product of a great front 7 at Alabama and that helped protect him from being beaten deep. Humphrey also gave up very high completion rates to opposing WR’s.
Humphrey is a prototypical man corner with all the natural abilities to plug right into an attacking defense like the one in Philly. Humphrey still received tons of experience by playing in the SEC against the best of the best and was a part of some huge games for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Humphrey for now would start alongside Jalen Mills barring that the Eagles decide to spend another pick on a CB (which if they are smart they will).
Humphrey is extremely young and needs to work on defending the deep ball to be a shutdown NFL CB, but with correct coaching and a solid defensive front 7 like the Eagles have, Humphrey could be a perfect fit in Philadelphia.