The Chiefs have a number of valuable rookies, including those who were not officially drafted in 2021, but the cream of the crop has undoubtedly been Creed Humphrey as the team’s second round pick.
Humphrey came into the NFL as pro-ready as a player can be after multiple years of starting experience at the University of Oklahoma. Even in his earliest moments on campus, Humphrey was learning to block for elite-level talent in the pocket behind him with Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts, and Spencer Rattler as the starting quarterbacks in Norman.
The Chiefs went through two seasons with Austin Reiter up front as the starting center in their Super Bowl runs, but the offensive interior was sorely missing the level of play that the Chiefs lost when Mitch Morse took his talents to Buffalo in free agency. Given their interest in Rodney Hudson earlier this offseason for a potential reunion, it made sense that the Chiefs would make an investment and Humphrey has given them everything they could have hoped for.
Beyond a single snap that went awry in the team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2, Humphrey has been as dependable as hoped up front with an ideal blend of athleticism, intelligence, size, and technique. The team’s interior is getting a better push than ever in the run game, and his chemistry with Mahomes and his line mates is growing every week.
Humphrey is a long-term starter who is likely going to see a Pro Bowl or two before it’s all said and done and we’re watching him blossom in real time.