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Written by Nick de la Torre, December 17, 2014, 2 Comments,
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UPDATE: Despite reports from The Sun on Wednesday night, D.J. Humphries has not made a final decision about leaving school early for the NFL.

“I have NOT made my decision on leaving for the NFL … Careful what you read . . . Thanks a lot Gainesville Sun!!”



 

 

The Florida Gators will lose a fourth junior early to the NFL Draft.

The Gainesville Sun reported late on Wednesday night that junior left tackle D.J. Humphries will join Dante Fowler Jr., Tyler Moore and running back Matt Jones will in foregoing their senior seasons and declare for the draft following Florida’s final game in the Birmingham Bowl.

Humphries appeared in all 12 games as a freshman in 2012 — including three starts (South Carolina, Missouri, Louisiana). He showed great promise as a freshman, regularly playing in Florida’s heavy run package. Humphries played in seven games as a sophomore (six starts) before a knee injury ended his season early.

Heading into his junior season, Humphries was once again named the starting left tackle. Humphries started against Eastern Michigan to begin the season but an injury would force him to miss the next two games. He would return to the lineup against Tennessee and start the final eight games of the season.

Humphries’ departure gives the Gators just eight offensive linemen on the roster and Florida currently only has three prospects committed (Mike Horton, Tyler Jordan, Brandon Sandifer) in this recruiting cycle.

Freshman David Sharpe filled in for Humphries at left tackle at times and he will likely be the frontrunner to replace Humphries full-time next season. Redshirt freshman Rod Johnson is also a candidate to play left tackle for the Gators next season. Johnson played right tackle and showed a lot of promise for the Gators in his first year of action.

Humphries draft stock will be questioned early on. His injury history will be a red flag to NFL teams and he’ll need to have a good showing in his interviews with prospective teams. One thing Humphries has going for him is that the NFL is a quarterback driven league and teams are always looking for agile pass-blockers to protect the quarterbacks that they invest in.

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About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. snowprintDecember 18, 2014, 6:00 am

    It seems like players are completely oblivious to reality. Last year saw a record number of players leave early and many of them, like Purifoy and Roberson, were’nt even drafted. The NFL tried to counter this foolishness with only telling a player if he would possibly be a high draft choice, first or second round, and if not, he should stay in school. Players are not even waiting for an evaluation, their egos are so huge that reality rarely darkens their door. Of the four who have already said they are leaving early from UF, only one is even assured of being drafted, Fowler. There’s a couple of more, Bullard and Morrison, who I fear will join them. I can understand that there will be a lot of turnover after a coaching change, but I hope this bad decision making will drop off in the future. You can actually make more money and have a longer career by staying in school. The higher you are drafted correlates directly with your chance to have more than a cup of coffee in the NFL. At least three key players, Erving, O’Leary, and Greene, at FSU could have left early last year, but their staying has improved their draft status, which, in turn, increases the amount of money and length of an NFL career. But I’m being naive to think it will change. Many of the players are athlete students, not the other way around, they see college as just an impediment to their real goal, playing in the league. That’s why you see so many of them now say they’ll be staying at a school for three years when they announce their choice because they could care less about getting a degree, they are only interested in the NFL and that’s how long they have to stay in school before doing that.

    • DeBigLeezardDecember 18, 2014, 8:58 am

      Snowprint…
      Once again… spot on comments. I agree, I don’t think Humphries should head out early.
      He has NOT been dominate as a left tackle.
      But what you say makes a lot of sense.
      These type of factual postings add creedance and validity to you on this board.

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UPDATE: Despite reports from The Sun on Wednesday night, D.J. Humphries has not made a final decision about leaving school early for the NFL.

“I have NOT made my decision on leaving for the NFL … Careful what you read . . . Thanks a lot Gainesville Sun!!”



 

 

The Florida Gators will lose a fourth junior early to the NFL Draft.

The Gainesville Sun reported late on Wednesday night that junior left tackle D.J. Humphries will join Dante Fowler Jr., Tyler Moore and running back Matt Jones will in foregoing their senior seasons and declare for the draft following Florida’s final game in the Birmingham Bowl.

Humphries appeared in all 12 games as a freshman in 2012 — including three starts (South Carolina, Missouri, Louisiana). He showed great promise as a freshman, regularly playing in Florida’s heavy run package. Humphries played in seven games as a sophomore (six starts) before a knee injury ended his season early.

Heading into his junior season, Humphries was once again named the starting left tackle. Humphries started against Eastern Michigan to begin the season but an injury would force him to miss the next two games. He would return to the lineup against Tennessee and start the final eight games of the season.

Humphries’ departure gives the Gators just eight offensive linemen on the roster and Florida currently only has three prospects committed (Mike Horton, Tyler Jordan, Brandon Sandifer) in this recruiting cycle.

Freshman David Sharpe filled in for Humphries at left tackle at times and he will likely be the frontrunner to replace Humphries full-time next season. Redshirt freshman Rod Johnson is also a candidate to play left tackle for the Gators next season. Johnson played right tackle and showed a lot of promise for the Gators in his first year of action.

Humphries draft stock will be questioned early on. His injury history will be a red flag to NFL teams and he’ll need to have a good showing in his interviews with prospective teams. One thing Humphries has going for him is that the NFL is a quarterback driven league and teams are always looking for agile pass-blockers to protect the quarterbacks that they invest in.

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