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Written by Nick de la Torre, January 4, 2015, 3 Comments,
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The Florida Gators will lose a fourth junior early to the NFL Draft.

Sunday night D.J. Humphries took to social media to announce his intentions to leave school early and make a run at playing football professionally in the NFL.

The Gainesville Sun reported a month ago that Humphries will join Dante Fowler Jr., Tyler Moore and running back Matt Jones 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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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. malscottJanuary 5, 2015, 2:04 pm

    I often wonder who is advising these kids? I’m not sure if he has underachieved or was not developed or simply really wasn’t that good. His decision- hope he makes a few piasters and does well. I hate to see kids leave and then be a NFL bust, then what do they have, no degree and left out without a scholly. Fowler? Different story, that kids a beast. Humphries…I guess we’ll see. Go Gators.

  2. dpgatorJanuary 5, 2015, 10:46 am

    I don’t know that we will get any 5 stars…don’t really care to much about the stars. Its about fit, character and development more than just star power.

  3. wpelfrey5January 5, 2015, 3:51 pm

    Humphries was not a bust…Driskel yes…not hump

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

Sunday night D.J. Humphries took to social media to announce his intentions to leave school early and make a run at playing football professionally in the NFL.

The Gainesville Sun reported a month ago that Humphries will join Dante Fowler Jr., Tyler Moore and running back Matt Jones 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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