NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. projects the Carolina Panthers will draft Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries with the 25th pick in the NFL draft on April 30. Humphries, 6-5, 307 pounds, is a Charlotte native who played at Mallard Creek High.
Kiper writes for ESPN Insider: "Humphries is a guy who rose on my board after I saw him play well against some of the top pass-rushers in the SEC. He lacks polish, but he plays mean, keeps a wide base that makes him tough to get around, and the physical traits are there for him to potentially stick at left tackle."
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com's senior NFL columnist, and Dane Brugler, of NFLDraftScout, agree that Humphries will go to the Panthers. Prisco writes: "This is a kid who has a chance to be a special player if he pulls it all together. Cam Newton would love that.
Brugler writes: "(Humphries) is still very unpolished, but his feet and lower body are first-round quality.”
ESPN's Todd McShay has the Panthers taking T.J. Clemmings, a 6-4, 309 pound offensive tackle from Pittsburgh. "(Clemmings) is still raw and has only played tackle for two seasons now, so he can be something of a liability in pass protection at times. But he has the raw tools to succeed in the NFL, including excellent length and power."