With the No. 63 overall pick Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs continued to overhaul their offensive line with the selection of Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey.
After a career of snapping to historic quarterbacks for the Sooners, he now prepares to snap for one of the best in the NFL in Patrick Mahomes II, who showed his approval of the pick by tweeting out three smiling face emojis.
“I knew what kind of organization I could get into if I came here, so as soon as I got that call, I was so excited,” Humphrey told reporters in a Zoom call late Friday night. “I got the call from the best organization in the country, so I was just so excited and so relieved. Now I’m just so ready to get to work.”
The 6-foot-4, 302-pound center is the latest addition to a remade group that added left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., guards Joe Thuney and Kyle Long, and center Austin Blythe in free agency. While he’s played exclusively at center, Chiefs coach Andy Reid touted his versatility with the ability to play any of the three interior line positions.
“Big kid that is extremely smart,” Reid said. “The thing you’ll notice with him is he can snap with either hand... he’s best probably with his left hand, that’s his natural hand — but he’s taught himself to also do it with his right hand.
“Great feet and work ethic, and then just a big man; Creed should be a nice addition to that offensive line.”
Humphrey redshirted in 2017 before starting at center in 12 of 14 games in 2018, earning freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.
In 2019, Humphrey was a Rimington Trophy finalist, a second-team All-American and Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year as a 14-game starter.
In 2020, the team captain was named a third-team All-American and Big 12 offensive lineman of the year while being first-team All-Big 12.
Back during his redshirt year, Humphrey spent time on the team with Brown, who was the left tackle for the Sooners at the time.
“The mentality that he has every day that he carries with himself, he’s going to go in there and do the work that is necessary to get him to the level he wants to be at,” Humphrey described. “When I got to OU, that’s something I admired right away from him when I met him. See him go in, work as hard as he can every day, work hard in the weight room, during training, during position drills or when we were doing stuff on our own. He’s such a mean player on the field too, that’s something I’ve always admired about it and I’ve always tried to copy my game after.”
And Brown’s feelings were reciprocated enough to give the Chiefs a vote of confidence to his newest teammate.
“Orlando told us to go get Creed,” Reid said. “He said there’s a good one at Oklahoma you need to take a peek at. We had already had our eye on him, but it was neat for Orlando to put it out there for us that way.”