The Cincinnati Bengals are one of five teams who have scheduled a visit with Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, according to ESPN reports. The other teams include the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Diego Chargers.
Humphries benefited from an impressive workout at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, watching his stock improve across most mock drafts. For example, Mel Kiper Jr. didn't have Humphries going in the first round during his first two mock drafts, but now, has him going to Carolina at No. 25.
Last year at this point in the draft the Panthers addressed a major need when they added Kelvin Benjamin. That was a play-right-away situation, and even while you want to avoid that at tackle, this could be another one for a rookie because Carolina was dreadful here last year and free agency might not do the trick. 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.
An elite-level tackle when he exited the high school ranks, Humphries relies on his superior athleticism and fist-fight mentality rather than an improved skill set and steady technique. He might always have an issue with being a leaner, but his hand placement should improve with more work and coaching. When he improves in that area, he could become a solid NFL starter on the left side.