2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Lil Jordan Humphrey
School: University of Texas
Weight: 222 pounds
Round Projection: 3-4
With Humphrey, his best catch quality is the concentration. Humphrey appears to relish the contested catch. Regardless of defender proximity, Humphrey focuses, in a union of timing, vision, and effort. In addition, due to his long-limbs gives quarterbacks a wide catch radius. In addition, Texas quarterbacks occasionally struggled with wild, errant throws.
For his size, Humphrey does possess functional burst. While he will not outclass a secondary with speed, his explosion will allow him to gain chunk yardage after catches. In the open field, Humphrey can win. The question is how the appropriate scheme will allow him to work underneath.
From the snap, Humphrey can defeat the jam. Yet, he must use an economy moves. It should not take excessively long to get off the line. Meanwhile, his route running evolves and feels like choppy and segmented. Now, Humphrey shows an ease and confidence of motion. As the reps in the NFL arrive, look for Humphrey to improve even more.
In Tom Herman’s system, Humphrey operated from both the slot and outside. As a result, the screen, slant, post, and out favored his skill set. One important as to know with Humphrey is the commitment to selling these routes as the same. Meaning, he will not change his stride or pre-snap approach.
A former running back, Humphrey looks rather at home in front of tacklers. Using elongated cute and spins, he weaves his ways through defenses. With the ball in flight, Humphrey displays the skill of leaping above corner to highpoint the ball. Moreover, he is not a stranger to jumping over defenders downfield.
Unlike some bigger wideouts, Humphrey recognizes his advantages and will muscle them. For instance, Humphrey will drag an opponent for a few yards, or he will sway their tackle attempt away. That shows positive aggression.
With Seth Roberts potentially winding down his tenure, the Raiders need a slot receiver. If you look at Humphrey inside, he matches up well versus third corners. Plus, unlike Roberts, Humphrey will not rest heavily on the cap. Additionally, his size is commensurate to what Jon Gruden prefers. Also, watch him in space, as he will cut back across the field. The Raiders need explosive wideouts that can operate in the current scheme.