1. D.J. Humphries, LT, Cardinals
When Cleveland Browns fans crank up the consternation over Austin Corbett, fans of the Arizona Cardinals are all to familiar with waiting for a player to finally mature.
The Cardinals went through it with first-round pick D.J. Humphrey, who was taken 24th overall during the 2015 draft and was inactive for every game as a rookie.
Humphries eventually found his way onto the field, but the Cardinals are weighing the pros and cons of paying the left tackle. Arizona picked up his fifth year option and is paying $9 million this season.
Come March, Humphries will be a free agent, and his market still carries uncertainty, as he’s yet to make it through a full season. He missed the final three games of the 2018 campaign with a concussion.
So, why should the Browns be interested?
Are you really interested in giving up two first-round picks for a left tackle? I’m not sure the Browns are, which is why general manager is probably looking for a clue deal.
Arizona is going nowhere and may value the draft the pick the Browns send over in return. That selection won’t have to match the king’s ransom the Texans gave up for Laremy Tunsil.
Humphries has been inconsistent through his career, but he’s really good as a pass blocker in 2019, grading out with a mark of 74.3. That ranks 21st in the NFL. Out of all the tackles in the NFL who’ve played enough to warrant an overall grade.
If the Browns do pull off this trade, they’ve got to consider re-signing the tackle. If they can get him for $12 million per season, it may be worth it.
Will Arizona want to leave their your quarterback, Kyler Murray, exposed though by trading their starting left tackle? If I’m John Dorsey, it’s certainly worth finding out about.