The Center Creed Humphrey was drafted as a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by Kansas City to revamp the Chief's offense, and to everyone's surprise, he finished the 2021 NFL season as flawlessly as possibly asked for as a rookie. Although an honorable mention was all Humphrey got in ESPN's recent poll of NFL executives as he was snubbed from the top-10 list of interior offensive linemen, that didn't sum up his overall performance in his rookie season.
How does Humphrey affect Patrick Mahome's performance?
Super Bowl LV saw the Chiefs' battered offensive line entirely unglued in the 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Patrick Mahomes barely able to take a snap without being completely engulfed amid a ferocious pass rush. As a result, the Chiefs saw a need to draft a Center in the following season whose role, besides snapping the ball to the quarterback, is to counter the opponent's defensive line's nose tackle and protect the quarterback from being sacked. Humphrey has done well in this role to the extent that Pro Football Focus agrees, giving Humphrey the best grade of any rookie in the NFL this season and rating as the top overall veteran center, playing every single offensive snap for the Chiefs. Mahomes is an unstoppable quarterback when he has time and space to operate, and that's what Humphrey's addition to the team gives him. In Mahomes words, "He just feels more comfortable," I mean, he's played well the entire season, but I think he's seen more and more defenses, he's seen more and more pressures and blitzes, and he understands what we're trying to do as an offense.