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Arizona Cardinals take Mallard Creek’s D.J. Humphries at No. 24

Florida offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, a Mallard Creek High graduate, poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the 24th pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Florida offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, a Mallard Creek High graduate, poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the 24th pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. AP

The Arizona Cardinals selected Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, a Mallard Creek High product, with the 24th pick in the NFL draft.

Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 307.

What he offers: Although he never played at more than 285 pounds at Florida, he added weight without losing much mobility. Has the ability to play left tackle.

Worth mentioning: Played at Charlotte’s Mallard Creek High, where he was the top tackle prospect in the country as a senior. ... Humphries marked the fourth straight SEC player taken. ... He was a popular mock selection for the Carolina Panthers, who picked one slot later.

Bet you didn’t know: The Cardinals’ two starting offensive tackles, Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie, played well a year ago, and Humphries likely will compete with Massie for the starting right tackle job this season. Massie is due to be an unrestricted free agent, and if he plays well again, he could be due for a big payday in 2016. Humphries is insurance.

What they’re saying: Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said Humphries and Washington’s Shaq Thompson, the player Carolina took, were the players under discussion when the Cardinals selected Humphries.

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