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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey

Position: Cornerback.

School: Alabama.

Measurables: 6-foot, 197 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds. Bench press: 10 reps. Broad jump: 10 feet, 5 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.75 seconds.

Career stats: 29 games, 81 tackles, 13 passes broken up, 5 interceptions.

Draft projection: First round.

Reasons:

1. He is as talented as any cornerback in the draft, but probably has a better chance of being available at the Bills' 10th overall pick. He has everything an NFL team could want in a No. 1 cornerback. Humphrey has soared since taking over as a starter as a redshirt freshman in 2015. The only thing that is expected to keep him from becoming the first cornerback selected is Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore, universally regarded as the draft's top player at the position. Both players left school with two years of eligibility left.

2. He has tremendous size, which allows him to match up with larger receivers. This is a quality he shares with Lattimore, although Humphrey has proven to be far more durable by not missing any of his 29 starts. His long arms serve him well when jamming and rerouting receivers at the line. Besides being big and strong, Humphrey also is extremely physical. Against the run, he doesn't hesitate to set the edge and is capable of forcing ball-carriers inside. He also readily takes on blockers on quick screens, using his long arms to keep separation and make plays.

3. He is a remarkable athlete. Scouts love the body control Humphrey shows, beginning with the ability to quickly get out of his backpedal and effortlessly turn and run with receivers. He's able to play man or zone equally well, has great explosiveness and closing speed, and terrific ball skills. Humphrey first put himself on the athletic map by winning the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles at the 2013 World Youth Track & Field Trials.

Fun fact: His father, Bobby Humphrey, was an All-America running back for the Crimson Tide and a 1989 first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos. His mother, Barbara (May) Humphrey, still holds the University of Alabama-Birmingham outdoor record in the 400 meters at 53.30 seconds.

They said it: "Talented height-weight-speed prospect who comes from NFL bloodlines. Might need time for his technique to catch up with his traits. Coverage inconsistencies could cause him to struggle against quality competition early on, but his mental makeup and recovery talent should help him pull through. Has the instincts and run-support skills to become an early starter for a zone-cover defense, but it will be hard for teams looking for a lock-down, man corner to pass on all of those physical gifts early in the draft." – NFL.com Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Temple quarterback Phillip (P.J.) Walker.

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