In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected future Pro Bowl running back David Johnson of Northern Iowa in the third round. He would end up being one of the biggest draft steals in franchise history.
In the first two rounds, the Cardinals selected Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries at No. 24 and Missouri outside linebacker Markus Golden — who is now a New York Giant — at No. 58.
Humphries has only played in 33 games since being drafted, as injuries have interrupted his career from getting much traction. He is healthy this season however, and has started at left tackle in all of the Cardinals’ first six games playing 100% of the offensive snaps.
During his time with the Cardinals, Golden and Humphries became not only close friends but adversaries in practice as their roles dictated they face one another every day.
“Yeah, that’s my boy. That’s my guy,” Golden told reporters about Humphries this week. He gave some background into their history together.
“He plays left tackle, me and him went at it,’ said Golden. “He went first round and I went second, so we’ve been going at it since day one. It’s going to be exciting to get out there and go against him.”
Golden was asked if he has spoken to Humphries recently.
“Not really. We talk a little bit every once in a while, but not this week. We’ll talk a little bit before the game, and then after that we’ll be ready for battle,” he said.
Golden is known for his high energy on the field, which comes with a verbal component. He was asked if he’ll engage Humphries during the game.
“Yeah, of course. You’ve got to, because I know he’s going to talk some stuff to me. I’ll have a little something to say to him, but not too much. We’re going to get out there and compete and have a little fun,” he said.
And who will end up getting the better of the play?
“We’ll see,” Golden said with a few laughs. “I guess we’ll see. I’m ready. I’m not going to talk about who has the advantage. He’s a solid player, he looks great on film. I’m just excited to go out there and go against him.”