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Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, UCF LB Shaquem Griffin said the only formal interview he completed at the NFL Combine was with the Seahawks.
Griffin was very pleased with the interview, and the Seahawks likely know him better than other teams at this point since twin brother Shaquill Griffin is on the roster. Shaquem did say he had a number of other informal meetings, and we wonder if his number of “formal” rendezvous was cut short since he participated in the Senior Bowl, meaning many teams likely feel comfortable with him on a personal level.
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Walter Football writes that UCF LB Shaquem Griffin met with the Seahawks, Giants and Jets at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Not only was Griffin (6’0/227) one of the inspirational stars of the combine, he put up ridiculous numbers; including his 4.38 second 40 yard dash. We find the Seahawks meeting with Griffin to be the most interesting, as his twin brother Shaquill is one of of the starting cornerbacks for Seattle. He has a real chance to go early on Day 3, with an outside chance of going on Day 2.
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NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport spoke with one NFL coach who believes UCF LB Shaquem Griffin is now a fourth-round pick.

We love to hear this, and the fourth-round might be a safe projection. The conversation has shifted a bit from Griffin being a core special teams player to now potential off-ball linebacker. We have always thought he was the latter thanks to his closing speed and relentless motor.
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NFL Network’s Kim Jones reports that “everyone” she spoke with at the NFL Combine agrees that UCF LB Shaquem Griffin will get drafted.
Here, here. Griffin (6’0/227) has arguably been the singular star of this NFL Combine process; at one point he was trending worldwide on Twitter. Griffin ran an official 4.38 forty on Sunday and also posted 20 reps on the bench Sunday using prosthetic strapped to his arm. He’s now a near-lock to be drafted.
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UCF LB Shaquem Griffin ran an unofficial 4.38 forty at the NFL Combine

Griffin (6’0/227) also posted 20 reps on the bench yesterday using a prosthetic strapped to his arm. His story continues to be one of the most amazing in combine history and with interviews reportedly going well, Griffin will likely be a late Day two or early Day 3 selection.
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UCF LB Shaqueem Griffin posted 20 reps on the bench using a prosthetic strapped to his left arm.

Griffin (6’0/227) lost his left hand due to a prenatal condition called Amniotic Band Syndrome. His bench showing was not only inspirational — it was impressive. The 20 reps tied for 16th among participating linebackers. For context, it was also three more than Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews, one more than 320-pound Western Michigan T Chukwuma Okorafor and six more than 345-pound Oklahoma T Orlando Brown. Griffin currently projects as a Day 3 pick. Per NFL draft analyst Chad Reuter, his game is a good fit for New Orleans, Jacksonville, Seattle and Oakland.
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UCF LB Shaqueem Griffin won the inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award.

Griffin takes home the award over fellow finalists Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph. The award goes to the player who shows “exemplary leadership” on and off the field at the FBS level. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound linebacker was among the best defenders in the AAC last year and helped UFC go undefeated despite having his left hand amputated at an early age due to amniotic band syndrome. He will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine next week, and is currently viewed as an early Day 3 selection in the 2018 NFL Draft by most analysts.
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UCF LB Shaquem Griffin received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Griffin’s previous lack of a combine invitation was an oft-reported story during the Senior Bowl practice week. That invitation now in his possession, the 6-foot-1, 233-pounder will have his chance to make a case for a potential Day 3 selection in testing and interviews at one of the lynchpin events in the evaluating process come the end of February. NFL Draft Scout’s Dane Brugler wrote of Griffin’s work in Mobile that he “surpassed expectations” with his ability to rush off the edge and — when called upon — to work in coverage. While undersized, he was phenomenally productive at UCF, posting 33.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks over the last two seasons for the Knights.
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NFL Draft Scout’s Dane Brugler ranked UCF LB Shaqueem Griffin seventh in his list of the top 15 Senior Bowl performers during practices.

We’re supposed to be unbiased in our evaluations, but it’s hard not to love that Griffin story. “Just like he has done his entire life, Griffin again surpassed expectations during Senior Bowl practices,” Brugler writes. “During team and individual drills, he rushed off the edge, dropped in space and did a little bit of everything — and did it all well.” Griffin also told reporter Alex Flanagan during the Senior Bowl that he’ll find out early next week whether or not he’ll receive an invite to the Scouting Combine.
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In asking four evaluators about the draft prospects of UCF LB Shaquem Griffin, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller passes along that the view is that he will not go undrafted.

All four evaluators gave Miller the same answer — that Griffin will likely see some love near the end of the draft. The 6-foot-1, 233-pounder has been showcasing his wares at the Senior Bowl this week and has put in work as a safety, linebacker and edge rusher down in Mobile. He has yet to receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.
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Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien, the coach of the Senior Bowl South squad, has auditioned UCF LB Shaquem Griffin at safety, linebacker and edge rusher.

“We’re trying to move him around. I think that’s what the NFL wants to see, so we’re trying to do things so everybody can get a look at him at safety, at linebacker, and maybe even as a DPR (designated pass rusher) and on special teams,” O’Brien said. “We moved him around a lot (Wednesday).” Griffin (6’1/223), a former American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, is trying to become the first one-handed player in the modern era to get drafted. In terms of hearing his name called in the spring, he’s close to a lock. This week, Griffin has interviewed with the Oakland Raiders, New York Giants and New York Jets, among other teams.
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UCF LB Shaquem Griffin dispelled concerns about missing a hand.

Griffin’s left hand was amputated as a four-year-old due to a pre-natal condition known as Amniotic Band Syndrome. “As long as I’m going fast and making plays, they’re going to forget how many hands I have,” he said. Griffin (6’1/223) was utterly dominant in college, winning an American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year award. Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage believes Griffin will be no worse than a special teams star. Shaqueem’s brother Shaquill Griffin was a third-round pick of the Seahawks last year who became a starter.
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UCF senior LB Shaquem Griffin has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

This is one of the best stories in college football. Not only is Griffin the twin of Seattle Seahawk cornerback Shaquill Griffin, he’s also been among the most dominant linebackers in the AAC. And, perhaps most amazingly of all, he’s done it while playing with just one, as the other was amputated as a four-year-old from a congenital disorder. Griffin (6’1/223) is going to be heavily scrutinized for obvious reasons, but his ability to make plays sideline-to-sideline make him at the very least an intriguing prospect at the next level.
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UCF senior LB Shaquem Griffin was named one of Week 8’s risers by Draft Analyst Tony Pauline for his play against Navy on Saturday.

If Griffin’s name sounds familiar, it could be because he’s the brother of current Seattle Seahawk cornerback and former Central Florida player Shaquill Griffin. Pauline notes that Griffin is slightly undersized at 6-foot, 215 pounds,but Pauline says he plays “big football, flying around the field sideline to sideline to make tackles. He’ll be a good fit as a hybrid linebacker in a one-gap system and should be a demon on coverage units.”
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Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline pegs UCF senior LB Shaquem Griffin as a “small but fierce linebacker with a good head for the ball.”

“He’s an instinctive defender who sniffs out the action and quickly arrives on the scene to make the tackle,” Pauline wrote. “Griffin plays fast and sacrifices his body to stop opponents. The problem is his body’s not that big and Griffin has scheme limitations.” Griffin, the AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, is indeed undersized at 6-foot-1, 213 pounds. He’s overcome having one of his hands amputated when he was four years old as a result of a rare congenital disorder to become a collegiate star. Griffin led the AAC in sacks with 11 during the 2016 regular season.

 

OVERVIEW

Shaquem Griffin is not just a great story, he’s an excellent football player. He lost his left hand due to a rate prenatal condition, but that did not prevent him from being named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in his first year as a starting outside linebacker in 2016. He led the Knights with 57 solo tackles (had 92 total), 20 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks by chasing down plays with speed and wrapping his arms, while also intercepting a pass and breaking up seven others on the year. Griffin was again a first-team all-conference choice in 2017 (74 tackles, 13.5 for loss, team-high seven sacks, one interception, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles). He has played football with his “older” brother, Shaquill, since they were young. Shaquill came out of the womb one minute before Shaquem, and also left UCF a year earlier (drafted in the third round by Seattle in 2017) than his brother because he did not redshirt. Shaquem played in one game as a sophomore (against Penn State in Ireland), and then played 12 games on special teams and safety, making nine tackles on the year. Griffin was a second-team All-State pick in Florida as a senior, excelled in 7-on-7 teams growing up, and also could have gone to several schools on a track scholarship.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Possesses good athletic ability. Smart player who processes the game plan and executes. Attacks face-up blockers with maximum arm extension to keep his frame clean. Carries some upper body power at the punch. Asks for no quarter and gives none. Looks to punish as hitter. Impressive total of 13 passes defensed on 42 targets. Instinctive with the talent to play 3-4 inside backer and 4-3 outside backer spots. Has intriguing burst when edge rushing. Accelerates quickly off the snap and can outrace some tackles to the edge. Posted 18.5 sacks over two years as an outside rusher and blitzer. Plays fast uses good technique.

WEAKNESSES

Linear and high-cut. Needs to play with more consistent knee bend. Could use more mass and lower body strength. Contact balance is below average when challenged by power. Disengaging from blocks is a challenge. Unable to make quick exits when play-side shoulder covered by a blocker. Felled by cut blocks. Little margin for error as tackle finisher. Target point as tackler can be a little high. Allowed four broken tackles this year.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Round 5-6

SOURCES TELL US

“The old staff signed him just to make sure they got his brother. The new staff realized the guy was a player and plugged him in and he wins Defensive Player of the Year in his conference. He doesn’t have a left hand. That’s going to limit him with some things and that’s going to hurt his draft value, but he’s fast and athletic and makes a ton of plays.” — NFC team scouting director

BOTTOM LINE

Griffin’s physical limitation should be discussed as it pertains to areas like tackle disengagement and consistency of finishing, but his instincts, play speed and technique have all been major factors in helping him thrive at his position. His upfield burst as an edge blitzer and his range as a tackler are two strengths that NFL teams could capitalize on. Griffin could hear his name on day three of the draft, but if not, his competitive spirit and playmaking talent give him a shot to make a roster at some point in his career.

-Lance Zierlein

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