Photo of Shaquill Griffin
Grade
5.41 ?
  • 4.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.62 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 194LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

Shaquill and his twin brother, Shaquem, are one of the best stories in college football. Both signed with UCF despite Shaquem having only one hand, and they've excelled for the Knights ever since. He played eight games as a true freshman, starting once (eight tackles, one pass break-up). Griffin played as a reserve in 2014, as well (17 tackles, one interception). He earned a starting role in his junior year, playing nine games at cornerback and two at safety (50 tackles, two interceptions -- one for TD, 13 PBU). Both brothers were among UCF's top defenders in 2016, with Shaquem winning the AAC's Defensive Player of the Year award and Shaquill being voted second-team all-conference (50 tackles, three TFL, team-high four INT and 15 PBU).

Analysis

Strengths

Has good size and strength. Has a disruptive punch and feet to impede in press coverage. Loose and athletic in his movement. Able to flip hips and match receivers without giving up much early separation in his transition. Allowed just 32.9 percent of throws his way to be completed. Possesses plus ball skills. Uses well-timed leaps and strong hands to challenge at the catch point. Is a rake it or take it cornerback with 34 passes defensed over the last two seasons, including six interceptions. Runs through targets looking to jar the catch loose. Aggressive in run support. Looks to play through receivers on the way to the ball. Can wrap up or chop down running backs.

Weaknesses

Long speed is very average and will allow some vertical separation against speedsters. Had difficulties staying with Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh in Week 3 of this season. His instincts and anticipation are just average. Can be slow with pattern recognition on combo routes. Has issues maintaining his coverage distance from man-off. Plays tall in space limiting his transition quickness when attempting to mirror receivers out of their route breaks. Has to be careful not to lunge when trying to reroute receivers after their release.

NFL Comparison

Ladarius Gunter

Bottom Line

Griffin plays the game with an aggressive tilt both in coverage and in his run support. Griffin has good ball skills with a closing burst to challenge throws, but his anticipation is just average and he may not be able to play off of receivers and still be as effective with his ball production. Because he lacks long speed but is an effective tackler, he could be targeted by a defense favoring Cover-2 coverage.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.