Photo of Derek Griffin
Grade
4.9 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'7" Height
  • 225LBS. Weight

Overview

Griffin was an elite dual-sport athlete from Texas who signed with Miami to play football and basketball for the Hurricanes. Unfortunately, he could not gain academic eligibility for two years after high school, until finally being able to suit up at Texas Southern on the gridiron and hardwood. Griffin was successful on both, earning second-team All-SWAC honors in football (36-709, 11 TDs) and starring for the Tigers' hoops team in 2015-2016 (13.3 points, 11 rebounds, 2.3 blocks per game). However, two games (7-115, TDs) into his second season with TSU he was dismissed from the program for not meeting team requirements. Griffin was eligible to play basketball, but decided to focus on going to the NFL instead.

Analysis

Strengths

Highly-touted prospect coming out of high school in both football and basketball. Has rare size with basketball agility. SWAC Player of the Year in men's basketball in 2015. Overall length combined with leaping ability gives him an enormous advantage near goal line. Long strider with build-up speed and a second gear when the ball is in the air. Showed some ability to work underneath on slants and digs.

Weaknesses

Scouts say basketball is way ahead of football as his first love. Considered unreliable by coaching staff. Suspended multiple times and kicked off TSU football team for violations. Gangly frame lacks playing strength. Can be redirected and jostled inside his route. Limited speed into his routes. Has to prove he can defeat press coverage. Defaults to body catches. Effort level is below average as run blocker.

Draft Projection

PFA

Bottom Line

Scouts say he will need additional work and reps to process an NFL playbook and that his football character is well-below the NFL standard. While Griffin has exciting physical traits and potential as a project, he hasn't proven he can stay in one spot and excel at any point since high school. A team could take a late-round shot at him, but if not, he'll be a priority free agent who could find an early practice squad home while teams determine his love for the game.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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