Shaquem Griffin

Central Florida
OLB

Prospect Info

College
Central Florida
Hometown
Class
St. Petersburg, FL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
227 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.43
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Seattle
Seahawks
Round 5 ‧ Pick 4
40 Yard Dash
4.38
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
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INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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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.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
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.
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
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

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GRADE
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