Shaquem Griffin won the NFL Combine after benching 225 pounds 20 times using a prosthetic. Just when you think his stock could not get higher, Griffin ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, which is the fastest recorded time for a linebacker since the NFL began recording times at the combine.
Heading into the combine, Griffin appeared to be a round four or five pick. After his performance in Indianapolis, there is a chance Griffin is a Day 2 pick getting drafted in the third round. After the Senior Bowl, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller had Griffin as a Day 3 pick, but Griffin’s combine performance has his stock continuing to soar.
Yahoo’s Charles Robinson reported one NFL evaluator had Griffin going in the third or fourth round.
“I asked one #NFL evaluator to ballpark it. He said late 3rd round or early 4th round for Shaquem Griffin, who will likely start out on special teams and in defensive sub packages. Keep in mind, it’s one guy’s opinion. And the process is ongoing,” Robinson tweeted.
Former Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus has a round three grade on Griffin.
“I’m honestly not sure what Shaquem Griffin does worse than Hasson Reddick, who was a first round pick. He was a more productive pass rusher, and is killing the combine,” Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson tweeted.
“Before the #NFLCombine Shaquem Griffin was projected a possible 5th-6th rounder, with a good chance of sliding to the 7th because teams would doubt him. He may go in the 3rd or 4th now just because teams won’t want him to slip past them. No way he sniffs the 7th round,” ESPN 580’s Chris Crawford tweeted.
What is clear is Griffin is killing the pre-draft process. He ended his college career with a statement game in UCF’s win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl. He was the most popular player in Mobile during Senior Bowl week, winning over coaches and executives with his infectious positivity. Just when you thought he could not perform at a higher level, he dominated at the combine.
Source: Heavy Sports