LB Shaquem Griffin, Central Florida

6’0″ – 227 lbs. – 4.38

Twin brother and teammate Shaquill was a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks last season. Missing his left hand. Redshirted in 2013, then appeared in just one game the following year. Played on special teams over twelve games as a sophomore, then converted from safety to linebacker, stepped into the starting lineup, and was named the conference player of the year as a junior, and a first-team all-conference selection as a senior. The first thing that stands out on tape is his outstanding motor. Combined with his athleticism, is able to play sideline to sideline. Flows very well to the ball, and is typically around the play. Fast enough to chase down opposing runners in backside pursuit. Can make it out to the sidelines and make tackles on opponents. Doesn’t shy away from  contact and was better at the point of attack than his frame would indicate; is a little bit inconsistent in terms of staying square and maintaining his balance against opposing blockers, but flashes the ability to set the edge and funnel runners back inside despite his marginal size. A pretty reliable tackler, but who takes some aggressive angles to the ball which can occasionally cause him to run himself out of the play. Can get stuck on blocks for too long. Was very effective as a stand-up edge rusher at the college level, with explosiveness off the snap and the ability to dip his shoulder and bend around the edge; one of this year’s most productive rushers overall in terms of the amount of pressure he generated. Runs a smooth arc to the passer and closes well, with impressive burst. Was able to mix up his approach a little bit, with a spin move that also looks like it might translate to the next level. Picks up a lot of coverage/effort sacks. Also responsible for making drops into coverage on a regular basis, typically in zones; covers a lot of ground when shuffling, with quick feet when working backwards. Is able to sniff out screens and make tackles. Athletic enough to take the occasional snap in man coverage against an opposing target. Does a good job of closing the distance on targets and putting himself in position to make plays on the ball. However, probably lacks the size to match up against most tight ends at the next level. Can lose track of route developments at times when playing zone coverage. Backpedal is too quick but too upright. The type of player you don’t like to bet against, but who will probably be more of a mid-round pick because of his lack of size.

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