UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin snagged a late invitation to the NFL combine after impressing at the Senior Bowl in January.
Griffin wasn’t expected to put up numbers that would demand the attention of NFL teams, and his invite was largely viewed as a feel good story. Clearly having only one hand puts him at a major disadvantage compared to other athletes, but you wouldn’t have guessed so watching him in Indianapolis on Sunday.
The 22-year-old put on a performance for the ages, posting a remarkable 20 reps on the bench press and running a 4.38 second 40-yard dash, the fastest time by a linebacker since 2003.
Few would’ve believed that Griffin was able to achieve such incredible numbers, and the talk is no longer about whether or not he will make it to the league. Rather, the rhetoric has moved to discussing how high he could be drafted come April.
According to Ian Rapoport, at least one coach in the league believes Griffin is worth spending a fourth round pick on: “What he did today with his 40-yard dash made people’s eyes pop out of their heads…and it seems like he has done wonders for his draft stock.
“[I] talked to a head coach earlier who said he’s probably a fourth rounder now.”
That will be music to Griffin’s ears as his inspirational story goes from strength to strength. It now seems as though he has a legitimate career ahead of him in the NFL, and one current player thinks he should even be drafted higher than round four.
Seahawks All Pro corner Richard Sherman is clearly a fan of the UCF standout and tweeted out saying he believes Griffin should get drafted within the first three rounds in 2018.