|18,639||2018||Shaquem Griffin||LB||Central Florida||6'1"||227||3rd|
Shaquem was born with amniotic band syndrome, which caused him so much pain that at 4 years old it became necessary to amputate his left hand. Playing with only one-hand did not stop him from becoming the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. His twin brother Shaquill plays cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.
Best Position Fit
43 Outside Linebacker / 34 WILL / Strong Safety
Interviews extremely well. Has athletic ability. Excels in coverage (13 passes defended on 42 targets). Is a good tackler. Over the final 2 seasons he posted 18 and a half sacks, 33 tackles for loss, and 166 tackles.
His lower body is built more for the secondary than the front 7.
Shaquem is a well-rounded player who can do a lot of things. He is probably going to have to earn his way through special teams, but he also adds position flexibility. Has the coverage skills to play the small linebacker / large safety role in the bigger nickel packages. He could also become a situational pass rusher. Needs to add more mass, especially lower body strength.
Senior Bowl Notes
He made a great impression on a lot of people with his football skills and interview skills.