NFL Players Applaud UCF Star Shaquem Griffin's Combine Performance

2018 NFL Draft scouting report: Shaquem Griffin

Of all the NFL prospects who have been in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, Shaquem Griffin may have gotten the most attention.

Well, Griffin put those doubts to bed pretty quickly.

"I'm not amazed at all", Griffin said. "Oh, he has one hand- how can you play football?" At the end of the day, you have to show what you can do. "If you have two hands or 30 hands, show me what you can do and we'll go from there". "There's going to be a lot more doubters saying what I can't do, and I'm ready to prove them wrong". But I did it and competed with everybody else and did 20, and that's just one step closer to everything I need to accomplish. That's how I live, day by day.

Griffin does not have a left hand.

Griffin's 4.38 came in his first attempt at the 40 - which was also hand-timed at 4.38, 4.38, and 4.40. Griffin, the twin brother of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, overcame the medical issue and went on to become a star at the University of Central Florida.

The UCF linebacker impressed at the bench press, putting up 20 reps with the help of a prostetic hand. After each rep, the applause got louder.

"My goal was six", Griffin acknowledged. "Some people think I can do three, some people think I can do five, some people didn't think I could do the bench press". Just being able to do that, that was unbelievable. Hearing the crowd and getting the juices flowing, I felt it.

"... It's awesome to see how far I came -from not being able to bench the bar to throwing up 20 reps at 225, and able to compete with the best here".

South Squad outside linebacker Shaquem Griffin of Central Florida gestures during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile Ala

The linebacker wowed scouts again on Sunday, posting a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2018 National Football League scouting combine on Sunday.

That time put him above some running backs, and was the fastest time by a linebacker since 2003.

Incredibly, the time was exactly the same as that ran by his brother past year, although it is worth noting Shaquill weighs 30 pounds less than Shaquem.

"I'm planning on doing both linebacker and DB drills", Griffin said. "Productive and performed well at the combine". He has a chance, as a mid-round pick, to be a nice player at the next level.

Griffin produced at the Scouting Combine just like he did throughout his career with UCF.

Griffin recorded 166 total tackles and 18.5 sacks over his last two seasons at Central Florida. "I always tell everybody, if I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and inspire a thousand later. I'm proud of you man". I know I'm not betting against this guy.

"That was an awesome feeling, and it makes you enjoy it that much more".

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