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Shaquem Griffin blazes fastest 40 for Combine LB since 2003

05 March, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Shaquem Griffin did 20 bench press reps with prosthetic after writing inspiring letter to GMs

It's only a matter of when.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Allen "put on a show" in regularly hitting receivers with passes of over 50 yards, and there was also a good performance from Oklahoma quarterback - and Heisman Trophy victor - Baker Mayfield, who is expected to be another quarterback drafted in the first round in April.

UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin is having quite the performance at the NFL Combine. It's the third-fastest time of the combine, assuming the unofficial time holds.

So Griffin is insane fast. He got stronger as games got longer, too, showing unbelievable endurance and an indomitable will to thrive under pressure.

Is it more impressive, though, than what he did on the bench press yesterday?

The Central Florida linebacker has taken joy in every moment of this NFL Scouting Combine, and his session with the media was no exception.

Shaquem Griffin, who lost his left hand at the age of 4 because of a rare pre-birth condition, was a notable omission on the combine's original list of attendees. He could barely lift the bar.

I love this video, and I hope it goes down in history and is replayed all throughout the year. "My mom saw me do my first pull-up my freshman year, and she's emotional and she started crying".

Griffin's 20 reps, which tied for 16th among participating linebackers, was three more than 256-pound Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews, one more than 320-pound Western Michigan offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor and six more than 345-pound Oklahoma offensive lineman Orlando Brown. A combine he nearly wasn't invited to at all, and only made it via a late invite. It motivates me to do more and keep pushing when you've got guys all over the place, the top in the country, and they're proud of me.

"I watched his tape months ago and I was like 'wow, "' Mayock said. I got a few interceptions against some slots (two in college). He was really good on tape. This is a legitimate football player. Forget about the deformity, or whatever you want to call what he has.

Evidently, one National Football League general manager didn't get the memo. "Some people think I can do 3, some people think I can do 5, some people didn't think I could do the bench press". If I drop the ball, it's because I have one hand, not because of anything else, even if people with two hands drop the ball. One hand or not, Griffin is ready to make an impact immediately for any team willing to give him the chance. And boy, will he ever play on special teams. He blitzed. At the Senior Bowl workouts, he played linebacker, safety and defensive line. "I literally choked up a little bit watching him do that and I can't wait to watch him tomorrow".

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