With the 141st pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected linebacker Shaquem Griffin, linebacker out of UCF.
The selection of Griffin is a dream come true for many Seahawks fans who were hoping to pair him with twin brother Shaquill, Seattle’s third round pick in 2017. It’s a feel good story all around for the Seahawks and the Griffin brothers.
Griffin is 6’, 227 lbs, and while his right arm is 32.2”, Griffin had his left hand amputated as a small child. He played football and excelled regardless, winning the AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. Griffin starred at the combine, running a 4.38 40-yard dash
Griffin’s physical limitation should be discussed as it pertains to areas like tackle disengagement and consistency of finishing, but his instincts, play speed and technique have all been major factors in helping him thrive at his position. His upfield burst as an edge blitzer and his range as a tackler are two strengths that NFL teams could capitalize on. Griffin could hear his name on day three of the draft, but if not, his competitive spirit and playmaking talent give him a shot to make a roster at some point in his career.
Here is what the Seahawks have done so far:
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79. Rasheem Green, DL, USC
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120. Will Dissly, TE, Washington
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141. Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCB
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146. Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State
149. Michael Dickson, P, Texas
168. Jamarco Jones, T, Ohio State
186. Jake Martin, EDGE, Temple
220. Alex McGough, QB, Florida International
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