UCF Knights linebacker Shaquem Griffin will participate in the 2018 NFL Draft Launching in Arlington on April 26, Texas, after receiving an invitation to the event, told Jenna Laine of ESPN.com on Thursday.
Doctors amputated Griffin's left hand when he was four years old due to a Amniotic membrane wrapped around his hand at birth .
" I w ar a man who was under the radar they did not believe in at first, but I think they're starting to believe now, "Griffin said on Thursday, via Laine. " I have the whole nation behind me now."
Griffin worked on Thursday's UCF Day with clips of his social performance:
Christian Bruey @ CBrueyWFTV
Beautiful catch along the sideline of @Shaquemgriffin here. #UCFProDay https://t.co/Z8Nd69iFGK
Tom Pelissero @ TomPelissero
# Saint DC Dennis Allen helps carry out DB exercises at UCF per day. As planned, Mike Hughes and Shaquem Griffin (shown here) participate. https://t.co/140bOV0tuC
Griffin spent five years at UCF Redshirting in 2013. He became an important contributor to the fourth year Junior in 2016, with 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. He followed in 2017 with 10 tackles for the loss and 5.5 sacks.
Griffin made a big impression on the NFL Scouting Combine. His 4.38-second 40-yard dash was the fastest linebacker lineup, and he recorded 20 reps on the bench press using a prosthetic on his left arm. 19659004] In Bleacher's Report Matt Miller did not rank Griffin among his top 10 linebackers, calling the Knights star his "biggest question mark".
Miller wrote in January that Griffin " was one of the best defenders in college football" but that "n something like this did not come up" My time covers the NFL draft and there is no precedent for how teams will judge Griffin's situation. "