Shaquem Griffin picked by Seattle Seahawks in NFL Draft

Noel Cummings
April 30, 2018

He was the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in 2016 and the MVP of UCF's Peach Bowl victory against Auburn last season when the Knights went 13-0.

The phone call from Seattle general manager John Schneider set off a wild celebration within the Griffin family, which had gathered at a hotel in the Dallas area after Shaquem spent the first two days at the draft in Arlington, Texas, waiting for a phone call that never came. Shaquill Griffin, who started 11 games at cornerback for the Seahawks this past season, was a third-round selection previous year, the No 90 overall pick. In his four seasons with Central Florida, Griffin appeared in 39 games with 26 starts.

"It's fantastic just to be here right now, I couldn't ask for more, " Shaquem Griffin said. Are you anxious about what team you are going to be in?'

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Griffin had an excellent rookie season for the Seahawks past year, starting 11 games at left corner and posting a Pro Football Focus rating of 77.2. One team had to feel so strongly about each brother that it would choose him before the other 31 teams who are equally determined to choose the best football players.

"This is not the end of my road.it's only just the beginning", Shaquem said. "I didn't know what to say". The elation became even greater when he learned that he will reunite with his twin brother Shaquill and the Seattle Seahawks.

"In the National Football League, particularly at linebacker, great tackling technique is expected", says Nansen.

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"If I can get to a practice, that's when everyone is going to see who I really am". Shaquill has long lobbied for the Seahawks to select his brother and obviously couldn't contain his excitement.

"It was emotional for all the obvious reasons", Carroll said.

"I know the 425, the 206 - I know the area codes for Seattle".

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Griffin also bench-pressed 225 pounds (102kg) 20 times, three more than his twin had managed, having attached a prosthetic hand onto the bar. After the third round Friday night, 10 linebackers had been selected, including seven outside linebackers, where Griffin will play at the next level. "They own this extraordinary connection that I think also is a demonstration of love and heart and all of the cool things about what they represent", Carroll told ESPN.

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