Shaquem Griffin Pick in 4th Round By Seahawks, Reunited With Brother

Shaquem Griffin

Shaquem Griffin

Don't get me wrong, I'm ecstatic Shaquem got drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and will be reunited with his twin brother Shaquill, but can somebody explain to me how a perennial bad actor like Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway can get drafted ahead of a perennial good guy and great player like Shaquem?

He gained attention at the NFL Combine in March when he ran the quickest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003.

Griffin was a standout player in UCF's undefeated 2017 season and was the American Athletic conference defensive player in 2016.

It was a long wait for Griffin, but the former University of Central Florida linebacker finally got the call from the Seahawks with the news that he would be the 141st overall selection in the 2018 National Football League draft's fifth round. Shaquill Griffin, who started 11 games at cornerback for the Seahawks this past season and he was a third-round selection previous year, the No. 90 overall pick.

The Griffin twins, Shaquill and Shaquem, have played together since they were children.

"That was the phone call I was waiting for my entire life", Shaquem Griffin said regarding the call from Seattle general manager John Schneider when he was chosen. I just anxious that feeling was based more on emotion than the cold, hard business decisions that the best franchises make.

That's odd in only one respect: I didn't necessarily think the Seahawks should draft him.

Shaquill plays cornerback with the Seahawks. "He is as fast as you can get as a linebacker", Carroll said. I knew I wasn't going to be a first-round pick or anything like that. "I'm extremely blessed", Shaquem said. After the third round Friday night, 10 linebackers had been selected, including seven outside linebackers, where Griffin will play at the next level.

The 22-year-old's story blew up after he put on an astonishing combine workout, blazing to a 4.38 forty time and pushing a remarkable 20 reps on the bench press despite having to use a prosthetic just to participate in the event.

"I am a football player at the end of the day and people who feel sorry or have any pity on me, they are the ones that are going to have to get off or get back", Griffin said. "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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