Scouting Report: Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF

By Kelby Goodman

Number: 18 | Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL | Height: 6003 | Weight: 227 | Forty: 4.37 | Bench: 20 | Broad: 9-9 | L-Drill: 6.93 | Year: Senior | Class: 2018 | Twitter: @Shaquemgriffin


Shaquem Griffin is an NFL Draft darling for most fans and analysts alike but has been scrutinized by scouts due to only having the use of one hand. Despite this though Griffin’s play at UCF and his jaw-dropping combine results have him moving up boards before draft day. His athleticism and size allow him to play all over the field as he excelled as an off ball backer, edge rusher and slot corner. His blazing first step makes him an extremely dangerous blitzer, proven by his 18.5 sacks in his last two seasons. Griffin pairs his flexibility to bend under a tackle’s reach well along with his quick first step. He also has an effective spin move that, with work, will become a more efficient move in the NFL. Has very good instincts, multiple times he was schemed to blitz but peeled off when he read “screen” and blew it up. When tasked with covering tight ends he showed quick feet to be able to keep pace while backpedaling and shuffling, allowing him to keep his eyes in the backfield. Will be an asset when facing running quarterbacks in the NFL, will be one of the better “Spies” on Day One. Will be a sideline-to-sideline player, ran down many plays from the opposite side of the field in college. If he isn’t able to win on speed he struggles to disengage when a larger lineman gets their hands in on him. Can struggle to play under control when rushing the quarterback and will leave lanes open if he misses. If he is not able to get his right hand on a ball carrier he can struggle with takedowns. Griffin has the athleticism, skill and smarts to be an impact player at the next level. Will excel on special teams right away and can play almost anywhere on the defense. Will likely be off the board between the third and fourth round.


SENIOR (2017)
• Named Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Defensive MVP
• Received 2018 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion award
• Earned ESPN All-Bowl Team honors
• Nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, honoring student-athletes for their outstanding community service
• Named to four preseason watch lists for national awards: Butkus Award for the nation’s best linebacker; Nagurski Trophy for Defensive Player of the Year; Bednarik Award for the best defensive player in the nation; and the Wuerffel Trophy for achievements on and off the field
• 2017 All-Conference First Team in The American
• Started 13 games at linebacker
• Third on the team with 74 tackles, which includes 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks
• Registered one interception, three pass breakup and nine QB hurries
• Recovered two fumbles and forced two fumbles
• FIU 8/31: Collected three tackles, including one for loss
• at Maryland 9/23: Had three tackles, including one for loss
• Memphis 9/30: Tallied eight tackles, including five unassisted and one sack, one forced fumble and one QB hurry
• at Cincinnati 10/7: Contributed six tackles along with one sack and one QB hurry
• ECU 10/14: Recorded six tackles, including three unassisted and one sack
• at Navy 10/21: Set a season-best with 10 tackles, including five unassisted
• Austin Peay 10/28: Had a fumble recovery and 20-yard return along with one tackle and one QB hurry
• at SMU 11/4: Notched two tackles and two QB hurries
• UConn 11/11: Amassed five tackles, one sack and one QB hurry
• at Temple 11/18: Registered three tackles, one forced fumble and an interception return for 22 yards
• South Florida 11/24: Notched nine tackles, including six solo stop and a half sack, two QB hurries and a pass breakup
• Memphis 12/2: Accounted for six tackles, including four unassisted and two sacks, recovered a fumble, and registered a QB hurry and pass breakup
• Auburn 1/1: Saved his best for last with a season-high 12 tackles, six solos and six assists, including a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

JUNIOR (2016)
• Named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Conference honors
• Earned The American Defensive Player of the Week accolades after performance against Houston
• Played in and started all 13 games at outside linebacker
• Led the team with 20.0 tackles for loss, which is tied for the third most in a single season in UCF history
• Also led the Knights with 11.5 sacks, the sixth most in a season at UCF
• Finished the season ranked 12th in the nation in sacks and 13th in tackles for loss
• Totaled 92 tackles and a team high 57 unassisted tackles
• Added seven pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception
• South Carolina State 9/3: Had six tackles, one sack and a forced fumble
• Maryland 9/17: Had seven tackles, 1.5 for a loss, and one sack
• FIU 9/24: Totaled five tackles, three for a loss, two sacks and a pass break-up
• East Carolina 10/1: Finished with five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble
• Temple 10/15: Had two pass break-ups, one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and five total tackles
• UConn 10/22: Recorded first game with double digit tackles, finishing with 10
• Houston 10/29: Totaled 14 tackles, 12 of which were unassisted, 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and an interception
• Cincinnati 11/12: Had seven tackles, three for a loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery
• Tulsa 11/19: Notched eight tackles, including two for a loss, and had one pass break-up
• USF 11/26: Finished the regular season with five total tackles and two tackles for loss
• Arkansas State at Cure Bowl 12/17: Totaled seven tackles, with one for a loss and half a sack

• Played in 12 games, compiling nine tackles on special teams and as a safety
• Tulane 10/3: Notched first collegiate tackle as well as fumble recovery
• Tulsa 11/7: Had a pair of tackles
• USF 11/26: Posted a season-high three tackles with a break-up on defense

• Saw time in one game and it took place vs. Penn State in Ireland
• Named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the Bethune-Cookman contest

• Worked with the scout team
• Dressed for the Memphis game but did not play

• Coached by Cory Moore at Lakewood, which advanced to the 2012 5A regional semifinals
• Received three stars from Rivals and ESPN
• Ranked as the No. 92 safety in the nation by ESPN
• Earned a spot on the 2012 class 5A all-state second team
• Named to the 2012 Tampa Bay Times All-Suncoast Second Team
• Selected to the 2013 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football, and in the Team USA vs. The World International Bowl Feb. 5, made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 with a memorable interception in the redzone
• Competed in the 2012 Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game
• Listed at No. 42 on the Orlando Sentinel 2013 Midwest Florida Super60
• Amassed 72 tackles with 12 break-ups and one sack in 2012
• Had 61 tackles, nine break-ups, two forced fumbles and one interception as a junior
• Participated in the 2011 Under Armour Combine
• Member of the 7-on-7 Team Tampa undefeated and state championship squad
• Also ran track for Lakewood, competing in the 4×100, discus, triple jump and shot put, and received interest for track from LSU, Miami and Purdue
• Was the Tampa Bay Times Track and Field Athlete of the Year in Pinellas County in the spring of 2012 as he won the state title in the triple jump and broke two school records
• In all, earned four letters in track and three in football as a safety
• While in high school, received the United States Achievement Academy Student of Excellence Award, the Mr. LHS Award and the 2012 Mike June Courage Award
• The mayor presented him with the On Top of Your Game Award as well as a key to the city
• One of four finalists for the National STUDENT-Athlete Day Giant Steps Award in the category of Courageous Student-Athlete, presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS)
• With twin brother Shaquill, started their own track club in St. Petersburg
• Chose UCF over Akron, Arkansas, Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colgate, FIU, Houston, Kent State, Kentucky, Marshall, Massachusetts, Miami, Minnesota, Princeton, South Alabama, Toledo, USF, West Virginia and Western Kentucky

• Lost his left hand at the age of four due to a rare condition before birth
• Born in St. Petersburg, Fla.
• Nickname is Keem
• Parents are Terry and Tangie Griffin, and was born a minute after brother, Shaquill