One-handed National Football League prospect posts 20-rep bench press at scouting combine

One-handed National Football League prospect posts 20-rep bench press at scouting combine

Former UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin is still dropping jaws at the NFL Combine. On Saturday, he began fulfilling that promise.

The NFL Scouting Combine nearly didn't invite former UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin to Indianapolis.

Is it more impressive, though, than what he did on the bench press yesterday?

"My goal was six", Griffin said.

National Football League teams are going to have a lot of questions about how his skill set will translate to the National Football League level, but teams that pass on him are going to be missing out on an elite athlete. Just being able to do that, that was incredible.

"Hearing the crowd got the juices flowing, " Griffin said.

Griffin was surprised by the size of the group of reporters who gathered around him at the end of his workout on Saturday, "I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people".

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The Central Florida linebacker has taken joy in every moment of this NFL Scouting Combine, and his session with the media was no exception. He was a late addition to the list of combine invitees, getting his formal invitation on January 30.

When it came time for the bench press, Griffin strapped on a prosthetic left-hand and proceed to knock out 20 reps of 225 pounds.

According to Fox News, "As a freshman, [Griffin] couldn't even lift the 45-pound bar, but then he was fitted with the prosthethic and his mom cried when he did his first pull-up". In two years with the Golden Knights, griffin posted 166 total tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Pete Carroll, who coaches Griffin's twin brother, Shaquill, with the Seattle Seahawks, clearly liked what he saw.

"He's going to be on an National Football League team next year", Mayock said, "and I can't wait to watch him". That's one down. I've got a few more to go. If the official time stands, it is going down as the fastest time in 15 years for a linebacker. Saquon Barkley is the MVP of the combine so far, but what Griffin has done is right up there. He was a defensive back before switching to linebacker in 2016. He consistently showed his speed to the ball and numerous league's personnel evaluators said they believed he could contribute in an NFL defense, especially as a situational pass rusher.

Griffin is an inspiring story, but he's also doing well alongside his linebacker peers in Indianapolis. If he doesn't do DB drills here he will at his Pro Day, set for March 29. But I'm not going to be able to do that.

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