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UCF Pro Day Thursday latest opportunity for Shaquem Griffin to shine

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The tremendous drama-building story of UCF safety/linebacker Shaquem Griffin will be back “front and center” for NFL fans, media and analysts, as the Knights have their pro day on campus Thursday.

And while teammates DB Mike Hughes, and WR Tre’Quan Smith are expected to go higher in the upcoming NFL Draft, clearly, Griffin has become a sentimental story with growing momentum to be drafted highly, as well.

And, with the running of the 40, the bench press, and other individual drills about to take place, there are NFL personnel executives who are weighing in on what to expect and where Griffin might fit in at the pro level.

And we have been documenting from the Senior Bowl to the NFL Scouting Combine that Giffin is proving doubters wrong about his abilities and the lack of limitations from having his left hand amputated as a child.

The NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout himself and one of their top draft analysts, had more from the anonymous NFL front office people he talked to here:

It’s intriguing to read some of those teams and possible fits.

In particular, the Steelers, who have a defensive minded hard nosed head coach in Mike Tomlin, seem like they would be perfect. This is in part, because Griffin could play not only safety, but has enough size and pass rushing skill to also play some outside rushing linebacker in a 3-4 defense, too.

Obviously, the Rams, who also play a 3-4 under Wade Phillips, made moves already to secure the likes of former Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh to compliment Aaron Donald in their defensive interior. And, also adding Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib in their secondary, shows they are serious about winning, right now.  And, Griffin could be placed in that same hybrid type role for them, too.

Also, the one executive who wrote the name “Patriots” and then justified it, may be onto something. And, he’s right with the analysis: “They do a good job of finding what players can do and utilizing their strengths in certain packages. He’ll play on special teams. He provides a little position flexibility (can play stacked or off the edge rushing the passer), and he plays with a high motor and relentless style that they respect.”

Very interesting. Would be a very Bill Belichick-like pick.

Again, Griffin is likely a “round three guy on night two,” and may last until Saturday into the fourth-seventh rounds.

Then, again, don’t be surprised if someone jumps at the chance to get him late in the second round.

The quest for Griffin’s NFL dream continues Thursday in Orlando with the NFL Network, ESPN and everyone else watching.

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