It took two days, a lot of traveling, and 140 picks to pass. After all that, the wait was over. With the 141st pick in the 2018 draft, the Seahawks selected Shaquem Griffin of UCF.
Shaquem will be reunited with his twin brother Shaquill in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.
“I couldn’t breathe,” Griffin said to the media. “I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk.” He continued, “this is not the end of my road … it’s only just the beginning, and I’m going to keep proving people wrong because I have a lot of people to prove wrong — a lot of doubters.”
Shaquem was a two-year starter at UCF and a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection both seasons. He was the AAC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and was named the defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl, which completed UCF’s 13-0 2017 season.
Shaquem impressed massively, when ran a 4.38 in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was the fastest among linebacker/safeties.
Meanwhile, as a cornerback, Shaquill, who also played at UCF, was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round (90th overall) last year. He started 11 games making 50 tackles with an interception last year.
This pick isn’t for publicity, either, as the Seahawks are going to use Shaquem. How they will is going to be the question? They clearly thought he would be a better player on the same team as his brother. They could use him as both a stand up rusher and as a hybrid in coverage. Plus, he’s going to be a contributor from day one on special teams with his speed.
Aside from that, you could see him in sub packages dropping in coverage or rushing the passer.
The Seahawks are re-tooling on defense with DB Richard Sherman, DE Michael Bennett and others departing. So, the Griffins will be part of that rebuild in the Pacific Northwest.
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