Former MLB pitcher Abbott is a big fan of Shaquem Griffin

Shaquem Griffin

Shaquem Griffin will play alongside his twin brother Shaquill Griffin for the Seattle Seahawks. Shaquill, a cornerback, was a third-round pick of Seattle in 2017. As his college teammate Jordan Akins said, "I don't care if he has one hand, two hands or no hands, he should have been drafted in the first round". "I literally broke down after that". "But I knew how it was going to go". The Giants passed on trying to get their quarterback of the future to replace Eli Manning in the first round, taking running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall.

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

The fourth selection of Saturday's fifth round, Griffin was the 14th linebacker taken overall and eighth outside linebacker.

He has become the feel-good story this year and one of the most popular players in this draft because of his perseverance, outgoing personality and, of course, his talent. "And aside from that he's a really good football player".

Everything about what I've seen told me that the Seahawks should pick Shaquem.




Both Griffin brothers were visibly emotional upon learning that Shaquem had been drafted by the Seahawks. I'm not anxious about where I go, what time I get picked or what team picks me, as long as I get a chance to get to a practice, I'm going to show everybody what I can really do'. "I'm glad that I have an opportunity to be here".

"This is not the end of my road.it's only just the beginning", Shaquem said. His ability has been questioned at every level, but Shaquem continued to prove the doubters wrong.

Griffin was an exemplary student-athlete, a role model, an inspirational leader, the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and the Peach Bowl Defensive MVP as a senior.

One more punter, Logan Cooke of Mississippi State, was chosen by Jacksonville, and the only placekicker taken was Jason Sanders of New Mexico by the Dolphins.

Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition at the combine, and even though he was eventually cleared by doctors to work out with no limitations, several teams were scared off by the issue. The Patriots, who had two first-round picks, didn't go for any of the other highly-regarded prospects.

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