If and when Shaquem Griffin gets drafted, it won’t be out of pity.
The linebacker out of Central Florida, a day after impressing both himself and NFL teams by pumping 20 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds — with a prosthetic hand — ran the fastest time of the day in the 40-yard dash.
Griffin’s unofficial 4.38 isn’t just fast for a person, NFL player or linebacker. If the time holds, it would be the fastest for a linebacker since 2003. The fastest of this year came Saturday, when LSU wide receiver D.J. Clark ran a 4.34.
Griffin, who wasn’t even initially invited to the Indianapolis Combine, is trying to become the first one-handed player drafted in the modern era. The college star had a good start Saturday, doing 20 reps when, “My goal was six.”
The DB group heading over to the bench press area at the combine are buzzing about Shaq Griffin’s run crowding around phones to watch it.
— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) March 4, 2018
And now Griffin, who was born with a deformed left hand that was amputated when he was 4, is showing how else he can compensate on the football field.