Year: Senior Height: 5’11 Weight: 202 40 Time: 4.45 College Stats: NCAA
BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07) Round: 1st/2nd Rank: 32 Median Draft Position: 30.0 (9 drafts) Lo: 26 Hi: 62 Most Frequent Mock Selection: 26 (Eagles – 3 mocks)
BSMW SUMMARY (as of 4/15/07)
Griffin is currently on the fringes of the first round, according to the mocks, most of whom place him in the 25-40 range on draft day. He comes off a productive career against top competition, at a school known for producing defensive backs. The profiles say Griffin has switched between free and strong safety at Texas, but all agree he best projects as a free safety at the next level. The profilers like his intangibles (ultra-competitive, tough, aggressive player) and laud his coverage tools (always takes right angle to ball, can close, good ball skills), and agree that he’s a determined run supporter. He’s reportedly a blue chip special teamer (eight career blocked punts, 2nd best all-time NCAA) who will contribute right away. The downside is that he is of average size, speed and strength, which profilers fear may hurt him in the pros. Others point out he needs work in diagnosing plays, and his tackling may be a little sloppy and inconsistent, but all agree he’s eminently coachable in both areas. There have been no reports linking the Patriots and Griffin, though his toughness, versatilty as a safety, and special teams upside have to make him a candidate for one of those first round picks.
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