Senior Bowl week is important because scouts, coaches and/or general managers from all thirty-two National Football League teams can get their first up-close and personal look at college football’s top seniors as they transition to the next level. One of those top senior is linebacker Shaquem Griffin from the University of Central Florida.
Griffin was born with Amniotic Hand Syndrome — causing his left hand to be amputated at age 4. Despite the setback, he was an outstanding two-year starter at UCF under former coach Scott Frost, and was named the 2016 AAC Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive MVP of the 2018 Peach Bowl.
He was a pass-rushing linebacker for the Knights. However, he stands 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, he’s too small for that role in the NFL. Therefore, Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien is letting NFL scouts see him in various capacities as they gauge the ways he could contribute.
“It felt a little like a rollercoaster. I’m down in the dirt taking on 300-pound linemen, then I’m back in space covering small, fast guys. It’s awesome. I’m smiling all over the place. I’m enjoying every single moment, every single position they put me in,” Griffin said. “… We’re going to get a chance to watch film and critique what I did. I guess I’m going to be moving rooms a lot, to get to all the coaches and get some feedback from everybody.”