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After stellar NFL combine, where can Shaquem Griffin expect to be drafted?

By Rick Stroud
Shaquem Griffin had an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl, but it didnít earn him an invitation to the NFL combine until Jan. 30. [Associated Press]

Shaquem Griffin was the star of the NFL combine. It began Saturday when he used a prosthetic on his left arm and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times.

"My goal was six,'' Griffin said. "I think I beat that by a lot. When I first started training, I was doing 11 reps, and usually, when you train with guys who bench a lot, they might add three or four reps. I added more than three or four to my actual max. Just being able to do that, it was amazing.

"Hearing the crowd and getting the juices flowing, I felt it.''

Then on Sunday, Griffin ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, the fastest by any linebacker at the combine since 2003.

Griffin, the former UCF and Lakewood High star, had his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. He's trying to become the first one-handed player to play in the NFL during the modern era.

So where exactly will Griffin be drafted after his impressive and inspiring workout?

"Late third, early fourth," Sports Illustrated writer Peter King has reported. "He can be the best special-teams player on any team early, and maybe have a pass-rushing or sub-package role right away."

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer talked to several scouts and they basically agreed.

"A college scouting director told me on Sunday that he thinks Griffin leaves here a fourth-rounder, and I ran that by a couple other scouts and they agreed," Breer wrote. "To start, he can be a strong special teamer, and developmental linebacker, with a chance to grow into more."