One-handed linebacker is talk of Combine after stunning sprint

2018 NFL Draft: Shaquem Griffin throws up 20 bench press reps

Shaquem Griffin's impressive showing at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine continues.

Griffin's unofficial 4.38 isn't just fast for a person, National Football League player or linebacker.

Griffin put up an astounding 20 bench press reps with the help of a prosthetic to help grip the bar.

What makes Griffin such a fascinating and inspiring story is obvious, he's blowing away scouts at the combine and is doing so with only one hand. Griffin does not have a left hand, having been born with amniotic band syndrome, which prevented his hand from being fully formed.

If he is drafted, Griffin would be the first one-handed player in the National Football League in the modern era.

"When my [twin] brother [Shaquill] got the call that he was drafted [by Seattle in the third round last year], he handled it very well, " Shaquem said. "If I keep doing what I'm doing now, I can change the minds of a lot of other people later". But he's about 30 pounds lighter than his brother and plays cornerback.

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In UCF's 34-27 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl, Griffin had 12 tackles, 3½ tackles for losses and 1½ sacks.

Griffin said he he's playing football because he believes it's his goal. He was the (American Athletic) Conference player of the year two years ago. At the Reese's Senior Bowl, he spent practice time at all three levels of the defense - defensive ends, linebackers and safeties - under the Houston Texans' coaching staff, and had an outstanding week. "And I just started cranking them out". That's one down. I've got a few more to go.

"I got it my freshman year at UCF, I remember we went to go get it fitted for me, " Griffin said.

Griffin has been considered a Day 3 draft prospect to this point.

"I came here [to the combine] to check every box on the list of things people say I can't do, " Griffin said.

"If I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and (soon we'll) inspire a thousand".

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