UCF CB Shaquill Griffin Says He Had Pre-Draft Visit With Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a few unreported pre-draft visitors ahead of Thursday’s annual college selection process and now we know that UCF cornerback Shaquill Griffin was one of them.

“As far as my visits, I can name some that I remember,” Griffin started. “I know I had almost close to 15 visits so I can name them. It’s going to sound crazy, I went from Miami to Dallas to Seattle to Pittsburgh to Baltimore to Washington to Oakland to Indianapolis to Tampa, Tennessee, Houston, Philly and I had like maybe five other teams that wanted me to come and visit, but you know the schedule’s so tight that I had multiple private workouts. So, I’ve just been a busy man.”

Griffin, who measured in at the scouting combine at 6001, 194-pounds, said Monday during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Steelers were one of several teams that he had pre-draft visits with.

During his four seasons at Central Florida, Griffin registered 125 total tackles, seven interceptions and 36 total passes defensed in the 46 games that he played in of which he started 27. He’s currently pegged as potentially being a day-two selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.

At the combine, Griffin ran his 40-yard-dash in 4.38 seconds and did 17 reps on the bench. Additionally, he posted a vertical jump of 38 1/2-inches and an 11’0″ broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.14 seconds and his three-cone time was 6.87 seconds.

During Monday’s interview, Griffin was asked to describe the style of defense he played in at Central Florida.

“At Central Florida we run a true 3-4 defense with the two stand-up d-ends and we kind of switch it up a little bit,” Griffin said. “Our safe call that we always go to if everything goes wrong is a true quarters and we can go from there to man-to-man depending on down and distance. So, we had a chance to a lot a little bit of both. We kind had some freedom to give some calls that we wanted to play so coach definitely did a really great job of letting us trying to just be comfortable and just kind of play how we wanted to play. But our true coverage was pretty much quarters across the board – kind of play a little bit of zone.”

Griffin also talked about where all he lined up in the UCF defense during his career.

“Played nickel, played both corners, played both safeties,” Griffin said. “Kind of moved around and definitely did special teams. I just played whatever they needed me to play at and one time I wanted to play receiver, but coach wasn’t having that.”

In case you haven’t read Griffin’s backstory yet that includes his twin brother Shaquem Griffin having his left hand amputated at the age of four as the result of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital birth defect, it’s certainly worth your time. Despite his disability, Shaquem also played at Central Florida.

“My brother had a huge chip on his shoulder and he got a chance to show people that he can play,” Shaquill said Monday of brother Shaquem. “so he definitely deserves the year he had and I’m definitely proud of him and something special coming next year for him and me also.”

Griffin, if you remember, fits what the Steelers look for as far as cornerbacks go as Alex Kozora pointed out recently in one of his studies.

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: UCF CB Shaquill Griffin

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Well this is big time. Would snag him in the third.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Hmmm… nice. Alex used the force and anticipated this it appears. I’ve been mentioning this guy for a while now. Liked him before the Combine. And really liked him after. Thought he had a really good day, and he confirmed checks a lot of boxes. Best thing? He should definitely be available in the 3rd round and on. So he could provide quite good value. Love the twin story. And he seems like a nice young man. Honestly though, when you read around the scout circles, Shaq gets lost in the shuffle. And this could very well be used to our advantage.

    I wonder if this changes the metrics at all on whether we have shown a bit more interest in CB? And is this the only CB that went unreported? If we throw one more in the pre-draft mix, that would surely signal that they are in play a bit more than we have recently started to believe. Is it draft night yet? Lol.

  • JT

    Reddick-River-Griffin has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it

  • Matt Correll

    This would push CB to 5 confirmed pre-draft visitors, and so that would put them in that range Alex said we likely bring in for a 1-3 round pick (5+ visitors per position).

  • Steel SonofFarmer

    will be my beat 3rd draft ….DREAM come true!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Angelic.

  • Darth Blount 47

    That’s what I was thinking. Man, my first 3 rounds of my mock have like 11 players. Lol.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Can he play man? I see him play 5yrd off alot

  • Shane Mitchell

    He is a good tackler and can play outside in cover-2, maybe the Jordan Willis of CBs in this draft, a freak athlete with good production that is inexplicably under rated at the position. I will put him in my mock as one of my 5 3rd round selections.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    How bout Reddick/Watt-River-Griffen

  • JT

    I would be shocked if we took Watt and Rivers. But Watt-Josh Jones would be my dream in that case.

  • spicyitln

    Proves to me they are looking to draft 2 CBs….I was edge Rusher or nothing at 30 but if top ones are all picked and its a reach to next best available then Grab Humphrey CB Alabama…………………………….

  • harding36

    Could be a surprise 2nd round pick, like Golson was. The Steelers have shown they’ll follow their own CB rankings.

  • spicyitln

    Reddick will be gone by 15 … Watt, Rivers, Sutton or Humphrey, Rivers, Perine….Hopefuly

  • harding36

    Yep. I think he even might go top 10.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I’m holding out hope for Watt and Obi. Obi was ranked 69th in Brandt’s top 150. Maybe we’re overselling him a bit on here. He could be there in the 2nd hypothetically.

  • Alex Kozora

    Technically, it keeps them at 4. Rasul Douglas was counted before but since he’s local, no longer does.

  • Matt Correll

    Thanks Alex. I just read that WVU and Kent are now considered local. I didn’t realize that before.

  • JT

    I’d be shocked if he goes top 10. Even though he has pass rush ability, ILBs just aren’t that highly valued.

  • JT

    I’m a lot more confident on him going top 15, than 25. I think the draft community may have pushed him a little too high.

  • Smitty 6788

    If it were to fall that way it would be a party at my house.

  • Alex Kozora

    Apparently a new rule, per Colbert.

  • D.j. Reynolds

    How do these newly discovered visits change the overall number of visitors at each position? I thought that was a telling article but wonder if these visits change the conclusions reached?

  • harding36

    Unless you think he’s Patrick Willis, which I do. Daniel Jeremiah actually thinks he’s Ryan Shazier.

  • Alex Kozora

    WR falls under the 5 threshold. CB stays the same. Lose Douglas, add Griffin. No major changes elsewhere, I don’t believe.

  • “WC”

    If the team is able to get consistent pressure up the middle, that in itself will help the secondary quite a bit.

    It puzzles me why so many fans want to get more secondary help.

    They have got to get more defensive line help who can penetrate and cause havoc on opponents offensive line. If the secondary has to run all over the place to keep up with offensive players, that puts them at a disadvantage, especially if the QB can sit back and dink and dunk you to death.

    If the QB doesn’t have time to sit back and survey the field, but is running for his life, that’s what you want.

    As Rooney indicated, they have to get more pressure on the opposing QB, they just have to. I personally just don’t know if secondary players can do that, unless it’s a blitzing scenario.

    If they are able to get a sideline to sideline LB, that might be alright.

    I know many of you won’t agree with me, but I would not mind McCafferty (please excuse my spelling). I just don’t see Bell ever being able to make it through the whole season unscathed for whatever reason. Great in season, but come playoff time, something always seems to happen.

    Ben, while still a very good player appears to have some issues whereas he just doesn’t perform up to par. After every heartbreaking loss you can’t just keep getting in front of the media and say “it’s on me!” He’s got to have some offensive play makers, especially when he is not playing well.

    It’s almost as if the very breath of the team gets deflated when AB or Bell, (Bryant in there too), is not playing, for whatever reason……suspensions, injuries, etc.

    Ben needs to command the team and himself to not so readily accept defeat, which seems to happen in some of the most important games.

    Many of that falls on Tomlin and the other coaches as well.

    The title is right there for the taking, so go out and take the damn thing!!!!!!

  • D.j. Reynolds

    Thanks, Alex. One follow up: Shouldn’t we still count Douglas as a visitor such that CB moves up by 1 in total (and therefore becomes a higher likelihood for a pick in rds 1-3)? I know he is a local prospect, but he still visited and appears to be someone we have legit interest in drafting.

  • D.j. Reynolds

    Also, with Kaaya, please confirm we haven’t reached 5+ QB visitors?!