Texas's Griffin is a solid safety prospect
In his third safety preview, Seahawks.NET's Ryan Rigmaiden takes a look at the enigmatic Michael Griffin from Texas. He has all the tools to have an impact as a rookie and he came into the 2006 season with a lot of hype, but he struggled at times and that could have an effect on his final draft position. Where does Ryan think he ends up? Read on to find out...
3. Michael Griffin, S Texas 6-0, 195 (4.55)
NFL Comparison - Eugene Wilson, New England
Saw action as a freshman for the Longhorns. Has good size and is a good athlete. Covers a lot of ground and makes plays vs. the run and the pass. Had a disappointing 2006, although his stats looked great. This caused him to drop down most Draft boards. Has seen time as a nickel corner and has played both safety positions. Versatile and plays the run without fear. Has awesome potential, but needs to shake off last year’s sub-par season.
Against the Pass -
Changes direction well for a safety and can be put in man situations vs. slot receivers. Is inconsistent in his reads. Sometimes looks like the best safety in football and at other times he looks lost. Good transition from his backpedal to a full run. Good hips. Has good hands and uses long arms to knock passes down.
Against the Run -
Tackles hard and can blitz. Looks comfortable in the box and makes plays all over the field. Blocked six kicks while in Austin and plays ever down like it’s his last. Hits like it’s personal and goes for the ball. Registered 126 tackles last year – a huge number for a college safety.
Roster Impact for Seattle -
Griffin would look great next to Ken Hamlin as a strong safety. He plays the run extremely well, but is also strong in coverage. It’s questionable if he could unseat Michael Boulware as a rookie because his recognition skills aren’t always on, but he definitely has the potential to do so.
Draft Projection -
Griffin looks like a second round pick right now and could move up to the top of the second round with good individual workouts. Another Longhorn named Griffin (Cedric) was a second rounder last year for the Vikings and looks to have nailed down a starting spot next season. Michael could have a similar impact in 2007.
Final Analysis -
Some scouts look at last year’s tape and are writing him off, but I see a solid, versatile player that had a bit of a disappointing year. Griffin has the necessary tools to be an impact player in the NFL, but can the mental aspect come around for him? He’s a well-rounded safety and I’m betting he becomes a solid pro.
Here are our other two safety profiles...
LSU S LaRon Landry
Florida S Reggie Nelson
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