Given his circumstances, Shaquem Griffin has no business playing football. When he was four years old, he had his left hand amputated due to complications from Amniotic Band Sydrome). The result of this surgery could have took him down and had him dreading on things in his life. Instead, he does not allow the amputation define who he is.
After being a big part of the University of Central Florida going undefeated, the senior linebacker was not talked about much going as being an NFL linebacker. Plenty did not think it was a consideration considering he was playing with one hand. Well, after a very solid performance in the Senior Bowl, he received an invite to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. From there, he the show was just beginning. Griffin showed off his speed, running a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. Along with that amazingly fast 40 for a linebacker, Griffin was able to bench press 225 twenty times. For a guy that everyone had limited expectations for, he by far exceeded those. Now instead of a guy plenty wondered about in terms of getting drafted, Griffin has positioned himself as a guy who will get drafted. He showed the speed, quickness and desire to do whatever he wanted when he wanted to do it.
Sure, he did not have pads on and it was not live action, but what he has done is taking what was a perceived negative and turned it into a positive for him. By his own admission, he likes to take the things people say he cannot do and do them better than they ever thought he could. He surely quelled a lot of doubters this weekend and there is no doubt in my mind Griffin will be playing on Sundays this upcoming season. Sure, he will see some things he has not seen in college and he will be asked to do some things he has never attempted to do, but that doesn't mean he is going to let up at all. In fact, he might push a little harder. Betting against him has not turned out well for many over his career and I would not expect it will start turning out well now.
Griffin went from likely undrafted to a guy that will more than likely be drafted within the first two days. A lot of that was within the abilities we could see like his quickness, strength and speed. The other things that we could not see like his refusal to succumb to his limitations are what took him over the top though. Griffin is a beast of a linebacker, so forget about his missing hand because he sure has and so have some scouts that have been evaluating him. In fact, many are wondering why they even began to doubt him to begin with. After all, he has made it this far doing what he has done.