Shaquem Griffin hears name at NFL Draft, reunited with brother in Seattle

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Shaquem Griffin, 22, was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

"It's insane because that process is tough to see all those guys before you", said Griffin, who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash and bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times at the NFL Combine in February.

Griffin was a standout player in UCF's undefeated 2017 season and was the American Athletic conference defensive player in 2016. Shaquill Griffin, who started 11 games at cornerback for the Seahawks this past season, was a third-round selection a year ago, the No 90 overall pick.

The moment the brothers took to the stage together was special, and the entire National Football League community will be pulling for Shaquem to have a long, successful career.

"One day I'm going to be called "Shaquem Griffin the football player" and not 'Shaquem Griffin the one-hand wonder, '" he told the outlet. "It was tough - I'm not going to lie to you - seeing all those guys picked in front of me".

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Griffin had an excellent rookie season for the Seahawks previous year, starting 11 games at left corner and posting a Pro Football Focus rating of 77.2. And given the team's losses this past offseason there's definitely room for him to make it.

Shaquill plays cornerback with the Seahawks.

"It was emotional for all the obvious reasons", Carroll said. His twin brother, Shaquill, recognized the 425 area code that flashed on the screen and started charging after his brother.

Since the, he's been the talk of the league, and the outpouring of support from the entire NFL and wider sporting community after he was drafted was fantastic to see. It's not like I know the family or anything.

Griffin also bench-pressed 225lb 20 times, three more than his identical twin managed, having attached a prosthetic hand onto the bar. "So every day, I made sure to mention my brother about something, even just, 'Hey, man, my brother got a good workout in, his backpedal is looking smooth every day.' [The Seahawks] continued to let me know how much they loved my brother, how much they loved my family". "The ball carriers will be faster and stronger than those at the college level, requiring the defensive players to have good technique to bring them to the ground and end the play".

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