Monday, 1 February 2010
POTD: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
By Kip Earlywine
Weight: 278 lbs (some sites list him at 280, others 265)
Unofficial 40: 4.68
-Versatile, can play both LDE and RDE and could probably transition to 3-4 DE.
-Smart player who usually makes the right decisions
-Good in coverage
-Solid vs. run
-Physical specimen who was highly sought out of high school
-Decent edge rush
-Rarely misses tackles, and sometimes his tackles have a nice "pop" to them.
-Stays healthy (missed 1 game I think from turf toe, that's it)
-No character concerns
-High effort, doesn't quit plays.
-Took a solid step forward in 2009 and still has more untapped potential
-Not a big repertoire of pass rush moves
-Doesn't have good hand use, has some trouble disengaging from OL
-Decent but not amazing production (7 sacks and 8.5 TFLs in '09, only 17 sacks and 20 TFL total in 36 career games)
-Looks slow sometimes, maybe turf toe?
-Never really blew me away... looks like a Ruskell 1st round pick.
"Griffen seems like a boom-or-bust prospect at the next level, and I'm not leaning towards "boom."
-Matt McGuire (Walterfootball)
“I think he can be solid. But to be honest, I think he’s a little overrated. I don’t see that explosion off the edge. … He should be a starter, but I’m not sure he’ll ever be a double-digit sack guy at the next level.”
Griffen reminds me a lot of Lawrence Jackson. He's a well rounded, smart player, but his weakness is the area that matters most to a 4-3 DE, his pass rushing ability. Its not that Griffen sucks as a pass rusher, but he's very under-developed and if a player usually hasn't developed pass rush moves by the time they leave college, they probably never will. Griffen was not a major pass rush threat in college and I don't think he'll be one in the pros either. Griffen isn't a bad player, but the Seahawks shouldn't bother drafting a DE unless its a player who is a clear upgrade over Jackson or Tapp. For that reason, I hope the team avoids Griffen, especially in the 1st round.
Posted by Kip Earlywine