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Shaquem Griffin and Josh Allen among winners at NFL Combine in Indianapolis

05 March 2018

Griffin, whose left hand was deformed by a birth defect and then later amputated, shocked the National Football League community and fans by pumping out 20 reps at 225 pounds during the bench press portion of the combine Saturday night.

Griffin's unofficial 4.38 isn't just fast for a person, National Football League player or linebacker.

It was a big weekend for Griffin, who on Saturday did 20 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press, using a prosthetic on his left arm to attach to the bar.

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Griffin is a versatile player who many scouts have projected to be used as an outside linebacker or a safety.

The hand was amputated when he was four years old, the result of a rare condition known as amniotic band syndrome.

NFL Network's Kim Jones reports that "everyone" she spoke with at the NFL Combine agrees that UCF LB Shaquem Griffin will get drafted.

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Griffin, 22, was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year and he helped lead UCF to an undefeated season. He was the (American Athletic) Conference player of the year two years ago. "If I keep doing what I'm doing now, I think I can change a lot of minds and be able to inspire more kids every day I go".

Griffin said he he's playing football because he believes it's his goal. At the end of the day, you have to show people what you can do.

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That versatility will continue throughout the draft process as Griffin plans to go through drills as both a linebacker and a defensive back. "But I'm in the middle and all I can do is finish my job here, work as hard as possible and hopefully they give me a shot". I got a few interceptions against some slots (two in college). "I always hold myself to a higher standard because, if we're doing drills and I drop a ball, it's, 'He dropped the ball because he has one hand'".

Shaquem Griffin and Josh Allen among winners at NFL Combine in Indianapolis