Marcus Griffin Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||5'10 - 201 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Marcus Griffin, FS, Texas
Texas has made a habit of producing defensive backs named Griffin that go on to the NFL; this year will produce another one. In 2006, it was Cedric who went in the second round to the Vikings. Last year, it was Michael, who went in the first round to the Titans. In 2008, Michael's twin brother Marcus will hear his name called. While Michael was on the fast track to being a high draft pick, Marcus was trying to work his way into being a key player for the Longhorns. After walking on, he red shirted in 2003 and then in his first two years of action, he spent time on defense and on special teams, making 42 tackles. It wasn't until his junior season that he cracked the starting lineup, finally getting a chance to start alongside his brother. He had a breakout season, making 90 tackles and an interception to go with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a senior, though, he's really come into his own. He came into the season rated as the nation's top senior safety by renowned analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. and backed it up with 97 tackles, 3 INTs, five pass breakups, and a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. As a result, he was named first-team All-Big 12 and an ESPN.com All-American. As shown by his tackle numbers over the last two seasons, Griffin's specialty is tackling, not covering. However, the fact that he did post his best interception and pass breakup number this season is something to take note of and shows that he can at least be an adequate cover man on the next level, if not better. He doesn't have that ideal size that some scouts and coaches might like for matchups with bigger receivers on the next level, but his toughness and all-around physicality is an asset in that respect. With a little more bulking up, he could help himself more in that area and also in being a punisher in the secondary. He'll find a place on the field because of his nose for the ball and because he's a smart player (he's garnered several academic honors during his college career) who will work his hardest to improve in his areas of weakness and get the best out his strengths, ability, and potential. He could very well go at the end of Day 1 or a little higher, but he may wind up going early on Day 2. Update (12/28/07): Griffin finished his senior season with two tackles and an interception in Texas' 52-34 win over Arizona State in Thursday night's Holiday Bowl. Griffin fell just one tackle short of a triple-digit tackle year, recording 99 tackles in 13 games, with last night's interception being his fourth of the season. Update (2/13/08): In last month's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Griffin recorded four tackles (two solo, two assists) for the South team in their 17-16 victory. Currently, Griffin is projected as a third-rounder by NFLDraftScout.com and is the third free safety on the board, behind Miami's Kenny Phillips and Alabama's Simeon Castille. He'll be participating in next week's combine in Indianapolis and after that, he'll have one more chance to improve his draft stock at Texas' Pro Day on March 19th. Update (3/14/08): At last month's combine, Griffin ran a disappointing 4.69 40-yard dash, but had solid times of 4.32 and 7.09 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill respectively. He still could wind up going in the first three rounds, but heading into Texas' Pro Day (which is on the 19th) he's projected as a middle-round pick by NFL Draft Scout and NFL Draft Countdown.
Last Updated Mar-14-2008 by Joel Welser
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