History has been made at the 2018 NFL Draft, as the Seattle Seahawks have selected UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin with the 141st pick in the fifth round. Griffin joins teammates Mike Hughes, Tre’Quan Smith and Jordan Adkins as UCF players picked in the draft.

With Griffin being selected by the Seahawks, the former Knights’ edge rusher joins his brother, Shaquill, who currently plays for Seattle. Griffin, who is a congenital amputee, became the story of the draft before it even began. Playing with one hand for most of his life, Griffin has answered the bell on every level and this past 2017 season proved to be no different.

Griffin was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, and racked up 74 tackles with seven sacks during another productive season in 2017 which saw UCF go undefeated and defeat Auburn 34-27 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

Griffin was another key player for the Knights on the defensive side of the ball and despite playing with only one hand, performed well in pre-workouts leading up to the draft. The UCF linebacker wowed NFL scouts with his strength, benching 225 pounds 20 times and had the top 40-time of any linebacker at the NFL combine.

Amongst other UCF players that are awaiting to hear their names potentially called to the podium in rounds 4-7 are linebacker Chequan Burkett, offensive linemen Chavis Dickey and Aaron Evans and defensive linemen Tony Guerad, Josh Ogidie, Seyvon Lowry and Jamiyus Pittman.

The NFL Draft continues today in Dallas, Texas at AT&T Stadium. Today concludes the final day of the draft.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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