It finally happened, the one-handed phenom was finally drafted into the NFL earlier after much fanfare and hype about his prospects. Shaquem Griffin became the first one handed player to be drafted by a National Football League team after being chosen by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round. The linebacker had his hand amputated when he was four, having been born with an illness which prevented the hands from developing.
The 22 year old joins his brother Shaquill, a cornerback, in Seattle. Shaquem Griffin was in presence in Dallas to hear his name called in the 2018 NFL Draft. He starred at college level, winning his conference’s defensive player of the year award in 2016 and playing at an unbeaten University of Central Florida team last season.
He accumulated attention in the National Football League Blend in March when he ran the fastest 40 yard dash for a linebacker since 2003. Griffin also bench pressed 225lb 20 times, 3 more than his identical twin succeeded, having attached a prosthetic hand on the pub. Present NFL stars JJ Watt and Von Miller were among those to react in awe on social media. He said before the project: I wish to show the whole world, no matter one hand, two hands, even if you are a basketball player, you simply play basketball.
University of Oklahoma, defender Baker Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy for the best college player, was the first choice of the 2018 draft on Thursday. The Cleveland Brown chose Mayfield, 23, to kick off a draft regarded as one of the strangest in latest history of quarterback as four of the top 10 players taken were QBs. Cleveland also had the 4th choose in the draft and chose to take cornerback Denzel Ward of Ohio State. Penn State Running Back Saquon Barkley went second overall to the NY Giants, and a quarter of the University of Southern California Sam Darnold was picked 3rd by the NY Jets.
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