NFL Notes: Shaquem Griffin, Draft, Seahawks


Shaquem Griffin

  • According to Tom Pelissero, Central Florida LB Shaquem Griffin‘s draft stock is continuing to improve after his Pro Day performance and could be a fourth-round prospect.
  • One scout told Pelissero that Griffin looked “fluid” in defensive back drills and views him as a potential starter, while one GM believes Griffin is a “third- or fourth-down” player since he has not graded well as a run defender.


  • Lance Zierlein of NFL Media writes that Alabama WR Calvin Ridley is “widely considered” the top receiver available and Maryland’s D.J. Moore‘s stock has been rising, but some organizations feel that Memphis’ Anthony Miller could be one of the “safer” pick, given that he could line up as an outside or slot receiver.
  • Central Florida WR Tre’Quan Smith has already completed private workouts for the Lions and Buccaneers and has a workout scheduled with the Cowboys. Smith will also take an official-30 visit to the Giants.
  • Central Florida DL Antonio Guerad spent time with both the Chargers and Colts following his Pro Day on Friday.
  • Central Florida OL Aaron Evans also spent “significant time” with the Chargers and Colts after his Pro Day and is set to take an official-30 visit to see the Chargers and Chiefs in April.
  • As for Central Florida TE Jordan Akins was worked out by two Lions’ executives at his Pro Day and has private workouts are scheduled with the Saints and Chargers. According to Pauline, Akins is currently on his way to Kansas City to visit the Chiefs for an official visit while the Jets are showing “a lot of interest” as well.
  • Pauline also reports that the receivers coaches for the Eagles, Saints, Cowboys, and Ravens attended SMU’s Pro Day to observe WR Courtland SuttonSutton met with the Eagles and Saints prior to his Pro Day and met with the Titans “at length” following his workout. Pauline mentions that the Ravens are also showing “a lot of interest” in Sutton.
  • SMU edge rusher Justin Lawler has official-30 visits set with the Rams and Buccaneers.


Seahawks GM John Schneider mentioned during an interview with ESPN 710 AM in Seattle on Friday that he doesn’t view the changes being made to their roster as a rebuild and feels as though it’s more of a reset.

“It’s a constant reset every single year, it doesn’t stop,” Schneider said. “When I say ‘reset’ people are like, ‘Well it’s a rebuild.’ We’re not rebuilding; it’s just a reset.”

Schneider added that people need to “trust the process.”

“We’ve got some pretty good players on this football team,” Schneider said. “And there’s a lot of young players that people don’t necessarily — they haven’t heard their names yet … Tedric Thompson was one of our best special teams players this last year. He didn’t get to play much at strong safety. Kam was one of our best special teams players the first year he played. He didn’t get to play strong safety because Lawyer [Milloy] was here. Trust the process, man.”

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