Scouting Report-In a draft where good 4-3 ends are in short supply, Griffen gets a little overrated. He's got nice size and shows nice athleticism. Griffen is sort of an example in contraditctions. I've to sit here and say he has great range and explosion off the football because in some games he does. But in others, he doesn't show either. I'd like to say that he's agile and playes with excellent leverage because I've seen that as well but not every week. I guess what I am trying to say is Griffen is very inconsistent. One game he can look like Julius Peppers and the next Sgt. Pepper. I've seen him drop into coverage and makes me wonder if he could play a 3-4 OLB, and then the next week he looks soft as butter against the run, and no motor and I think he's not there. The team that takes Griffen is going to have to learn to live with his good games and his bad games, and just hope that the flashes he's showing means he's got tons of potential or is he just hot and cold.
Draft Status-Griffen looks to be a guy who's going to show up at the Scouting Combine and workouts and light it up, because he is an excellent athlete. His potential is going to wow teams and so I expect him to end up somewhere in the back half of the first round. If this were a better 4-3 DE group, he might not be so fortunate.
Final Analysis-I want to like Griffen as a prospect, because some games he dominates. I think he's more athlete than football player at this point. He's got some character issues and some real issues about effort. You see it in the mental parts of his game. He doesn't anticipate well, doesn't read plays well, and just looks a little lost out there. But on the flip side, he can flat get after the quarterback, and finishes the playe with big hits. I think there are much safer DE picks in this draft, but I suppose if you want an all or nothing guy who could end up a star, and don't mind if he doesn't, Griffen might be your guy.
Reminds me of: Antwon Odom, DE Cincinnati Bengals-Both athleteic big guys who don't always maintain quality intensity and play a little soft, especially against the run. You can see this year, Odom is finally starting to get it, and putting up nice sack numbers, and Griffen has that kind of potential as well, but he'll have to "get it" too.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy