Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Seahawks draft Shaquem Griffin, twin brother of Shaquill Griffin

Seahawks draft Shaquem Griffin, twin brother of Shaquill Griffin

Don't get me wrong, I'm ecstatic Shaquem got drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and will be reunited with his twin brother Shaquill, but can somebody explain to me how a perennial bad actor like Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway can get drafted ahead of a perennial good guy and great player like Shaquem? There were many who had been clamoring for the team to pair the two in Seattle's defense, wanting it so bad that they nearly seemed disappointed when the Seahawks instead addressed much more pressing needs than outside linebacker in the third and fourth rounds.

"I tell you, it's wonderful".

"It was like I was dreaming", Shaquem said.

"He (Griffin) said to us in our meeting that 'I'm going to run faster than my brother, '" Carroll said.

"It's insane because that process is tough to see all those guys before you", said Griffin, who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash and bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times at the NFL Combine in February. The time tied his brother Shaquill's from last season, something Shaquem had bet would happen. Griffin, on the Seahawks defense, will be joined by his twin brother, Shaquill Griffin, a second-year cornerback for the team.

The Seattle Seahawks chose the University of Central Florida player in the fifth round of the seven-round NFL draft - the mechanism by which teams recruit the best college football prospects to the professional level. "Are you anxious about what team you are going to be in?"

Then the Seahawks got back to business of completing a nine-man draft class that features its share of other feel-good stories and one that has ominous overtones for one of team's most popular players - punter Jon Ryan, who has been with Seattle since 2008 and is the only player left who predates the arrival of Carroll and Schneider in 2010. Just call me Shaquem Griffin the football player.

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Terrell Hinson is from Orlando and is a big UCF fan. If you want me to rush, I will rush and I'll give you everything I got.

Griffin's college coach Scott Frost tweeted "About time", after the pick was made.

The fourth selection of Saturday's fifth round, Griffin was the 14th linebacker taken overall and eighth outside linebacker.

The Griffins decided not to return to the draft venue Saturday, instead waiting to hear the news at a nearby Arlington hotel.

"It was up and down". I literally went into the restroom and my brother busted in and tackled me.

"It's been a really good experience", Shaquem said.

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