After not initially receiving an invitation to Indianapolis, the star linebacker from Central Florida has impressed in workouts. His official 4.38 in the 40-yard dash is the fastest time for a linebacker going back to 2006, the first year ESPN Stats & Information began documenting 40 times at the combine. And only two other 2018 draft prospects -- wide receivers D.J. Chark (4.34) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (4.37) -- have had faster times this week.
Griffin also finished with 20 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, using a prosthetic on his left arm to attach to the bar Saturday.
Both are notable marks as Griffin attempts to become the first player with one hand to be drafted in the league's modern era, according to the NFL. Griffin had his left hand amputated when he was 4 years old because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition.
Reactions have poured in from across the NFL, starting with Griffin's twin brother, Shaquill, a cornerback with the Seahawks, and including some of the league's biggest defensive stars, Hall of Famers and more:
Shaquem Griffin killing it.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 4, 2018
Shaquem Griffin was flying 😳😳 he 4.38 lol he not messing around!!!— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) March 4, 2018
If @Shaquemgriffin doesn't get drafted in the first two days the system is broken. Productive and performed well at the combine. Played well against high level competition.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 4, 2018
🙏🏽 boy the truth https://t.co/OoTRYuWoJJ— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) March 4, 2018
I love it! https://t.co/azpvURTKmz— Kwon Alexander (@kwon) March 4, 2018
I want this guy , I need this guy = BEAST !!!! https://t.co/rc3FCMqWgI— OJ Howard 80 ™ (@TheRealOjHoward) March 4, 2018
4.38 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀. Shaquem griffin is ridiculous #NFLCombine2018— carl lawson (@carllawson55) March 4, 2018
I'm a fan! Keep faith and defeat all odds! https://t.co/2HrEcd8WIW— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) March 4, 2018
Gods Plan https://t.co/KqDiXhY6Wl— Jody Breeze (@Blafell1) March 4, 2018
Everyone please remove can't from your vocabulary!! https://t.co/MAaDwqvhxw— Ian Williams (@IWilliams95) March 4, 2018