On Friday, the Seattle Seahawks drafted University of Central Florida cornerback Shaquill Griffin with the 90th-overall pick in the third round. Shaquill, twin brother of 2016-17 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year Shaquem Griffin, becomes the 36th Knight to be drafted to the National Football League.
In his final season with UCF last year, the St. Petersburg, Florida, native made the All-AAC Second Team. He finished with a team-high four interceptions and broke up school record-tying 15 passes. Shaquill also notched 50 tackles, three for loss.
Shaquill recorded 125 tackles, 36 pass deflections and seven interceptions, including two for touchdowns, for UCF. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, the fourth-fastest time of the 50 defensive backs there. Shaquill also ranked second in the broad jump with a 132-inch hop and third in the vertical jump with a 38.5-inch leap.
The Lakewood High School alumnus is the 14th UCF player to be selected in the first three rounds and the 11th defensive back to join an NFL team. Josh Robinson, selected with 66th-overall pick in the 2012 draft, and current UCF defensive-backs coach Travis Fisher, selected with the 64th-overall pick in the 2002 draft, are so far the only UCF defensive backs drafted ahead of Shaquill.