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Like everything else that has been a testament to the perseverance of Shaquem Griffin's football career, the NFL draft's waiting process couldn't beat him either.

The 22-year-old University of Central Florida linebacker became the first one-handed player to be drafted into the NFL after being picked by the Seattle Seahawks on the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.

Drafting Shaquem Griffin is the flawless illustration of why the Seahawks have been one of the NFL's model organizations over the last several years. So when a phone call from the Seattle area code came across Shaquem's phone on Saturday, Shaquill knew he had to get his brother's attention immediately. "I didn't know what to say".

"He played real well, I like how he did everything", Hinson said.

At just over 6-foot and 227 pounds, Griffin ran a 4.38 40 at the NFL Combine, the fastest of any linebacker there.

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. He is an inspiration to all people and the message within his story is never give up when adversity knocks on the door, keep striving, working hard, and have faith in everything that you do.


"It's tough thinking that you're one of the top players in the draft and having good tape and everything like that, just having to wait", Hurst said.

The 2016 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, he racked up 33.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks in his final two seasons, standing out as a pass rusher and in pass coverage. "Great job @Seahawks Congrats @ShaquemGriffin & @ShaquillG".

"I made sure I kept his name fresh in that building", Shaquill said.

"It's unbelievable just to be here right now, I couldn't ask for more, " Shaquem Griffin said. "I'm glad they made this happen". I just couldn't hold it, ' he told ESPN. "We're going to count on him to be a big factor on special teams, which he has shown us that he has a great knack for".

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Shaquem Griffin had walked away from his cellphone, on his way to use the restroom, when it buzzed. Considered by many scouts to be a first-round talent, Hurst, fell all the way to the fifth round (140th overall) before being taken by the Raiders. "Irrelevant" was a tradition started in 1976 by former Colts and 49ers receiver Paul Salata, a 10th-round pick in the 1951 draft.

Bob Glauber has covered the National Football League since 1985 and has been Newsday's National Football League columnist since 1992.


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