One of the most unique storylines in Reese’s Senior Bowl history will play out this week as UCF LB Shaquem Griffin looks to prove to dozens of NFL scouts that he can play in the NFL with only one hand. The former American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year received a late invitation to the annual all-star game, and is determined to make the very most of it.
Shaquill Griffin, who played with his brother at UCF, was a third-round pick of the Seahawks last year and became a starter.
If I get drafted higher than him, he’s going to hear about it for the rest of his life, Shaquem joked.
Wyoming QB Josh Allen is one of the top attractions at the Senior Bowl this week, but as a small-school prospect whose production fell off in his final college season, he believes he’s got much to prove in Mobile.
Senior Bowl players will wear GPS-tracking chips beginning this year, a technology which will provide coaches with additional information about their practice performances. … Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph, who will miss practices due to an injury, will nevertheless stay in Mobile for a couple days to go through the weigh-in and conduct interviews.
The development comes a day after the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes diversity in NFL front offices and coaching staffs, asked the league to investigate whether the Raiders potentially reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing minority candidates. The Rooney Rule requires NFL teams interview at least one minority candidate for coaching jobs.
However, during Gruden’s introductory news conference Tuesday, Raiders owner Mark Davis said he met with Gruden in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, and felt pretty confident that he was all-in after their meeting.
…That’s the term that we were using in our discussions and everything, are you all-in? And I never wavered from all-in. And this time he didn’t waver, either, Davis said.
Wyche reported on NFL Network’s Up to the Minute Live that the revised timeline of Gruden’s hiring led to the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s investigation request.