The 2010 NIKE Football Training Camp season kicks off in Miami this weekend. To celebrate the start of its sixth season covering camps across the country, the Rivals.com AMP team scours its video archives and highlights the best camp performances we have seen at each position group. Check out the...[details]
A thick, well-built defensive end with a muscular lower half and good overall bulk to his frame, Griffen displays a good initial burst off the line and does a nice job getting off the snap count on time. He has the explosion to get on top of opposing tackles quickly toward the edge but has a tendency to get too upright when trying to flatten out and is too easily pushed past the pocket. Griffen is physical enough at times to get away with it at the college level, but he doesn't look like a guy who has the pure initial speed to reach the corner at the next level. But he does a nice job lowering his pad level, extending his arms into contact and delivering a strong initial jolt on contact as a bull-rush guy. He plays with leverage and has the ability to consistently collapse the pocket from the outside. He showcases a sudden counter-move on the edge, does a nice job taking tackles upfield and breaks off a coordinated and quick spin move inside toward the quarterback. Griffen displays powerful hands and has some suddenness as a pass rusher when trying to slip blocks on the outside. He possesses good closing speed in space but looks a bit stiff and lumbers at times. But he can track the ball away from his frame. He does a nice job sitting into his stance vs. the run and trying to find the ball, but he struggles to consistently diagnose plays when he's run at and also has trouble shedding blocks. Griffen isn't a guy who can stack and shed and gets hung up on blocks for too long once a lineman gets his hands on him. But he does exhibit a good initial punch to create space for himself on contact and has the athletic ability to redirect back toward the ball. Overall, he's a thick, powerful defensive end who has some get-off burst, can collapse the pocket and showcases above-average shiftiness in space. But he doesn't play the run well, struggles to stack and shed and doesn't display the closing speed/flexibility to flatten out around the edge in the NFL. He looks like a guy who could end up maturing into a starter, but I don't see him being an impact edge rusher.