Shaquem Griffin Pick in 4th Round By Seahawks, Reunited With Brother

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Shaquem, whose twin brother Shaquill was selected by the Seahawks in the third round past year, was in attendance at Dallas' AT&T Stadium to hear his name called at the 2018 NFL Draft.

It was a long wait for Griffin, but the former University of Central Florida linebacker finally got the call from the Seahawks with the news that he would be the 141st overall selection in the 2018 National Football League draft's fifth round.

Griffin plays with one hand after having his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition.

Shaquem will become the team's weakside linebacker. He also posted 20 reps on the 225-pound bench press while using a prosthetic hand.

Exactly the sort of player the Seahawks seem to find; they drafted his twin brother, Shaquill, out of UCF a year ago. "It was in God's hands", Shaquem said on ESPN during the draft.

He excelled at the college level, winning his conference's defensive player of the year award in 2016 and then starring for an unbeaten team last season.

"I made sure I kept his name fresh in that building", said Shaquill, who started 11 games for Seattle past year. "When I saw that, I jumped over everybody else on the floor and went to the bathroom", Shaquill said. "And they doubt me now at this specific stage", Griffin said. Shaquill said he lobbied the Seattle coaching and scouting staff to pick his brother.

By the end of Friday night, Shaquem was the lone invited player still waiting to hear his name called.

I hope I am an inspiration for people, to see I can do whatever I want. With a sort of "middle of the pack" performance for Seattle last season, coming into the new year there is a possibility that Shaquem has the opportunity to make an impact on defense right away.

"It's insane because that process is tough to see all those guys before you", said Griffin, who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash and bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times at the NFL Combine in February.

Now the two are reunited, with Seattle selecting Griffin with the No. 141 pick in the draft.

"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.

Yet there is one aspect of Griffin's game that can not be measured - his drive to prove his doubters wrong.