I saw two USC games this year: vs Notre Dame and Ohio State..and they just happen to be his best performances of the year.
Everybody talks about Brandon Graham and Jerry Hughes and rightfully so, they had great seasons as well. But Griffen is quietly having a great offseason too. He's bigger and faster than both Graham and Hughes. Plus, he left USC early as a Junior. Griffen also is comfortable standing up, lining up in the 3-point stance, and dropping into coverage.
Griffen measures at 6-3 273 and ran a 4.66 forty. It's been well established that McCloughan LOVES size and athleticism particularly in the 1st round. Is Griffen a darkhorse for one of the 49ers 1st round picks? There's no talk of extending Lawson yet, Brooks is on a one year deal (his play could drop off because he has no extension yet either), and Haralson really should be a part time player, imo (but that's another story)
02/28/2010 - USC DE Everson Griffen NFL Combine Media Transcript: 6-foot-3, 273 pounds..."I had a couple of meetings last night and coaches asked me if I'm willing to play 3-4 and I said, ???of course, what ever you need me at, all play.'" I played it on certain calls, like third-down calls. I dropped, the buzz drop, like hot two drops. So I did a variety of things at USC. What is a buzz drop? Buzz drop is when I drop underneath the number one receiver, underneath the numbers, take away the quick routes, the hook route, the curl, the hitch. Just give me the chance. I'm not going to say ... yeah I feel like I can play the outside linebacker position. What do you expect to run in the 40? 4.5. Is that realistic? Oh yeah, 100% realistic. You'll see when the time comes.