Safety in Numbers: Another visit confirmed

The San Diego Chargers recently held a private meeting with one of the nation's top safeties, a player who has been tied to the Bolts in many a mock draft. A semi-finalist for the Lott Trophy in 2006, given to the impact defensive player of the year, this hard-nosed specimen knows how to intimidate running backs and confuse quarterbacks. He may be the final piece in the Chargers' defensive puzzle.

SDBoltReport.com has confirmed that Michael Griffin (6-foot, 195 lbs.) visited Chargers Park on Tuesday, April 3rd, a day after meeting with the Detroit Lions. Griffin proved his worth against top competition during his four years at the University of Texas. His career totals include 364 tackles (including 15 for a loss), 23 pass break-ups and eight interceptions.

His contributions came on special teams as well, where he chipped in 48 tackles and an amazing eight blocked punts, the second-best total on the NCAA all-time list.

"The team that drafts me will get all of me, 110 percent of me," Griffin said. "I'll be out there trying to make plays and being a team player, helping the team win."

In San Diego, he would compete with Bhawoh Jue for the starting strong safety job. He has the athleticism and football IQ necessary to improve a pass defense that ranked No. 13 in 2006 despite the benefit of the league's most ferocious pass rush.

Griffin has likely cemented his status as a first-round pick with his strong offseason. He was particularity impressive at the Senior Bowl, proving to be the top safety in attendance. He was great against the run, delivering big hits in the box and chasing down running backs from sideline to sideline. He also stood out in pass defense, disguising which coverage had been called and diagnosing plays quickly after the snap.

At the Senior Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks all met with Griffin early in the week. He indicated he had met with several other teams as well, with the Chargers believed to be among them.

Given San Diego's continued interest, it is likely the team views Griffin as the Donovin Darius-type it hoped it was getting in Terrence Kiel back in 2003. Griffin, however, will make no such comparisons.

"I feel like it would be an insult to try to compare myself to anybody. I just try to be myself," he said.

As humble as he is talented, Griffin is one of the favorites to be drafted by the Chargers at the bottom of round one.


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