Griffin is the second safety the Cowboys have shown interest in this off-season. Dallas also visited Florida earlier this month check on Reggie Nelson.
Bio: Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 126/4/10. Blocked four kicks as a junior and accumulated 124 tackles. |
Pos: Explosive safety who is an intimidating force in centerfield. Diagnoses the action, fires up the field in run defense and aggressively lays his shoulders into ball handlers. Displays outstanding sideline-to-sideline range and gets to the flanks to help cornerbacks. Shows a burst of speed and ability to recover. Wraps up tackling and punishes opponents. Terrific special-teams player.
Neg: Has tackles broken. Occasionally shows some hesitation to his game. At times is too quick moving up the field.
As a senior with the Longhorns, Griffin recorded 126 total tackles.
The good news for Cowboys fans is that Griffin is likely a second round pick. While he could move up to the top of the second round with a good showing during his Pro Day, most analysts view him as a second round prospect after a somewhat disappointing senior season.
With decent size, good speed and the potential to have good coverage skills, Griffin would be ideal in complimenting the hard-hitting Roy Williams at strong safety.
Dallas has been burned in the downfield passing game in recent years due to Williams playing close to the line of scrimmage, not to mention poor coverage from the free safety position.
The Cowboys drafted Florida State's Patrick Watkins in the fifth round of last year's draft, but Watkins was largely inconsistent and may be best suited for a reserve role. In addition, one time starter Keith Davis is more in the mold of Williams as opposed to a free safety with coverage skills.
The Cowboys are also considering moving Anthony Henry from cornerback to free safety if no help is added either in the draft or free agency.
Griffin is currently ranked as the No. 3 overall safety available in the 2007 NFL Draft by Scout.com. LSU's Laron Landry is ranked No. 1, followed by Florida's Nelson and Griffin.
The Cowboys are believed to be looking for help at wide receiver and free safety with their top two selections in this year's draft.