Prospect Profile: Everson Griffen's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about USC defensive end Everson Griffen inside.

Everson Griffen
School: USC
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6-3
Weight: 278
Projected 40-Time: 4.68

Star Rating: Grade: 94
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Griffen recorded 8 sacks in his first-year as a starter with USC in '09.
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Strengths: Griffen is an emerging pass rusher who has a rare combination of size and speed, and is just realizing his true potential. He generates a burst off the line, displays balance and body control and has the strength and quickness to gain an advantage against the opposition off the edge. He plays with leverage, has a strong inside spin move and is a factor in the backfield. He’s able to shed blocks with his strong hands and demonstrates the lateral mobility to pursue in space and track down the ballcarrier from behind. He’s a solid tackler who presents proper technique. He’s an intriguing prospect that has the attributes and talent to be great.

Weaknesses: He plays with an inconsistent motor and doesn’t give maximum effort on every down. He relies on his size and strength to beat the opposition and has to develop a larger repertoire of moves. He’s had maturity issues in the past and his work ethic has been questioned.

Steuber Says: A backup during his first two seasons at USC, Griffen completed his first season as a starter in 2009 with 45 tackles, 9.5 for a loss and eight sacks. At 6-foot-3, 278 pounds, Griffen is a gifted athlete whose stock will continue to soar as the draft process continues, because he will shine during workouts and showcase his elite attributes. But having a sensational workout and being a consistent force during a game are two different instances. Griffen flashed great ability this past season, but is still raw and developing his overall game. On draft day, Griffen will be a hot commodity and a sure first round selection. A team will be intrigued with his upside and could over-draft him; he could go as high as No. 8 to Oakland, and the worst-case scenario could land him in Atlanta at No. 19.

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