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Titans GM Jon Robinson Visits with UCF's Shaquem Griffin


ORLANDO – There's a sprawling swimming pool here at the Ritz-Carlton, site of the NFL's owners meetings.

But the day before the meetings got into full swing, Titans general manager Jon Robinson had no interest in working on his tan.

"Why just sit around the pool?," Robinson said on Monday morning. "Why not go get a little work done?"

Robinson instead used the day to spend time with Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin. A Lyft driver picked him up on Sunday, and he spent the afternoon getting to know the inspiring NFL draft hopeful even better before meetings began last night.

"Great visit, great kid," Robinson said of Griffin. "He's intelligent, knew all the calls. He has a lot of passion for the game. You can see he's a leader, someone that guys would follow and rally around him. We had a good visit."

Griffin is attempting to become the first player with one hand to be drafted in the league's modern era, according to the NFL. Griffin made a strong case for himself in front of NFL personnel at the NFL Combine last month.

Using a prosthetic on his left arm, Griffin hammered out 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. The special prosthesis allowed him to grip the barbell, and after he put it on and had it attached to the weight, he began lifting.

Griffin then ran an official time of 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. It was the fastest time for a linebacker going back to 2006, the first year ESPN Stats & Information began documenting 40 times at the combine.

Griffin's twin brother Shaquill made a pre-draft visit to the Titans last year and is a cornerback with the Seahawks.

Robinson didn't put Griffin through an on-field workout on Sunday. His Pro Day at the school is scheduled for a couple of days, and the Titans are expected to be among the teams on hand.

But Robinson spent time with Griffin in a classroom setting, watching film and getting to know him better on a personal and professional level.

At the NFL Combine, Griffin said he's just hoping for a shot, whether it comes at linebacker or safety.

Griffin finished the 2017 season with 74 tackles, which included 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also recorded an interception, three pass breakups, and nine QB hurries while recovering two fumbles and forcing two fumbles.

"He was a really good player as a young kid, a junior," Robinson said. "He made a lot of tackles. He followed it up with a good senior season. I think just getting to know him, he's a really neat guy.

"Shaquem is a good guy. He has a bright future in this league."

Titans GM Jon Robinson and new head coach Mike Vrabel make media rounds at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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