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Quentin Griffin

RB | (5-7, 195, 4.43) | Oklahoma
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: School's press guide indicates he has been timed in 4.36, but he does not look like it. Was slated to redshirt in 1999 but wound up playing in the last last five games. Started the last two years. Had 44 carries for 285 yards and four touchdowns and 11 catches for 107 yards and a score as a true freshman. Had 189-783-16 rushing and 45-406-0 receiving in 2000; and 182-884-9 and 55-448-2 in '01, when he missed the Kansas game with a hip pointer. Started 14-of-14 games in '02, carrying 287-1,884-15 with a long of 63. Piled up 134.6 yards per game. Caught 35-264-3 and capped that with a strong workout at the Scouting Combine. Played in a one-back, spread offense that opens things up for the running back.

Positives: Quick to cut back and has good vision, anticipation, make-you-miss, ball security and hands. Fine character. Idolizes Barry Sanders. Griffin is a good worker who plays hurt and has some Sanders-type moves, balance, feet and vision. Griffin is built thick, moves well laterally and is durable and explosive. Good balance and feel for running inside. He finishes runs and catches the ball nicely. Rarely fumbles and has a knack around the goal line.

Negatives: Shorter than teams would like with average power and elusiveness. More quick than fast. Gets overpowered and bounced but is willing. Lacks strength inside but runs well vs. spread out defense. Lacks great second gear. Plays to speed. Despite some very good weight-room numbers and balance, he is not a powerful runner who will break a lot of tackles.

Summary: Could become another Brian Mitchell if he dedicates himself to being a role player. Has the pass-catching skills to help on third downs.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.