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Justin Griffith

SELECTED BY DALLAS , ROUND 4, PICK 25, OVERALL PICK 121
RB | (5-11, 232, 4.6) | Mississippi State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Carried three times for nine yards and a touchdown in the 1998 opener and then redshirted. Started every game at fullback in '99, carrying 62-196-5 and catching 37 passes for 380 yards and a pair of scores. Played both fullback and tailback in 2000, with his only start coming at fullback. Carried 44-136-2 and caught 19-240-2. Started three games in '01 and played in five. Griffith injured his neck in Game Three and tried to come back, but he reinjured it and had to have surgery to remove bone spurs. Injured his ankle against Kansas State but didn't miss a start. In '02, started every game as a senior, when he led the team in rushing with 91-471-2. Also caught 19-199-0. Plays a little bit like ex-Georgia FB Verron Haynes.

Positives: Undersized but thick and powerfully built with excellent upper-body strength. Did more reps (29) of 225 than any other fullback at the Scouting Combine. Has quick feet and movements. Knows the game. Had low test scores but is an honor-roll student. Runs low and level with great determination that often moves the pile. Is not a dummy out of the backfield and actually has soft, natural hands. Has some tailback-type pick-and-slide ability. Makes adjustments to the ball well and has a feel for the passing game. Shows balance and a low center of gravity as a lead blocker. Could be a one-back or a tailback in a power-type offense.

Negatives: Lacks size, and at times that will limit him as a blocker. Does not have the speed or the make-you-miss ability scouts look for at tailback. Feet stop upon collision as a lead blocker. Not a great knock-you-back fullback.

Summary: Doesn't have the size of a conventional fullback, but he is a willing blocker who is also capable of running in a single-back power set.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.