Shaquem Griffin runs fastest 40-yard dash for a LB in more than a decade

His official 4.38 was the fastest since Stanford's Jon Alston back in 2006. Scouts said even before the 40 time that Griffin appeared to be NFL-ready as a situational pass rusher.

Kahron Spearman

Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin - who was a late add, despite his highly productive college career and Senior Bowl performance - ran a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash Sunday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. 

It's the fastest time for a linebacker in more than a decade.

Stanford's Jon Alston held the previous record for linebackers, with a 4.40 in 2006, the first time ESPN Stats & Info began recording 40 times at the combine.

They said he couldnt play football without a hand. He played. They said he couldnt play big-time college football. He did. They said he probably shouldnt be invited to the combine. He was. Shaquem Griffin just ran the fastest 40 for a linebacker in 15 years.

Darren Rovell
Sports Business Reporter, ESPN

Griffin's 4.38 came in his first attempt at the 40 - which was also hand-timed at 4.38, 4.38, and 4.40. He ran a 4.58 in his second attempt. Griffin's twin brother and Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Shaquill, also ran a 4.38 at last year's combine. 

Griffin lost left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. But that didn't stop him from becoming a prep star, and a standout at Central Florida.

The time topped off a weekend where he'd already wowed onlookers with 20 reps on the 225lb bench press.