The star college player has yet to receive an invite from the NFL.
Shaquem Griffin, UCF's star one-handed linebacker, was one of the best stories in college football in 2017. He was also one of the country's best defensive players.
For some reason, though, it's unclear if Griffin will be at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He hasn't received an invitation yet.
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde detailed the ridiculousness of Griffin's NFL Combine snub in a story today. He asks a simple question, "Why hasn't the NFL invited Shaquem Griffin to the scouting combine?"
There doesn't appear to be a great answer. Griffin, the 2016 American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year and a unanimous all-conference selection this past season, is at the Senior Bowl this week. He should be at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indy next month.
Griffin, of course, isn't pouting. He's faced tougher adversity before.
Ask Griffin about the current combine snub and you get his customary response: a dimply smile and a lot of optimism. He believes an invitation will eventually come his way. He’s really not wired to complain.
This is how the NFL describes its NFL Combine invite process. It makes it seem like the league doesn't believe Griffin will be drafted:
“All 32 NFL teams are invited to provide input on draft-eligible players which is used by the Player Selection Committee to select each year’s participants. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 28 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.”
Maybe Griffin won't be drafted. Still, he should be in Indianapolis.
You can read Yahoo! Sports' full story here.