Studwell On Griffen: “Too Much Ability To Pass”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2010 – 8:51 am

The Vikings got to work early on Day 3 of the 2010 NFL Draft by using their only (as of now) 4th round draft pick on Everson Griffen, a 6-3, 273-pound DE from USC. Griffen was projected to go much higher in this year’s draft, but concerns of inconsistency may have hurt his draft stock, according to

Speaking with reporters immediately after the pick, Vikings Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell acknowledged the concerns that come with Griffen, but also expressed excitement and optimism about adding a player as talented as Griffen to the roster.

“He’s got all the athletic traits that we’re looking for in a defensive lineman,” Studwell said. “He can play on both sides, he can probably also go inside on nickel. He can run, he’s athletic.

“The consistency level has to improve somewhat in his play. There were games where he was a first round pick and games when he would disappear. But he’s got great value where we took and I think he’ll blossom as a pro.”

Studwell said the Vikings were confident that tutelage from DL coach Karl Dunbar and the presence of players such as Jared Allen and Kevin Williams in the meeting room will help Griffen improve and blossom as an NFL player.

The selection of Griffen is another example of the Vikings sticking to their philosophy of drafting the best available player and not drafting based on need. Studwell said Griffen was the highest-rated player on their board at the time and they decided to move on him even though DE wasn’t a position of need.

“It wasn’t a priority position for us,” Studwell said. “We’ve got some pretty good defensive ends on our team right now. But he just had too much ability to pass.”

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12 Responses to “Studwell On Griffen: “Too Much Ability To Pass””

  1. By Arrowhead on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    so he can act as a DT too?

  2. By jbork88 on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    ya, if he can’t act as a DT I see this as a waste

  3. By jbork88 on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    but granted he was a trojan

  4. By GreenMezz on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    He can pash rush from DT position in nickel situations.

  5. By Roger on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t argue with this or any of the picks so far. Obviously, the character issues are a concern. I’d like to see some OL interior depth added yet. I’d like to see an OLB as well. Maybe we are at the point where the Vikings will be considering a QB as well. The big QB from Holy Cross looks intriguing. Almost forgot, we need DT help too. I ‘m happy with our selections so far.

  6. By Spanky on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    we need a center one with some size!!!

  7. By Swag4Life on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    lmao? i hate clueless viking fans man i hate the viking fans that dont know football Everson Griffin is a prototype 4-3 base zone cover 2 pass rushing specialst DE who we want have to force into the fray right away barring injury obviously with Ray Edwards possibly only staying for 1 more year this is grea insurance for us hes a great 9 technique guy who can rush the passer and will be a specilast this year as he refines his entire game……..BUT LMAO@WASTE PICK GOD I HATE YOU FANS WHO DONT NO FOOTBALL YOUR EMBARASSING THE FANS WHO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By GreenMezz on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Swag, no reason to be a hater. This is a fan site and everyone is entitled to their opinion. Maybe if you were hitting the KB instead of swag all the time, you’d be in a better mood. Oh, and check your punctuation…so when you’re dissing fellow Vikings fans, they can at least understand you.

  9. By Jack Hammer on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Methinks Edwards (and another player or pick) will be traded for Haynesworth.

  10. By Josh on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    this is a great pick.

  11. By kori-ks-viking fan on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    griffen will make an excellent third down rusher at defensive tackle, no offense to williams wall but their forte is not running after players like mcnabb and getting into the faces of brees and manning, who we will be facing this year. good pick, i hope we get the first round griffen.

  12. By Jack Hammer on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Please pick Newberry College WR, Kelton Tindal.

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