Everson Griffen Ranked Among Top “Under 25″ NFL Prospects

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 24, 2012 – 6:24 am

Earlier this offseason we identified Everson Griffen as one of eight Vikings poised for a breakout season in 2012. As the offseason progressed, it became increasingly clear that we weren’t alone in being excited about Griffen’s NFL future.

Few players this offseason have been on the mind of Vikings fans more than Griffen. The consensus among fans is that Griffen is too talented to not be on the field, and there are a growing number of fans who want to see Griffen make the transition from DE to LB. Whether Griffen is asked to make that switch or not remains to be seen. What is clear, though, is that Griffen is viewed by most as a player on the rise.

The latest illustration of this point comes from Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders (via ESPN Insider). Schatz has pointed to Griffen as one of the NFL’s top 25 prospects under the age of 25. In his study, Schatz analyzed a pool of players with the following criteria: drafted in the 3rd round or later; entered the League between 2009 and 2011; fewer than 5 career games started; still on their rookie contract; and age 26 or younger in 2012.

Of the top 25 players who fit into each of those categories, Schatz ranked Griffen as the 3rd best, behind only Seattle WR Doug Baldwin and New Orleans DE/LB Martez Wilson. Schatz says this of Griffen: “He’s supremely talented, with an explosive burst off the edge and good inside quickness. He provides coverage almost as readily as pass-rushing prowess, which is very important for a team that likes to drop defensive ends into coverage as often as Minnesota does. The Vikings are trying to figure out ways to get Griffen on the field more often, and may use him as a linebacker in some packages next season.”

That analysis of Griffen is a common one among Vikings fans, so we can add Schatz to the growing number of football followers who view Griffen as a talent on the rise.

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18 Responses to “Everson Griffen Ranked Among Top “Under 25″ NFL Prospects”

  1. By Bluebird7 on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Put Everson in at Linebacker. Yes

  2. By Vikings Fan 1981 on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Everson would do fine at linebacker but his size bothers me a little. He ha gor great speed but playing linbacker for the long term just dosent fit him. He is a Defensive End and that is where he should play. Last year they used him as a gunner? I just see the vikings trying to do too many things with him and that will wear him and end his carreer early. Just use him as a defensive end that way he can lay for the next ten years.

  3. By sandiamond on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Give Griffen a shot to win the starting defensive end spot! speed/edge rushers are hot commodites across the nfl. I thought locking in vet/high paid players at their starting position was a thing of the past?

  4. By rory from n.w.ark on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply


  5. By sandiamond on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Griffen looks good in bottle-up short-yard coverage. If the TE’s and Receivers get past him it will be TD time tho

  6. By sandiamond on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

  7. By sandiamond on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    A for effort vs Larry Fitzgerald

  8. By Carl K on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Not too many rookie DB or even good LBs can cover Fitz one one… That is unfair to judge Griffen that way.

    Yes, Griffen needs too work on technique, but I think he is worth the time and reps needed to turn him into a solid OLB.

    I think he looks much better on tape standing up on the outside than inside at DT.
    267 lbs just gets swallowed up up against 300lb olinemen.

  9. By sandiamond on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    That would mean Erin without a job for the vikings. We’ll see about that during pre-season

    If linebacker doesn’t work, what position will they come up with next for EG to tryout?? lol

  10. By Carl K on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    I like the idea of Erin in the middle some and Griffen on the outside some… maybe not all the time, but I would like to see it.

    I am not sure if I like the idea of the same 3 linebackers playing all the time.
    I still have question marks with Brinkley. Sorry.
    Why can’t we mix things up and see what different linebacker packages work and don’t work?

  11. By sandiamond on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply


  12. By sandiamond on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    nevermind carl, not going to rewrite but we are on the same page

    I think Greenway is the man this year to create some turnovers on D!

  13. By Bishop on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Can someone explain to me why Griffen is always being talked about as moving to outside linebacker. Why not try him at middle linebacker. He would absolutely stuff the run and he’s much faster than ej was so his pass coverage should be better. He probably wouldn’t be the defensive playcaller but I’d love to see a 270lb freak athlete destroying rb’s from the MLB spot.

  14. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Griffen playing OLB in base defence then roaming blitzing LB or DE in nickel defence. Have Erin play MLB. Having the 5 best p@ss rushers on the field at the same time could destroy QBs.

  15. By celticvikingwarrior on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Jared Allen needs help from the other side…Brian Robison is an EXCELLENT TEAM PLAYER who has worked very hard and paid his dues for what, 5 years now.. I like him ALOT….
    However the fact remains that we have on our roster a player who is a natural DE and would absolutely excell at that position.
    He should not be penalized, nor should Robison be OVERLY REWARDED for being what he is, an excellent teamate, a very serviceable player, a hard worker who doesn’t complain,but frankly no better than a 2nd stringer, a fill in player on this team….
    What happen to the age old adage of playing the best player’s at their position.
    This is ludicrous at best, and a possible disaster at worst. Jasper Brinkley MORE than proved himself in ’09. An injury in 2010 should NOT be held against him until it’s proven he can not do the job, something I believe will NOT happen, he WILL BE better than fine….
    The coaches and medical stall held him out of OTA’s in an abundence of caution…..he did NOT WHIMP OUT!!!
    This sould NOT be over thought by the powers that be…
    LEAVE GRIFFEN ALONE AT HIS FAR MORE NATURAL POSITION …and put Robison back where he belong’s at 2nd string and fill in player.
    Eight (8) sack’s playing opposite J.A. is NOT AT ALL IMPRESSIVE, IN FACT IN MY OPINION IT’S UNDERACHIEVING……….

  16. By ragnarsbeard on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    I completely agree with celticvikingwarrior, keep the kid at DE. He could be what Ray Edwards never was…a 10+ sack a year DE. Ray was really good against the run and helped us to have the best run D for a few years but…………. with 69 and the Williams Wall, Ray Ray should have had at least 10+ sacks a year


  17. By SoCalVike on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Griffen over Robison

  18. By SouthDakotaVikingsFan on Jul 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think Robison would make a good inside linebacker, he has decent speed and a nose for the ball.

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