Seahawks select UCF LB Shaquem Griffin in the 5th round

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"The 6'0", 227-pound linebacker from the University of Central Florida had his left hand amputated when he was only four years old, due to a rare condition.

The Seattle Seahawks selected Griffin with the 141st overall pick in the fifth round Saturday.

Shaquem Griffin has overcome an incredible amount of adversity to be where he is now, and that included attending the NFL Draft in person waiting to hear his name called.

Shaquem's brother, Shaquill, who turned down bigger college offers so he could play with his brother at Central Florida, was drafted in the third round by the Seahawks last season. And they continued throughout this whole process to let me know how much they loved my brother, how much they loved my family.

"Having my brother beside me and to have competition with him, I knew what my ability was and I knew what I could do", Shaquem Griffin said.

"Everybody thinks it is a sentimental story, but Shaquem Griffin doesn't think like that", Griffin said.

'If I can get to a practice, that's when everyone is going to see who I really am. All of these assets will be important for him and the Seahawks if he wants to see playing time in a newly revamped NFC West division. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the American Athletic Conference in 2016 after registering 12 sacks.

"He was just so expressive and so open to tell his story and tell what this opportunity meant to him in a way that moved us all", Carroll said.

Griffin received a late invite to the National Football League scouting combine and he posted head-turning numbers including a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash, one of the fastest times for a linebacker at the combine.

Shaquem Griffin was born with amniotic band disorder, according to the Seattle Times. Shaquill picked up Shaquem's - who was in the bathroom - cellphone and immediately recognized the Seattle area code. He started every game in his final two seasons at UCF, recording 154 tackles and a staggering 30 tackles for loss to go along with 17 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and 13 pass breakups. "And I'm going to keep proving people wrong because I have a lot of people to prove wrong - a lot of doubters".