The Denver Broncos philosophy of “best player available” may ring true with their first selection of the fourth round, Running Back Quentin Griffin from Oklahoma.
Griffin possesses many of the same qualities as Clinton Portis, good hands combined with good field knowledge and the ability to make sharp decisive cuts. At 5-7, 195 lbs. he’s also known for outstanding pass catching ability, ranking third in Oklahoma history for touchdown catches.
Quick Facts: Ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash...355-pound bench press...465-pound squat...38.5-inch vertical jump.
Powerfully built, compact runner with good hands and pass-catching ability...Very effective between-the-tackles back who has that suddenness to plant and drive...Has good instincts in the open and will lower his pads downfield to get that extra yardage...Quick turning the corner, taking proper angles down the sidelines...Has ability to change gears in an instant...Gets into his routes quickly, showing fine turn-&-run action after the catch...Aggressive blocker...The compactly built runner made his mark in the Sooners' record books with stellar performances throughout his career... Preferred to let his actions on the field speak for his ability...Set a school record with at least one reception in 33 games...Carried 702 times for 3756 yards (5.4 avg) and 44 touchdowns during his career...Only Billy Sims (3813, 1975-79), Steve Owens (3867, 1967-69) and Joe Washington (3995, 1972-75) gained more yards rushing in Sooners history...His 702 attempts rank second in school annals behind Owens (905)...His 44 scores rank third on the OU all-time record list behind Sims (50) and Owens (56)...Also caught 146 passes for 1217 yards (8.3 avg) and six touchdowns...Only Trent Smith (154, 1999-2002) and Antwone Savage (148, 1999-2002) caught more passes in Oklahoma history...His 4973 all-purpose yards rank second on the school's career-record chart behind Joe Washington (5783)...Joined Sims (52) and Owens (56) as the only players in school history to score 50 times in a career.
MORE 4TH ROUND PICKS -
Nick Eason – DE, Clemson University
Bryant McNeal – DE, Clemson University
FIFTH ROUND PICKS -
Ben Claxton – C, Mississippi
Adrian Madise – WR, TCU
SIXTH ROUND PICK –
Aaron Hunt - DE, Texas Tech
SEVENTH ROUND PICKS –
Clint Mitchell - DE, Florida
Ahmaad Galloway - RB, Alabama
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Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin picked in the fourth round by Broncos. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)
Clemson's Nick Eason also selected in the fourth round by the Broncos. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)