Very few defensive backs have been as productive as Michael Griffin. As a freshman, he had 65 tackles, five for loss, and two sacks. As a sophomore, Griffin was in on 49 tackles, two for loss, a sack, and an interception. None of that was an indication of what he would do as a junior though. Griffin earned 1st Team Big 12 honors after finishing with 124 tackles, four for loss, three interceptions, and four blocked punts. He had another fantastic season as a senior, ending with 116 tackles, four for loss, with one sack and four interceptions.
Michael Griffin is as intelligent and aggressive as any safety in this draft. He quickly diagnoses the play and gets to the action whether it is a run or pass. He flies toward the action, and lays players out as if he were much bigger. In pass coverage, he has the athleticism to cover and ball skills to make plays on the ball. Griffin is also a fantastic special teamer. He possesses the knack for blocking punts, as he has blocked six in his career.
There is not anything physically that stands out about Griffin. His size is only average by NFL standards, and he does not posses tremendoust speed. That is about it with Griffin, as he is a complete football player.
In a safety class that is shaping up to be very talented at the top, Griffin has solidified himself amongst the elite. LaRon Landry has cemented himself as the top safety in the draft, but Griffin is not far behind, and could come off the board in the Top 20.