The San Francisco 49ers will be kicking the tires on a lot of draft prospects, and they met with an intriguing one on Sunday. The 49ers sent at least one representative to meet with Texas Southern tight end Derrick Griffin on Sunday, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. Rice University is holding their Pro Day Monday, and Griffin is taking part in the event since TSU does not have a Pro Day.
Griffin stands 6’6 and weighs 248 pounds. He entered college as a four-star wide receiver, originally signing with Texas A&M. He could not qualify academically there, and after being unable to qualify at Miami (FL), he attended two prep schools before enrolling at Texas Southern.
At TSU, Griffin had a big freshman year, catching 36 passes for 709 yards and 11 touchdowns. At the end of the season, he joined the basketball team and had 19 points and 12 rebounds in his first game. In 27 games he averaged 13.3 points and 11.0 rebounds. He was named SWAC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, All-SWAC First-Team member, and was an honorable mention AP All-American in a dominant first year.
Things went off the rails, however, this past fall. He was kicked off the football team after one game for violating team rules. He had previously been suspended, and had a subsequent rules violation that resulted in his departure from the team. The basketball team kept him around, and in 13 games, he averaged 11.3 points and 10.8 rebounds. However, he left the team late in December to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Mel Kiper described Griffin as someone who can make plays down the field and be a potential mis-match given his size. Kiper said his ability and potential suggested a day three pick. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have talked about wanting players that love football. If the 49ers were interested in a player like Griffin, it seems like he is the kind of guy you would want to meet with to try and get a handle on what makes him tick. We don’t know who met with Griffin on Sunday, but if that meeting went well, maybe the 49ers bring him in for one of their 30 official visits.