USC DE Everson Griffen has been getting a lot of 1st round predictions recently. Mel Kiper and Bucky Brooks both have him going #17 to Tennessee in their most recent mocks, as does WalterFootball.com (which has Tennessee picking at #16). Kiper has him #17 on his latest big board. Matt Maguire of WalterFootball has him going #23 to Green Bay as a 3-4 OLB. NFLdraftscout ranks him the #14 overall prospect and Chad Reuter has him going #8 to Oakland. Does Griffen project purely to 4-3 DE, or can he also play 3-4 OLB? He's reportedly bulked up from 265 to 280 this year but supposedly still has 4.6 speed and excellent agility. He's 6'3" but reportedly has very long arms. He played standing up as well as in a 3-point stance for USC. Here's a recent scouting report on Griffen from mockingthedraft.com: Everson Griffen 6'3, 280 pounds Defensive end Southern California Pass Rush/Closing Ability/Moves and Counter Moves: Slow to develop off the edge. Tries to set up moves but instead creates more time for the blocker to set up. Does not burn off the edge. Needs to refine rip and swim moves. Pursuit/Lateral Movement and Agility: Moves very well for a 280 pounder. Very nimble in the teenches when he needs to be. Moves down the line on runs away from him low and with force. Can avoid the cut blocks by using his agile hips and light feet. Quickness/Explosion: Can move quickly in short space. Explodes out of his stance and can get in to the blocker right away, gaining control of the engagement. Lacks the top tier explosion off the edge Run Defend/Recognition: Strong presence against the run. Very hard to move and sheds blocks well. Can get from one end of the tackle box to the other before the back reaches the line of scrimmage. Reads the motion of the offensive line and well and gets himself in to position consistently. Size/Length/Hand Size: Has the ideal body for the 4-3 defensive end. Long, thick arms that hold a lot of power. A strong 280 pound frame that is put together nicely. Strength/Ability to Shed Blocks: Constantly the strongest player in the trenches when it comes to the upper body. Delivers a blow with his intitial punch. Lacks the base power to hold ground against a road grading offensive tackle. Can get off a block with his combination of power and quickness. Maintains separation and prevents blocker from locking on. Tackling: Powerful tackler that wraps up well. Uses his entire body to make a tackle, making it full of force and power. Sound technique. Technique/Hand Use/Leverage: Plays low with a flat back which enables him to get full power from his hips. Technique as an edge rusher is inconsistent, uses too much bull rush and not enough moves. Has outstanding hands that are strong and powerful. Versatility: Plays left and right, inside and outside, in a stance and standing up. His best role may be at left defensive end in a 4-3 but he can be moved around in certain packages to create mismatches. Has a nice blend of power and speed, thus making him an option along the line. Final Word: Griffen is another Trojan that never reached his full potential that many thought was there when he entered the college game. With that said, Griffin had his best year in 2009 and he may be blooming at the right time. He is the perfect fit for a team searching for a left defensive end that can play the run but surprise with his ability to get to the passer from any angle. Defensive Coordinators that like to get creative will like Griffen the most. He has been involved in a couple of off the field skirmishes but no charges have been filed. He appears to have dedicated himself to the game after a couple of years of trying to let his talent get him by. He could end up in the first round if he works out well but production wise, he is a second round caliber defensive end. Everson Griffen NFL Draft scoutingreport - Mocking The Draft He doesn't sound like a speed rusher off the edge, but he does sound like he could be a very good strongside 3-4 OLB with his ability to set the edge, shed blocks, drop into coverage, and read and react. I haven't seen enough of him to make any judgments, and he does have the inconsistency label. I'd be curious what other people think.