Drafted: Pick 24 of the 4th round by Atlanta
Positives: Has a stout, solid looking frame with good balance and adequate speed...Shows natural knee bend and good body control to sink and uncoil as a blocker...Has enough speed to run off tackle, doing a nice job of reading blocks while staying at a low pad level to gain tough yardage through traffic...Has soft, natural hands to pluck and snatch the ball away from the body's frame...Runs precise routes and is especially effective lining up in the slot...Always seeking a defender to hit as a lead blocker...Has the power to dominate vs. inside linebackers running through the rush lanes...Runs with the ball secure, lowering his head and keeping shoulders square to break arm tackles.
Negatives: Does not show explosion coming out of his stance, needing to gather himself before gaining top speed...Takes more of a roll-over step to get to his point of mesh... While he can dominate as a blocker, he needs to sustain better (too many glancing blows)...2001 neck surgery, while not career threatening, needs further evaluation...Needs to take better blocking angles in attempts to pick up the blitz (tends to stop his feet at the point of attack).
One of three Griffiths to perform for the Bulldogs, joining fraternal twin, Julius (2000-2001) and cousin, Slovakia (2000-present)...Tough, physical inside runner who is one of the top pass-catching fullbacks in college football...Also excelled in the class room, earning Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades...In 39 games, he caught 85 passes for 937 yards (11.0 avg) and four touchdowns, adding 852 yards and ten scores on 213 carries (4.0 avg).
All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report...Started eleven games at fullback, leading the team with a career-high 471 yards on 91 carries (5.2 avg) with a pair of touchdowns...Snatched 19 passes for 199 yards (10.5 avg).
Oregon...Cleared a rush lane used by tailback Dontae Walker for a 1-yardscoring run and rushed 4 times for 14 yards.
Jacksonville State...Ran 7 times for 43 yards and a 5-yard touchdown and made 2 catches for 14 yards.
Auburn...Followed with 46 yards on 8 attempts and 15 yards on 2 grabs.
Louisiana State...Rushed 7 times for 38 yards and cut blocked linebacker Bradie James on Walker's 2-yard scoring run.
South Carolina...Gained 35 yards on 4 receptions, 30 yards on 7 runs and took down defensive end Dennis Quinn on a 1-yard touchdown run by MSU tailback Fred Reid.
Troy State...Carried 9 times for 34 yards and hauled in 5 passes for 52 yards.
Memphis...Collected 61 yards on 17 attempts and had a 24-yard catch.
Kentucky...Had a 29-yard rushing attempt and a 16-yard reception before leaving the game with a high ankle/foot sprain.
Alabama...Did not play (ankle).
Tennessee...Bounced back to rush 5 times for 67 yards and a 3-yard touchdown.
Arkansas...Ran for a season-high 72 yards on 13 tries and made 2 catches for 30 yards.
Mississippi...Closed out his career with 13 rushes for 40 yards and an 18-yard catch.
Played in five games, starting three contests at fullback...Finished with 40 yards on 13 carries (3.1 avg) and 10 receptions for 118 yards (11.8 avg)...Also recorded a solo tackle.
Memphis...Made a solo tackle, rushed 4 times for 8 yards and caught a pair of passes for 32 yards.
South Carolina...Totaled 29 yards on 6 runs and 14 yards on a reception.
Florida...Caught 4 passes for 14 yards.
Auburn...Grabbed 2 passes for 27 yards.
Troy State...Had a 27-yard reception, but suffered a neck stinger that would require surgery (bone spurs), forcing him to miss the final six games of the season.
Member of the SEC's Academic Honor Roll...Reserve at both tailback and fullback, starting vs. South Carolina at fullback...Gained 136 yards with two touchdowns on 44 carries (3.1 avg)...Fourth on the team with 19 catches for 240 yards (12.6 avg) and two scores...Recorded a solo tackle.
Middle Tennessee...Rushed 10 times for 37 yards with touchdowns of 1 & 2 yards, adding 9 yards on a pair of grabs.
Auburn...Had a 41-yard touchdown reception.
Louisiana State...Followed with 2 catches for 11 yards, including a 5-yard score that forced the game into overtime.
Alabama...Carried 9 times for 33 yards and snared 4 passes for 46 yards.
Texas A&M (Independence Bowl)...Totaled 17 yards on 2 runs.
Started every game at fullback, gaining 196 yards with five touchdowns on 62 carries (3.2 avg)...Second on the team with 37 receptions for 380 yards (10.3 avg) and a pair of scores.
Preseason...Suffered a hairline fracture in his right leg prior to fall
Middle Tennessee...Opened the season with 33 yards on 6 runs, including a 25-yard score and had 3 catches for 71 yards with a 58-yard touchdown.
Memphis...Followed with a 3-yard scoring scamper, gaining 29 yards on 6
Oklahoma State...Hauled in 4 passes for 95 yards and a 52-yard touchdown and rushed 9 times for 29 yards.
Vanderbilt...Ran for a 2-yard score, but re-injured his right leg.
Kentucky...Added a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
Alabama...Caught 6 passes for 37 yards.
Arkansas...Snatched 6 more passes for 34 yards and rushed 3 times for 27
Mississippi...Made a pair of catches for 46 yards.
Clemson (Peach Bowl)...Had a pair of catches for 14 yards.
Suffered a right leg hairline fracture prior to 1998 fall drills (7/31)...Re-injured the right leg in the 1998 Vanderbilt contest...Missed the final six games of the 2001 season after having bone spurs removed from a neck injury suffered vs. Troy State...Sat out the 2002 Alabama game after spraining his ankle and foot vs. Kentucky.
Campus Agility Tests
4.59 in the 40-yard dash...460-pound bench press...545-pound squat...285-pound power clean...30 3/4-inch arm length...9 3/8-inch hands...Right-handed...11/30 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
Attended Magee (Sanatorium, Miss.) High...USA Today All-American honorable mention and rated the second-best fullback in the Southeast by The Collegiate Football Experts recruiting service...Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team, adding All-State honors twice, as he led the team to the Class 3A state title as a senior...Ran for over 5000 yards and 66 touchdowns in his final two seasons, gaining 2533 yards on 323 carries (7.8 avg) and 30 scores in his senior season and 2261 yards and 36touchdowns as a junior...Played in the Mississippi/Alabama all-star game.
Teaching/Coaching Education major...Nicknamed "Cokey"...Son of Reverend and Mrs. Lowery Griffith...Fraternal twin brother, Julius, was a teammate and cornerback at Mississippi State (2000-2001)...Cousin, Slovakia, was a teammate and cornerback for the Bulldogs (2000-present)...Born Justin Montrel Griffith on 7/21/80 in Magee, Mississippi.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG GM/AVG
1999 01 00 3 9 3.0 1 6 9.00
1999 11 11 62 196 3.2 5 25 17.82
2000 11 01 44 136 3.1 2 15 12.36
2001 05 03 13 40 3.1 0 14 8.00
2002 11 11 91 471 5.2 2 56 42.82
TOTAL 39 26 213 852 4.0 10 56 21.85
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