Michael Griffin was the 19th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, but he didn’t always play like it. For example, in 2008 and 2011, he graded out above average on ProFootballFocus, ranking 13th among all safeties last year. However, in 2009 he was absolutely awful, getting torched in coverage, allowing 34 completions on 49 attempts (69.4%) for 741 yards (15.1 YPA!!!), 5 touchdowns, 1 interception, 5 deflections and one penalty, as he ranked 87th at the position out of 88 eligible. He was also pretty middle of the pack in 2010.
The Titans gave him a 35 million dollar deal over 5 years with 15 million dollars guaranteed so they obviously think those days are behind him and that he’ll continue to be an above average player. If that’s the case, this looks like a pretty solid deal. He’s getting less money per year and guaranteed than did Eric Weddle and Michael Huff last offseason and his contract will likely be matched by fellow franchise players Dashon Goldson and Tyvon Branch this offseason. If you rank Griffin’s play last season in a group of 5 that includes those 4 players just mentioned, he’d grade out 2nd behind only Weddle. He’ll just need to be consistent.