USC's Griffen to enter draft


SAN FRANCISCO -- USC junior defensive end Everson Griffen said after Saturday night's 24-13 Emerald Bowl victory over Boston College that he will skip his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

"I've known for a while," Griffen said.

Griffen, who has rare speed for a 6-foot-3, 280-pounder, is viewed in most draft projections as a late-first or early-second round selection.

"I'm ready," Griffen told's Joe Schad. "I know it's the right decision because I've talked it over with my coaches. I will bring speed, a pass rush and the ability to stop the run."

Griffen injured his ankle in Saturday's game and watched much of it from the sideline.

"I think I was prepared for this game, but stuff happens and I've just got to bounce back and be strong," Griffen said.

He made the All-Pac-10 second team this season, recording 44 tackles and a team-high eight sacks.


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