Georgia Tech Football: Cornerback Corey Griffin signs with San Francisco 49ers

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 31: Stanley Williams
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 31: Stanley Williams /

Georgia Tech football’s Corey Griffin didn’t hear his name called this weekend during the NFL Draft but he will get his shot to make an NFL roster as he’s signed with the San Francisco 49ers.

Georgia Tech’s Corey Griffin will look to be the next undrafted free agent to make his mark in the NFL. The former Yellow Jacket signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday evening as an undrafted free agent.

Griffin a former two-star recruit according to 247Sports played well above his star level for the Yellow Jackets. After redshirting his true freshman season in 2013, Griffin would slowly become an impact player on the Yellow Jackets defense over the next four years.

In 2014, Griffin saw adequate playing time and recorded 15 tackles, two pass deflections, and an interception. In 2015, Griffin would reprise his role as a backup corner and posted similar numbers totaling 21 tackles that season.

Griffin got his chance to start in 2016 and started in all of the Yellow Jackets 13 games where he flourished. Griffin was able to put up a career high 82 tackles in 2016 and made his presence known even in opposing team’s backfields recording one sack and five tackles for a loss. He also recorded one fumble recovery, three pass-deflections, and two interceptions.

This past season Griffin was once again a starter for the Yellow Jackets but did not see the same amount of success. He did start all 11 games for the Yellow Jackets and recorded 50 tackles over the course of the season though he did have three more tackles for a loss. In the air he was able to break up three passes while making one interception.

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Far from a perfect corner Griffin does have plenty to work on if he hopes to make an NFL roster come this fall. However, sometimes a chance is all a player needs for them to take a step forward.