Su’a Cravens

USC
Hybrid OLB/SS
Junior 6’1″ 225

Pros:Cravens

  • Has the ability to be a 4-3 Will or play inside in a 3-4
  • Hybrid OLB/SS
  • Will likely see plenty of action in nickel packages
  • Speed off the edge
  • Understands responsibility and looks comfortable in Man; disrupts passing lanes
  • Great closing speed
  • Fluid hips allow him to mirror receivers and stop and start with good speed
  • Rarely misses tackles
  • Flies to the ball; tough to stop or slow him down when he’s in pursuit
  • Plays with great instincts
  • Athleticism allows him to flow laterally
  • Superb route recognition
  • Very few, better open-field tacklers
  • Earns TFL as a downhill thumper

 Cons:

  • Struggles to shed bigger blockers
  • Needs to take adequate angles more consistently, a result of being over aggressive in pursuit
  • Slender frame; weight will limit his play strength
  • Lacks a dominant array of pass rush moves
  • Average ability to set the edge
  • May struggle with lack of strength at POA

Cravens completed his distinguished prep career in 2012 as the USA Today National High School Defensive Player of the Year with 97 tackles, eight sacks, and three interceptions, even graduating a semester early to join USC for 2013, securing a starting spot at strong safety the following fall. Cravens made numerous Freshman All-American teams as well as an honorable mention All-Pac-12 nod after making 52 tackles and four interceptions. He then moved to a safety/linebacker hybrid role as a sophomore, leading the team with 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, and three interceptions to earn third team AP All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 accolades. Cravens repeated those honors in 2015, topping all USC defenders with 86 tackles, 15 for loss, and 5.5 sacks while intercepting two passes and breaking up two others.

Pro comp: Thomas Davis

Projected draft value: 1st-2nd round

 

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