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2016 NFL Draft: Su’a Cravens selected 53rd overall by Washington Redskins

Su'a Cravens - S/LB, Southern CaliforniaPick AnalysisAfter taking a wide receiver last night the Redskins come to the


Su’a Cravens – S/LB, Southern California

Pick Analysis

After taking a wide receiver last night the Redskins come to the other side of the ball and take something of an enigma in Su’a Cravens. He was a safety in college but is a big boy and could potentially follow in the footsteps of Mark Barron and Deone Buccanon by taking up more of a hybrid linebacker role in the professional ranks. For the Redskins though he offers hard hitting defense over the middle of the field and on blitzes. How the Redskins use him, and if he can adjust to a more varied role, will go a long way to determining the success of this pick. Toby Durant

Player Analysis

While a superb playmaker throughout his three seasons with USC, Cravens is a tricky fit for the NFL.  He has the build of a safety, and earned a starting spot there his freshman year, but has played as a linebacker and pass rusher off the edge the past two years.  Whoever ends up taking him will find a role for him though, as he has been so productive in exploiting his excellent football instincts, versatility and athleticism during his college career.  It seems pretty even split as to whether teams see him as a safety or linebacker, so we’ll take Cravens’ opinion himself to cast the final vote, and he prefers to play as a defensive back.  SO that’s that, he’s being listed in this group.  Cravens has the skills to make plays in the backfield, not just as a pass rusher, but also in spotting quick tosses and out routes, flying to the ball carrier and taking him down for a loss before he even has a chance to plot a first move.  He can also be so dangerous in space and in coverage, recognising route concepts to jump them for interceptions and break ups.  He may have been playing in the box as a linebacker for the most part, but he has 9 career interceptions and 16 pass breakups for a reason; Cravens shows the excellent ball skills of a DB.  That, along with his 32 TFLs in just the past two seasons highlights the impact that Cravens can make on multiple levels of the field.  Safety?  Linebacker?  Call him what you will, he simply makes plays.  The energy and aggression he shows is infectious.  There’s a good chance that the Trojans star will still be on the board early on day 2, and there aren’t that many players who can impact a game the way he can that will be on offer in that second round, and ought to be snapped up fairly quickly. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Su’a Cravens selected 53rd overall by Washington Redskins

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