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Su'a Cravens | Linebacker

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (20) / 7/7/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205

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OC Register's Michael Lev believes USC junior Su'a Cravens is the most valuable player on the USC football team, as he "can rush the passer, defend the outside run, drop into a zone or cover a receiver out of the slot."
"What makes Cravens the most valuable player on the USC football team is that there’s no one else quite like him. He’s part-linebacker, part-safety. He can rush the passer, defend the outside run, drop into a zone or cover a receiver out of the slot," Lev wrote. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens played a hybrid safety-linebacker spot for the Trojans last season, finishing the season with 68 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 deflections and 3 interceptions. Jul 21 - 3:58 PM

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ESPN's Mel Kiper calls USC junior Su'a Cravens a "special talent."

"Want a remarkable stat? How about 17 tackles for loss out of a safety?" Kiper wrote. "That was Cravens last year, a big (6-1, 225), physical, guided missile who can also drop and drive on throws and display great hands when he has a chance to make a play." The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens added 68 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 deflections and 3 interceptions last year. Kiper pegs Cravens as the No. 2 underclassmen safety prospect in the country.
Jul 19 - 7:11 PM

USC junior Su'a Cravens showcases "above-average physicality and aggressiveness" against the run, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein observes.

"Cravens has average play speed for a player his size, but shows above-average physicality and aggressiveness when he's coming downhill after the running game," Zierlein wrote. Craven, who played a hybrid safety-linebacker spot for the Trojans in 2014, excelled at the position. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens finished the season with 68 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 9 deflections and 3 interceptions.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 17 - 3:57 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah views USC junior Su'a Cravens as a WLB in the NFL.

Specifically a "Run/hit/cover" linebacker behind a four man front. Cravens has spent time at safety, predominantly in the box, for the last two seasons, but is transitioning to a more traditional linebacker role. He is one of the Trojans' top defensive players and adds to an already talented position across college football.
Jun 24 - 10:26 AM

USC junior OLB/S Su'a Cravens is "steady against the run and he can drop back and cover with ease," note Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Cravens came to USC as a five-star safety, and he has transitioned to more of a linebacker role -- although it doesn't really matter which position he's officially recognized as," he wrote. "He's an all-around defensive playmaker at 225 pounds ... He's a great athlete in pursuit, and few defenders are better at making plays in space -- whether it's against the pass or the run." The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens has posted 120 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups over the past two seasons. Brown pegs him as the No. 2 linebacker in the nation.
Jun 18 - 8:53 PM

NFL Media ranked USC junior OLB/S Su'a Cravens as their No. 3 physical player in college football.

As a sophomore in 2014, the USC prospect played a hybrid strong safety/strongside outside linebacker spot for the Trojans defense. Cravens posted 68 tackles, with a team-best 17 for losses (with 5 sacks), plus 9 deflections and a team-best 3 interceptions, with 1 touchdown. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens originally came to USC to play safety, but has recently embraced his role playing LB, which should only help his production in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 3:46 PM

USC junior S Su'a Cravens "could be the Trojans' top draft prospect regardless of class," writes ESPN's Greg Katz.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens has posted 120 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups over the past two seasons. "He has so solidified his spot as an outside linebacker from originally starting in the secondary, there is little talk at this time of his future being in the secondary," Katz wrote. "He should again be highly decorated following this season and is likely a first-round draft probability." ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Cravens as the No. 24 prospect in the class.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 7:54 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura argues that USC junior S Su'a Cravens was more important to the Trojan defense than DL Leonard Williams last year.

"Whether he ends up at linebacker or safety at the next level is to be determined, but, either way, it is clear Cravens is about as obvious a talent as there is in the conference, and a likely first-rounder," Bonagura wrote. Cravens has 120 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups over the past two seasons. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Cravens as the No. 24 prospect in the class.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 5:43 PM

Regarding USC junior S Su'a Cravens, NFL Media notes that there "could be some Shaq Thompson-like intrigue as to whether pro scouts see him as a strong safety or an outside linebacker at the next level."

"Is he a linebacker? Is he a safety? Who cares?," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "Cravens is a joy to watch no matter how you define him -- a playmaking rover who can be a headache to offensive coordinators either in coverage or in the offensive backfield. ... Cravens will be the lynchpin for the Trojans' defense this season." Cravens has 120 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups over the past two seasons.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 9:44 PM

USC junior S Su'a Cravens "is extremely athletic, has good speed and excellent range," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

The analyst ranks him as the No. 13 prospect in the nation. Cravens has 120 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups over the past two seasons. "At 6-1/225 he has showed the ability to make plays all over the field for USC since day one as a Trojan," Newberg wrote. "He's played both strong safety and linebacker and projects best in the secondary because of his size. This player is extremely athletic, has good speed and excellent range." ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Cravens as the No. 24 prospect in the class.
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 12:02 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked USC junior S Su'a Cravens as the No. 24 prospect overall on his first Big Board of 2016.

"The Kam Chancellor of college football, Cravens brings a 225-pound frame to the safety position that allows him to drop into coverage or look dominant near the line of scrimmage and into the backfield," Kiper wrote. "Check out the 17 tackles for loss. He has played in 26 games in his first two seasons and could have a special junior season." Cravens has two seasons of eligibility remaining. We'd like to see him stay healthy and productive this year.
May 16 - 7:50 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay mocked USC junior S Su'a Cravens to the Eagles at No. 19.

"The Eagles need to continue to improve their secondary, and we know how much Chip Kelly likes Pac-12 players," he wrote. "Cravens has the size (6-1, 225 pounds) of an in-the-box safety who can also play some weakside linebacker. He has trouble covering the quickest slot receivers, but he can hold up in coverage for the most part because of his length and instincts." In his own mock draft, Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Cravens going in Round 1. Cravens would have to renounce his collegiate eligibility after this coming season to be eligible for the draft.
May 14 - 6:24 PM

USC sophomore S Su'a Cravens "doesn't have the man cover skills to match up with quicker slot receivers, but his length and instincts help mask his lack of ideal fluidity," wrote Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

"At 6-1 and 225 pounds, Cravens is a hybrid safety/linebacker who frequently lines up close to the line of scrimmage where he uses his hands to keep bigger blockers off his frame as a run-defender," they wrote. "He also shows good closing speed in rushing the quarterback, as he displayed against Utah." Cravens has attractive physical tools, but, as Muench and Weidl note, his game has deficiencies and he's struggled to stay healthy over the past few years. Fortunately, he has two seasons of eligibility remaining to answer lingering questions.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:41:00 PM

USC HC Steve Sarkisian said that the team was "going to do everything in [its] power sophomore" to help sophomore S Su'a Cravens return from his knee injury.

Sarkisian said that Cravens was trying to "get as healthy as he can get for next Thursday night." Sarkisian shed a little light on the degree of Cravens' injury when he told reporters that an MRI had shown that the safety had not suffered any structural damage in the knee. "He's sore, obviously," said the coach. The Trojans play Cal on November 13 and are hopeful they'll get their defensive rock back by then.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 09:04:00 PM

USC sophomore S Su'a Cravens did not suffer structural damage to his injured right knee.

USC has an off week followed by a Thursday night game against Cal, and it is unclear if the emerging safety will be available. Outside of defensive lineman Leonard Williams, Cravens might be the most impressive player on USC's defense.
Source: OC Register
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 09:42:00 AM