Su'a Cravens drafted by Washington Redskins with No. 53 Pick

Defensive playmaker Su'a Cravens did it all for USC as a safety and a linebacker. After leaving following his junior season, Cravens will now try to do the same for the Redskins after being drafted No. 53 overall. 

LB/S Su'a Cravens

Drafted: Round 2, No. 53 overall

Team: Washington Redskins

Bio Info

Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta
6-foot-1, 220 pounds [USC Pro Day]
4.65 40 [USC Pro Day]
32 1/8-inch arm length
9 1/2-inch hands
16 reps on bench press 
30.5-inch vertical jump [USC Pro Day]
114-inch broad jump

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings

Four-star prospect
No. 3 safety in the draft
No. 50 overall prospect

Other Draft Rankings

CBS: No. 45 overall, No. 5 OLB (Mayock): No. 52 overall, No. 4 LB
ESPN: No. 73 overall, No. 5 S No. 4 S

USC Career:

Su'a Cravens is a natural playmaker that always seems to be around the ball. During his USC Trojans' career, he played both safety and linebacker. His playmaking ability is the origin of USC's move of Cravens from safety to linebacker. The question at the next level is where Cravens lines up. He has the versatility to play either position, but some teams have concerns that he is a tweener that is too small for linebacker and too slow for safety.

When you remember Cravens' time at USC, you'll likely think of him in the backfield making a tackle or snagging an interception and taking it to the house against Oregon State. Cravens was a Trojan playmaker regardless of whether he was lined up at linebacker or safety. You can put him in the box, have him come off the edge or stick him in the secondary. He was Mr. Versatility at USC.

In three years, Cravens amassed 207 tackles, including a team-high 86 the past season. During his two seasons as a linebacker, Cravens racked up 32 tackles for loss, including 10.5 sacks. He also intercepted nine passes and deflected 16 more during his career. Playing as a safety, Cravens started immediately and earned Freshman All-American honors. As a sophomore, he moved to linebacker and became a All-Pac-12 team member and third-team AP All-American. He started all 13 games, making 68 tackles with a team-high 17 tackles for loss and team-best three interceptions.

Expert Breakdown: 

“He's really instinctive and tough. I think he projects as a weakside linebacker at the next level. The NFL is looking for linebackers that can cover, and Cravens has that ability. As a safety, he might be a step slow, but as a linebacker, he's ultra-athletic for the position. He caught my eye, too, making a tackle on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter when USC had the game well in hand. That gives you an idea of how serious he is about the game.” – Daniel Jeremiah,

Cravens Says: 

“I think a lot more teams are starting to want me more as a safety than a linebacker. it still depends on what team drafts me. I've been practicing for both. I can play both and I can plug in right now and go make plays, so it doesn't matter to me.” -- Su'a Cravens at USC Pro Day on position he expects to play Top Stories