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Carolina Panthers' NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Su'a Cravens

The Carolina Panthers took a hybrid safety/outside linebacker in Shaq Thompson in last year's draft and have shown "scary interest" in another hybrid in Su'a Cravens. We take a closer look at the former USC Trojan.


College Stats/Awards

Season Games Tackles Tackles for a Loss Sacks Interceptions
2013 13 53 2.5 0 4
2014 13 68 17 5.0 3
2015 14 86 15 5.5 2

*Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

Combine/Pro Day Results

Event NFL Combine Pro Day
40-yard Dash N/A 4.69 seconds
Bench Press 16 reps N/A
Vertical Jump 27.0 inches 30.5 inches
Broad Jump 114.0 inches N/A
3-Cone Drill N/A 6.92 seconds
20-yard Shuttle N/A 4.41 seconds
60-yard Shuttle N/A N/A

*Results courtesy of NFL.com


  • Disruptive at Line of Scrimmage

One of the issues with Su'a Cravens, as mentioned below in the weaknesses, is that he doesn't have a true position. Is he a safety? Is he an outside linebacker? However, what is true is that despite his size, he is incredibly disruptive at the line of scrimmage.

Over the final two seasons with the USC Trojans, he had 32 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. He was constantly beating blockers and getting into the backfield to make plays. 

  • Powerful Tackler

When he did get to the ballcarrier, they knew it as he is a powerful tackler. In watching film from his games, he would regularly be seen driving players backwards and not allowing them to fall forward when hit.


  • Tweener

The biggest knock on Cravens has to be the fact that he doesn't have a true position. He doesn't fit the prototypical requirements for an outside linebacker at 6'1" and 226 pounds however doesn't necessarily have the range to play safety. He certainly can be successful at the NFL level but which ever team selects him will need to be creative as he doesn't fit just one role.

How he fits with the Carolina Panthers?

The Panthers have shown in the past that they are not afraid of selecting these smaller safeties turned linebackers. Last year, they used their first round pick on Shaq Thompson but their greatest success story may be outside linebacker Thomas Davis, who has developed into one of the best at his position.

Cravens certainly would have a role in this defense but would have to play closer to the line of scrimmage. He could develop into hybrid safety, one that would play in the box with his focus being to stop the opposing team's running game. The Panthers right now don't have that big body safety that can fill that role and Cravens would make a great deal of sense in that regards.

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