ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins went for a true "football player" in the second round by drafting USC defender Su'a Cravens.
The "football player" tag isn't just a play on a phrase often used by Redskins GM Scot McCloughan, but rather an apt description of a hybrid performer who some view as a safety or linebacker. NFL.com's pre-draft profile says he is "born to be a football player.
The Washington Redskins added a playmaker for the offense in round one with wide receiver Josh Doctson.
Player: Su'a Cravens
Weight: 226 pounds
Speed: 4.69 40-time
Prospect rank: Scout (50), Mike Mayock (52), Rob Rang (45)
NFL.com: "Born to be a football player. Combines smarts, instincts and toughness. Will not hesitate to jump into the mix and have proven his ability to make full-time conversion to linebacker. Outstanding with his hands. Always first with his punch into blocker's frame and unlocks instant arm extension to keep himself clean."
Cravens speaks: "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
Post pick react:
Analysis: It's not a surprise Washington went defense, but McCloughan continues to wait on adding a lineman. Cravens might not be a true safety, but he can serve as one nickel packages when the Redskins take a linebacker of the field. That's an element possibly lacking depending on the recovery of injured defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett.
Washington Redskins 2016 picks
Round 1, Pick 22 (22) - TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson
Round 2, Pick 22 (53) - USC safety/linebacker Su'a Cravens
Round 3, Pick 21 (84) - Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller
Round 5, Pick 13 (152) (From Saints) - Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis
Round 6, Pick 12 (187) (From Saints) - Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld
Round 7, Pick 11 (232) (From Buccaneers) - Boston College linebacker Steven Daniels
Round 7, Pick 21 (242) - Georgia running back Keith Marshall
* The Redskins traded their fifth-round pick (No. 158) to the New York Jets for a fourth-rounder in 2017. They added a 2017 fifth-round pick by trading their fourth-round pick (No. 120) to the New Orleans Saints. They also picked up a 2017 sixth-round pick by swapping first-round picks with the Houston Texans.
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