There’s no question that our beloved Steelers need help on defense. This help could come from the safety/linebacker hybrid in USC’s Su’a Cravens.
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When I first heard about Su’a Cravens I instantly thought of safety/linebacker Deone Bucannon of the Arizona Cardinals. Bucannon was a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was drafted as a SS, but played a lot of snaps at LB this season. Although listed as an OLB on USC’s website, Cravens can also play SS.
Here’s a breakdown on Su’a Cravens:
Cravens is 6’1″ and weighs 225 lbs. He is 20 years old, hails from Los Angeles, CA and is a Junior from USC.
In 2015, Cravens had 78 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 2 INT, 6 PBU and 2 FF.
-Su’a Cravens is a fast defender that closes in quickly and finishes the play. He’s a guy that can crash through blockers and take down the ballcarrier.
-Has a very high football IQ.
-Has great speed. He’s able to line up against a slot receiver and stick with them in man or zone coverage.
-Very hard hitter.
-The benefit of Su’a Cravens is his versatility. USC was able to put him nearly anywhere on the field and give him nearly any assignment. A lot like Troy Polamalu the Steelers would be able to move Cravens along the defensive front. He’s able to play more of a straight forward linebacker role, he has good timing on the blitz and he can play in nickel situations. I could see Keith Butler’s defense benefiting greatly from this type of versatility.
-Could add some more weight.
Su’a Cravens is projected to be a late round first-round pick to an early second round pick. If the Steelers don’t have a guy at 25th overall, they could trade down and get Cravens in the second.
I love this kid, and I hope he’s dawning black & gold come next season.
Here we go, Steelers! Here we go!