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Washington Redskins select USC Linebacker Su'a Cravens in the 2016 NFL Draft

The first USC Trojans player selected in 2016, Su'a Cravens was taken number 53 overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2nd Round.

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Su'a Cravens will trade in the cardinal and gold for burgundy and gold as he was drafted in the second round with the 53rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

Cravens was selected as a linebacker which was crucial to his draft stock given his time at linebacker and strong safety.

In the three years spent at USC working on both positions, Cravens amassed 207 tackles, 10.5 sacks and nine interceptions. While chipping in 34.5 tackles for loss, if one thing was evident in Cravens' time as a Trojan, it was that he was natural playmaker.

With an organic combination of athleticism and intensity not seen as the Coliseum since the days of the legendary safety Troy Polamalu, Cravens has consistently made his presence felt on the field.

Unlike most players in the draft, Cravens is ready to produce right away for the Washington Redskins as his instincts and high-level of competitiveness are items not easily found out of many rookies in this year's class. Cravens boasts NFL-type of hit power and shows enough hip and ankle flexibility to be fluid in zone coverage.

His combine measurables were poor for either linebackers or safeties, but the defensive back drills he performed at the Combine and the linebacker drills he performed in at USC's Pro Day left the scouts in awe as he showed serious versatility and competency in both positions.

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