Cravens poising for a photo with a fan at USC in 2013
|No. 36 Washington Redskins|
|Date of birth:||July 7, 1995|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||222 lb (101 kg)|
|High school:||Vista Murrieta (CA)|
|NFL draft:||2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Suʻa Cravens (born July 7, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC as a safety and outside linebacker. He was drafted as a safety in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Redskins.
High school career
A native of Los Angeles, California, Cravens attended Temecula Valley High School as a freshman in 2009. He then transferred to Vista Murrieta High School as a sophomore, where he had 90 tackles, 8 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles. He earned Max Preps Sophomore All-American second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team, and All-Southwestern League first team honors.
In his junior year in 2011, Cravens played linebacker and defensive back on defense, as well as running back and wide receiver on offense. He was Max Preps All-American first team, ESPNHS.com All-American second team, Max Preps Junior All-American first team, ESPNHS.com Underclass All-American first team, along with other honors. For the year, he had 98 tackles, 11 sacks, 3 interceptions, 6 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 4 forced fumbles on defense and also caught 20 passes for 239 yards (17.0 avg.) with 4 touchdowns and ran for 673 yards on 75 carries (9.0 avg.) with 15 touchdowns on offense, as Vista Murrieta went 14–0 and captured the CIF Inland Division title with a 35–28 win over perennial powerhouse Corona Centennial.
His 2012 senior season honors included USA Today All-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Parade All-American, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, and Max Preps All-American first team. Cravens compiled 97 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, 4 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles and 3 blocked punts on defense in 2012, and also caught 21 passes for 342 yards (16.3 avg.) and ran for 200 yards on 17 carries (11.8 avg.) with 14 total touchdowns on offense, helping lead Vista Murrieta to a 13–1 record. Their only loss came in the CIF Inland Division final against Corona Centennial.
Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Cravens was listed as the No. 1 safety prospect in his class and the No. 12 prospect overall in the country. He played in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Cravens chose the Trojans over offers from nearly every BCS program in the nation, including Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State. Cravens became the Trojans’ eighth commitment for the 2013 class and the fifth 5-star rated recruit in a class featuring quarterback Max Browne, defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow and running backs Ty Isaac and Justin Davis. He enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 after graduating a semester early from high school.
Cravens finished his distinguished career at USC with 199 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, nine interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Freshman season (2013)
Cravens started at strong safety as a first-year freshman and made quite an impact. Overall in 2013, while appearing in and starting 13 games (he suffered a groin injury against Utah and missed the Oregon State game), he had 52 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 4 yards, plus 4 interceptions for 54 yards (13.5 avg), 1 deflection, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He also returned a kickoff for 33 yards and a punt for 1 yard. He made the 2013 Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, Athlon Freshman All-American first team, Phil Steele Freshman All-American first team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American first team and 247Sports.com True Freshman All-American second team. He was also an All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He missed the last half of spring practice after having surgery for a torn cartilage in his knee.
Sophomore season (2014)
Cravens returned as a starter for his sophomore year in 2014. He was asked to play a hybrid strong safety/strongside outside linebacker spot. Starting all 13 games for the second consecutive season, he compiled 68 tackles, including a team-best 17 for losses (more than any defensive back in the nation), 5 sacks, 9 deflections and a team-best 3 interceptions (he returned one of them 31 yards for a touchdown). His 17 tackles for loss in 2014 were the most by a non-defensive lineman at USC since linebacker Markus Steele had 17 in 2000. For his season efforts, he was named to the All-American third team by the Associated Press (AP) and Athlon, fourth team All-American by Phil Steele and was an SI.com All-American honorable mention, as well as CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American first team. He made the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team, as well as the Athlon All-Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team and CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team. He won USC's Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year Award. Against Oregon State in week 4, he returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring against the Beavers and also had a team-best 6 tackles, including 2 for losses (with his first career sack) to earn Chuck Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Junior season (2015)
Cravens returned for his third year as a starter, again playing strongside outside linebacker (a hybrid safety-linebacker role) as a junior in 2015.
2016 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in||226 lb||32 1/8 in||9 1/2 in||4.69 s||4.41 s||6.92 s||30 1/2 in||9 ft 6 in||16 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine and the USC pro day.|
Cravens was selected with the 53rd overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. On May 1, 2016, the Redskins announced that they intended to use him as a safety. It was also announced that he would wear 36 as his jersey number due to him being a fan of the late Redskins safety, Sean Taylor, who wore 36 as a rookie before switching to 21 the following season.
|Regular season statistics||Tackles||Interceptions||Fumbles|
A native of Temecula, California, Cravens is the son of Kevin and Yolanda Cravens. His older sister, Malia, was on the women's basketball team at Hawaii in 2012 before transferring to USC, where she was briefly on the 2013 Women of Troy basketball team as a guard before joining the track team as a high jumper. His older brother, Siaki, was a defensive lineman at Hawaii who previously played at Utah. His grandfather, Jack Cravens, played basketball and baseball at Brigham Young from 1957 to 1959. His cousins, Jordan and Brynn Cameron, played football (2008–10) and women's basketball (2005–09), respectively, at USC; Jordan also played men's basketball at USC in 2008 and BYU in 2007 and now plays as a tight end for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. Another cousin, Colby Cameron, was a quarterback at Louisiana Tech (2009–12) before signing with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
With family roots from Hawaii, Cravens is a distant cousin of San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o. His mother is second cousin with former Arizona State and NFL safety David Fulcher. His uncle is married to Kyle Whittingham's sister.
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