Sports often become a family affair. And in the case of the Washington Redskins second-round round pick, linebacker Su'a Cravens, genetics are certainly in his favor.
As one of the nation's top high school players out of Vista Murrieta High School, he was recruited as a halfback, linebacker and strong safety. That type of athleticism isn't something that can be taught or developed — it's in your blood.
The grandson of Jack Cravens, who played basketball for John Wooden at UCLA, and the younger brother of a former defensive lineman for the University of Hawaii, Siaki, his family ties to big time athletics seems endless. His mother is kin to David Fulcher, a former Arizona State and Cincinnati Bengals safety.
"I have a lot of helpful information around me," Cravens told ESPN in 2011. "And I'm always listening."
His sister attended Hawaii on a basketball scholarship and is a cousin to Jordan Cameron, tight end for the Miami Dolphins, and Manti Teo, a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. At the 2016 NFL Combine, Cravens discussed his relationship with Cameron and opened up on some key advice the tight end gave him.
"He just told me don't stress it too much just go out and enjoy it so that's that what I've been trying to do over these last couple days," Cravens said.
If there was a ever a word to describe the athletic ability of Su'a Cravens, it's versatility. As a freshman, he started at strong safety for the University of Southern California. By the end of his college career, he had moved closer to the line of scrimmage in a linebacker/safety hybrid.
And now embarking on the transition from the college game to the NFL, Cravens will likely lean on that same support system that helped him through the recruiting process several years ago.
"He always tells me not to get too caught up in trying to believe what every recruiters," Su'a said of his older bother in 2011. "I always keep my ears open for my dad and my brother. They always have good things to say."