Redskins' defensive coordinator Joe Barry and linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti should have a fun time figuring out where to put their second round draft pick, former USC linebacker Su'a Cravens, who's experienced both at the safety and linebacker positions.
According to the USC Athletic Department, Barry – who's got strong ties to the Trojans, having played and coached there – cut his family vacation short in order to head to California to see Cravens perform at his Pro Day.
Cravens – an All-American and finalist for the Butkus, Lombardi, Bednarik, Nagurski and Lott Awards in his junior season at USC – came to the Trojans in 2013 and initially played strong safety, before morphing into more of a hybrid safety/strongside outside linebacker in his sophomore season.
Cravens wreaked havoc on offenses in all three seasons he was with USC, and now Barry, Olivadotti and the Redskins are looking for him to exceed that immediately.
There's a popular phrase: "A picture is worth a thousand words." In the case of Cravens, a lot of moving pictures (i.e. video) that you can see of him below is worth about a million words.
Things worked out perfectly for Cravens, with him being taken by the Redskins. His father saw it coming a mile away.
"My dad actually predicted the Redskins would draft me," Cravens said. "He said, 'There's an SC guy there [Barry] and I have good feeling for him, so you're gonna be a Redskin soon.'"