New Orleans Saints hosting USC playmaker Su’a Cravens, per report


The New Orleans Saints are scheduled to host USC linebacker Su’a Cravens for a pre-NFL Draft visit, a report says.

Su’a Cravens is set to work out with and/or visit the New Orleans Saints and a handful of other teams, according to Aaron Wilson of The National Football Post.

Cravens didn’t turn in a flashy scouting combine performance, and he didn’t even participate in the 40-yard dash.  However, he may have revitalized his draft stock after a strong presentation at USC’s pro day Wednesday.

Despite adding three linebackers in free agency, the New Orleans Saints are still in need of a weakside linebacker — the health of Dannell Ellerbe is nothing to count on.  Before free agency, it was arguably the team’s biggest obligation.  To many, it still is.

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Cravens could be the answer in the upcoming NFL Draft.  He played a strongside outside linebacker/safety hybrid role at USC.  However, his awareness and route recognition in pass coverage in addition to the hands to come away with the interception make him better suited at the weakside.

Cravens is instinctive against both the pass and the run, which is highlighted by supreme versatility.  Drawing comparisons to Shaq Thompson and Deone Bucannon, Cravens’ versatility/flexibility at both linebacker and safety will make coaches gush.  He could be an excellent situational guy both in the secondary and in the front seven.  That hybrid skill is becoming a popular commodity in today’s NFL.

He boasts an athletic frame with room to grow and fill out.  He showed it after gaining weight for the scouting combine, where he still left a great impression on coaches in the interview room.

The New Orleans Saints could without question use a playmaker like Cravens.  He’s projected to go in the second round, which is where I actually mocked him to the Saints in a couple of my simulated drafts.  This is one of many player pre-draft visits with New Orleans I like very much.