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Road to the NFL Draft / Su’a Cravens

Position: Linebacker.

School: Southern California.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-2, 226 pounds.

Combine stats: Bench press: 16 reps. Vertical jump: 27 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches.

Career stats: 40 games, 207 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, nine interceptions, four forced fumbles.

Draft projection: Second round.

Lowdown: The USA Today Defensive Player of the Year coming out of high school, Cravens started at safety for the Trojans as a freshman before moving into a hybrid linebacker/safety role the next two seasons. Over that time, he earned third-team All-American and first-team All-Pac 12 honors in both seasons. … Consistently made big plays by showing a good combination of instincts and football intelligence. … Needs to continue to bulk up if he’s going to play linebacker in the NFL. … Should contribute right away on special teams. … Comes from athletic bloodlines. His cousins, Jordan and Brynn Cameron, played football and women’s basketball, respectively, at USC, while another cousin, Colby Cameron, played quarterback at Louisiana Tech and was signed by the Carolina Panthers.

They said it: “Different teams have different opinions on Su’a Cravens, whether he’s a safety or a linebacker, but he fits what today’s outside linebacker is. … He could be a strong safety, he could be a Will linebacker, he could rush, he could be a dime linebacker in your dime package.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.