BUFFALO, N.Y (WIVB) – What you see on Su’a Cravens highlight tape might depend on what you’re looking for. The USC junior led the Trojans in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks. But, he was recruited as a safety. And though he spent most of his playing time at linebacker he considers himself a natural member of the secondary.
“The role of being a big safety is beginning to change. I think before it was frowned upon.” Cravens said.
Being a big safety is music to the ears for teams like the Bills who want to take those big safeties and have them play linebacker in order to adapt to pass-heavy offenses.
“Those bigger body guys are not going to be as heavily coveted in our division because you are going to be in nickel and dime a lot. You are going to play 70% of the time in nickel. So you need a guy that is quick.” Bills General Manager Doug Whaley mentioned at the teams pre-draft press conference.
Being quick is one of Cravens’ best qualities. His 40-yard dash time clocked in at 4.65. If he can make up for his lack of size — he could be an ideal linebacker in today’s NFL.
“With the league being a passing league…I think I am at more of an advantage than a disadvantage.” Cravens said.