Washington Redskins: Breakout Candidate – Su’a Cravens
Every year a player on a team has a tremendous season. He gets a fire under him and he is hard to put out. For the Washington Redskins that has seemed to be on offense the past couple of years. However, in 2017 that breakout player is going to be on defense. The Redskins are assisting in this breakout by moving this player back to his normal position. That player is Su’a Cravens!
The Redskins, in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, drafted Cravens. Due to his physical abilities, they tried to play him as a hybrid linebacker last season. At times, that experiment looked like it would be successful. However, the Washington Redskins are struggling in their defensive secondary. So moving him back to safety is for the better of the franchise.
Su’a Cravens suffered an elbow injury in week 14 of the 2016 season. This injury would keep him out the rest of the season. This will allow him to get a jump-start on the ins and outs of his new position.
Cravens will be a benefit for the Washington Redskins in 2017. He is a matchup nightmare for opposing offenses. He is able to cover tight ends like a blanket. His big frame allows for significant coverage on bigger targets. This is something that the Redskins have lacked since the passing of the great Sean Taylor.
As a freshman at USC, Cravens started 13 games at safety. He recorded 52 tackles, four interceptions, one pass defended, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. As you can see, he is very active back there. It was during his sophomore season that the Trojans decided to play him at the so-called hybrid position. Thus, the reason the Redskins thought it would be advantageous to put him there.
Su’a Cravens wears 36 in honor of the aforementioned Sean Taylor. Putting him back at safety is not only what the Redskins have ordered but what Cravens has ordered too. He is going to have a huge year for the Washington Redskins defense. I would not be surprised if we are talking Pro Bowl after this move.
Su’a Cravens the 2017 Breakout Player of the Year for the Washington Redskins.