Round 2: LB Su’a Cravens, Southern California
Su’a Cravens has risen up many draft boards, but for now a second-round grade is fair for him. What makes Cravens so intriguing is the position he’ll play in the NFL. He enters the draft listed as an outside linebacker, but reports suggest many NFL teams seem him fit best as a safety.
At 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, he lacks the ideal size of an outside linebacker but has great instinct and coverage ability. While some teams will view him as a safety, the Packers could see him fit best as an inside linebacker. He can be the guy to drop into coverage and chase sideline to sideline, an area the Packers need an upgrade with Clay Matthews moving back outside.
Make no mistake, Cravens has the toughness to play in the middle. He packs a punch and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line. He would give plenty of help in run defense but also has the coverage ability required.
Second-year Jake Ryan flashed potential as a run-stuffing linebacker, and pairing him with Cravens could give the Packers a solid starting tandem of young talent. Sam Barrington’s return from injury would ensure the unit was set at the position.
Next: Round 3