LB - FA
The Broncos released Safety Su'a Cravens Friday ahead of cut day.
Cravens, a 2016 second-round pick, played in just five games in his lone season for the Broncos in 2018. The 24-year-old compiled 18 tackles in that span, with no defended passes or interceptions. Still, with his pedigree and youthfullness, Cravens should catch on somewhere as a low-risk, high-reward backup.
Broncos S/LB Su’a Cravens (knee) is expected to be activated off injured reserve Saturday, making him eligible to play in Sunday’s game against the Texans.
Cravens was placed on injured reserve at the beginning of the season after having surgery for a knee injury that gave him trouble for much of the summer. He was designated as one of the team’s two players eligible to return on October 15th. The 2016 second-round pick of the Redskins sat out the entire 2017 season to tend to with family matters while also contemplating retirement. He was traded to the Broncos in the spring.
The Broncos designated Su’a Cravens to return from injured reserve on Monday. They have three weeks to activate Cravens to the 53-man roster, otherwise he will remain on IR for the remainder of the season. While he can practice, he is not eligible to play until Week 9 against the Texans.
Cravens had surgery in late August for a knee injury that gave him trouble for much of the summer. The 2016 second-round pick of the Redskins sat out the entire 2017 season while dealing with family matters and contemplating retirement. He was traded to the Broncos in the offseason.
Cravens was one of the most impactful players in college football the last two seasons thanks to his instincts and athleticism. USC made sure to capitalize, moving him in and out of the box to cause confusion for opposing offenses and give Cravens chances to make plays on the ball, helping him finish his career with nine interceptions, four fumbles forced, and sixteen passes defensed.
Questions surrounding Su'a Cravens size and combine measurables have persisted throughout the off-season, leading many to wonder what position he's fit to play in the NFL. This uncertainty has prevented Cravens from generating the type of hype among draftniks as he did among college football fans. That said, his aforementioned playmaking abilities seem to have buoyed him to consensus early-day-two mock draft status, as very few media analysts see Cravens hanging around past the 60th pick.
Cravens participated in just three drills this weekend, putting up 16 reps on the bench press, logging a 27" vertical jump and a 9'6" broad jump. Oddly enough, this typically dynamic prospect looked slightly sluggish and imprecise in position drills.
The former USC standout didn't do a whole lot to impact his draft stock at the combine. There are questions about his size and role in an NFL defense and a middling bench press and rather weak jump numbers didn't do anything to draw positive attention. That said, Cravens' tape and disruptive abilities (13 career forced turnovers) speak for themselves. Hopefully, this athletic 'tweener is able to generate some draft buzz with his Pro Day testing.