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Su’a Cravens says no thanks to private workout requests

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For USC linebacker/safety Su’a Cravens, the hay is in the barn. Cravens won’t be doing any private workouts for teams, his agent Fadde Mikhail tells PFT.

The reason? Cravens is getting a glut of requests.

“There have been too many teams that have called to set up private workouts,” Mikhail said, “and I think Su’a’s body of work on film speaks for itself. Su’a is a football player. He is a playmaker at whatever position he’s at, whether it’s safety or linebacker. Su’a has three years of film while an All-American at USC, plus he did the Combine and did everything at his Pro Day on March 23 where all 32 NFL clubs were present.”

The decision not to work out for teams is gradually becoming more popular with some agents, who believe the reward of potentially increased draft positioning doesn’t justify the risk of injury that arises every time a guy runs and cuts and otherwise does once again the things he already has done once or twice since successfully (and healthily) completing a college football career.

Although Cravens played much of 2015 as a linebacker, many view Cravens as a safety at the next level. NBC draft analyst Josh Norris sees Cravens as a high second-round pick, with the possibility of going in round one.

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45 Responses to “Su’a Cravens says no thanks to private workout requests”
  1. packmangamble says: Mar 29, 2016 9:40 PM

    In other words they don’t want to show any of his flaws!

  2. deftspyder says: Mar 29, 2016 9:43 PM

    He’s pulling a Hillary… no more debates.

  3. derekgorgonstar says: Mar 29, 2016 9:49 PM

    Risk of injury? During a private workout? Really?

    What happens when you draft him, then ask him to practice? Does he refuse to do that, too?

    BECAUSE YOU KNOW I COULD GET HURT COACH

    Get a new agent, kid. This one is costing you money.

  4. raiderapologist says: Mar 29, 2016 9:50 PM

    LB in college projecting to safety on Sundays is right in Oakland’s wheelhouse. They are missing a big piece there, and Jalen Ramsey will be long gone at 14.

  5. bigdog2372 says: Mar 29, 2016 9:51 PM

    Not really a smart move. It could show teams that you don’t care enough to work for it. This may come back to bite him.

  6. keylimelight says: Mar 29, 2016 9:55 PM

    This is sensible.

    Maybe he can just fly in for dinners and interviews. Man, that would be worth it to network your way around the league.

    The teams get to see what your made of character-wise.

  7. firstdownbrowns says: Mar 29, 2016 10:01 PM

    seems like this movie plays every year

  8. officialgame says: Mar 29, 2016 10:01 PM

    How many players have been injured in private workouts with teams, answer none.

  9. arrogantnation says: Mar 29, 2016 10:04 PM

    Instinctive playmaker who doesn’t test well athletically.

  10. cribbage12 says: Mar 29, 2016 10:06 PM

    Wassssuaaaaa!!!????

  11. ttommytom says: Mar 29, 2016 10:08 PM

    Good for him.

    If everyone fought the nonsense, the nonsense would go away.

  12. granadafan says: Mar 29, 2016 10:36 PM

    officialgame says:
    Mar 29, 2016 10:01 PM
    How many players have been injured in private workouts with teams, answer none.

    and
    derekgorgonstar says:
    Mar 29, 2016 9:49 PM
    Risk of injury? During a private workout? Really?

    Brandon Thomas tore an ACL on a private workout with the Saints in 2014. He dropped at least a round in the draft.

  13. milwaukeeguy says: Mar 29, 2016 10:37 PM

    But he does have the coolest name in the draft.

  14. patsfiend says: Mar 29, 2016 10:47 PM

    This kid makes plays. Lays lumber. Films show plenty of that. Hope he drops to the Pats.

  15. steeltownpride says: Mar 29, 2016 10:55 PM

    Taylor Mays 2.0 ?

  16. dynasonic says: Mar 29, 2016 11:00 PM

    I don’t blame him one bit. What can a team make him do that he didn’t show them on his pro day? He has everything to lose and not much to gain.

  17. seatownballers says: Mar 29, 2016 11:02 PM

    Next kam chancellor

  18. tangysizzl says: Mar 29, 2016 11:10 PM

    Perfect fit for what ails the Packers on defense, a undersized LBer who excels in coverage. A team who right or wrong hardly ever brings in top prospects for private workouts, they prefer to use those for medical checks and lower level UDFA types who get to pick their teams out of college.

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 29, 2016 11:29 PM

    He could easily do a video conference with each team without ever leaving his house and at least give them that part of what they’d get along with a private workout.

  20. justintuckrule says: Mar 29, 2016 11:35 PM

    Most teams are just taking notes on the kids weaknesses for future. It’s recon. They have no intention on drafting him. I applaud him. Pay if you want a look. No free lap dances.

  21. ovaw8lova says: Mar 29, 2016 11:44 PM

    This appears like a no brainer to me. What is the point when they have the combine and pro day to ask for additional workouts? Heck with that. He tears and ACL then all of a sudden he plummets. The agent is smart in this one. In fact all agents should do this. Teams over analyze this stuff anyway.

  22. purplepride11 says: Mar 29, 2016 11:44 PM

    Hope he falls to the Vikings in the 2nd round

  23. therealraider says: Mar 29, 2016 11:57 PM

    Thats weird considering he already had one for Ken Norton Jr.. Personally I think he’s too slow.

  24. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 30, 2016 12:06 AM

    distant cousin of Manti Te’o maybe San Diego takes him!!!

  25. greg3117 says: Mar 30, 2016 12:18 AM

    The underwear olymics are a joke. Look at the tape and move on.
    For those of you that want to watch guys run the 40 or bench press 235 or whatever it is, feel free.
    Wake me up come draft time.

  26. sdchicken says: Mar 30, 2016 12:23 AM

    Smart move. Why risk blowing out your ACL? Go to meetings, but no need to risk it on the field. He’s going in round 1 or 2

  27. cchicinfan says: Mar 30, 2016 12:32 AM

    A lot of people seem to be missing the point of the combine. It came about so the teams would have one place to see the players-and now we have it AND a bunch of private workouts. What a joke and good for him for saying “No”. And yes, players have gotten injured during private workouts and it costs them real money. You don’t see the team they were working out for stepping in and offering to make up the difference.

  28. rraider says: Mar 30, 2016 1:56 AM

    Tough position to be in but…….

    I wouldnt what to piss anyone off.

    A “visit” to certain teams may get you 1st round money instead of 2nd!

    Private workouts for most are really personal interviews to see if you fit personalitywise……or do our coaches like you more than they already do…..

  29. NJ49er says: Mar 30, 2016 4:40 AM

    officialgame says:
    Mar 29, 2016 10:01 PM
    How many players have been injured in private workouts with teams, answer none.

    Look up a guy named Brandon Thomas from Clemson.
    Tore an ACL working out for the Saints in a Pre-Draft workout.
    It happens…..

  30. cross300 says: Mar 30, 2016 4:40 AM

    To any player not willing to do private workouts they are either trying to hide something or they are being a diva. Teams beware if youre a competitor you will show what you can do anytime any place.

  31. cjweber5187 says: Mar 30, 2016 4:44 AM

    steeltownpride says:
    Mar 29, 2016 10:55 PM
    Taylor Mays 2.0 ?

    They are completely different players. Cravens is an instinctual player that is somewhat limited athletically and Taylor Mays is an athletic freak with horrible instincts.

  32. howiehandles says: Mar 30, 2016 7:19 AM

    He’s done all he needs to do.

    Played well at USC, plenty of tape.
    Combine.
    Pro Day.

    Enough is enough. Good for him to take a stand.

  33. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 30, 2016 9:04 AM

    Other than attending the same University, Su’a Cravens is nothing like Taylor Mays.

    Cravens was a playmaker, not a head hunter. He was exceptional at stopping the run and covering any intermediate and deep routes.

    Also, Mays played on a deep defense which enabled him to roam free – little responsibility.

  34. donnyscott says: Mar 30, 2016 9:16 AM

    His agent could definitely be costing him money. Sometimes these teams bring them in not only for the workout but to just get to know them better and get a feel for their true personality.

  35. bapper says: Mar 30, 2016 10:24 AM

    Normally I would say that it is no big deal, however it is for Cravens. He is a tweeter and teams want to see if they think he is better as a linebacker or a safety. If teams can’t get to work him out to see which they feel he is best at they are less likely to take a chance on him. Would not be surprised if this hurts his draft stock.

  36. silvernblackpride says: Mar 30, 2016 10:32 AM

    He’s a Raider already!!!

    One more key piece !!!

    GET EM REGGIE

    —–RAIDER4LIFE——-

    JUST WIN BABY 2016

  37. stoptrippn says: Mar 30, 2016 10:48 AM

    Mays is way better. this guy is small. TE will eat him alive

  38. steelerben says: Mar 30, 2016 10:57 AM

    I like this tactic. If you know that you’re getting interest from, if not the whole league, the vast majority of teams you don’t need to go to meetings and pump up your value with clubs you don’t want to play for. You’re better off dripping to low in the first round and playing for a competitive team.

  39. BigAlHeBDMan says: Mar 30, 2016 11:11 AM

    Well, there’s 32 teams in the League, but only one team can draft him.

  40. mogogo1 says: Mar 30, 2016 11:34 AM

    I can see wanting to see a QB throw live in some drills you are running that are particularly suited to what you run on offense. That could, at least in theory, be beneficial for both the team and the player. But a linebacker or safety is going to look the same in a group workout or an individual one, so what is the point?

  41. truninerfan49 says: Mar 30, 2016 12:58 PM

    for the people saying you can’t get hurt during a workout, talk to Brandon Thomas. He was a potential 1st round pick who dropped to the 3rd round after tearing his ACL doing a private workout for the Saints. If you do everything at the combine and your pro day, I don’t see the need for a private workout either.

  42. icallbs81 says: Mar 30, 2016 1:42 PM

    Was going to say what truniner said. Great point and it makes perfect sense to not do the private workouts.

  43. nhpats says: Mar 30, 2016 2:14 PM

    derekgorgonstar says:
    Mar 29, 2016 9:49 PM
    Risk of injury? During a private workout? Really?

    What happens when you draft him, then ask him to practice? Does he refuse to do that, too?

    BECAUSE YOU KNOW I COULD GET HURT COACH

    Get a new agent, kid. This one is costing you money.

    —————
    Practice? Heck Cam Newton would not even attempt to recover a fumble with the SB on the line because he was afraid to get hurt.

  44. EJ says: Mar 30, 2016 2:41 PM

    If teams didn’t get enough information on him at the Pro Day then that is their fault. If I were his agent I would take the exact same stance… why chance injury for such a small reward? He is going to be drafted before the end of round 1, so unless it’s believed he will go in the top 10 there is no reason to chance it.

  45. mydoglouie says: Mar 30, 2016 2:44 PM

    The over kill that is the combine, pro days, and private work outs is over kill and ridiculous for 1st round to even second round players IMO.

    A guy has 2-3 years worth of game film, and all they drill sessions now become more valuable than that? Its quite a stupid notion.

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