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USC LB Su'a Cravens turns down Raiders, others for private workout

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At some point within the next week or so, the Raiders had hoped to host USC linebacker Su'a Cravens for a private workout. That workout won't happen now and neither will any other requested workout with the draft prospect according to his agent, Faddle Mikhail.

"There have been too many teams that have called to set up private workouts," Mikhail told Pro Football Talk Tuesday, "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."

Cravens is a linebacker by trade, but at just 6-1, 222 pounds, he may have some teams looking at him as a strong safety - a position at which Raiders have a need. And it's likely one of the reasons why so many teams wanted to see him privately.

In three seasons with the Trojans, Cravens had 10.5 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss. He also showed his prowess in coverage with 25 passes defended and 9 interceptions -- both areas he was extremely consistent over his three seasons at USC.

He is projected as a late first round to early second round pick and most believe his and his agent's decision not to agree to private workouts will not negatively affect his draft stock.

UPDATE: Cravens will visit the Raiders. He will simply not be doing any physical workouts.