Su’a Cravens and Max Tuerk were listed among the Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft by NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein.
In recognition of their being just 100 days until the 2016 NFL Draft, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein ranked to the Top 100 prospects Tuesday. Su’a Cravens and Max Tuerk made the cut.
Cravens, the three-year starter at safety and linebacker, is USC’s highest rated prospect at No. 54 while Tuerk came in at No. 74.
On Monday, Daniel Jeremiah, also of NFL.com, ranked his Top 50 players for the draft, listing Cravens even higher at No. 49.
Here’s what Jeremiah had to say about the Trojan linebacker:
"Cravens is a three-year starter for the Trojans. He has lined up at safety and linebacker during his college career. He isn’t ultra-twitched-up but he’s very athletic, instinctive and productive. Against the run, he is very slippery to work around blockers and he has excellent snap anticipation. There are times where he gets swallowed up at the point of attack. When given the opportunity, he is very effective covering tight ends. He is physical to re-route and fast enough to carry them down the seam. Overall, Cravens has starter ability as a box safety or 3-4 WILL linebacker."
USC’s prospects for the draft are limited this year. In 2015, the Trojans had two players selected in the first round but there is a chance no USC players will be selected on Day 1 in 2016. Cravens will be fighting for a spot in the first round, but his hybrid status makes his spot hard to predict.
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In other circumstances, Tuerk might have worked his way into the higher rounds, but the offensive lineman tore his ACL midway through the 2015 season. Like Cravens, his versatility also makes him a difficult prospect to gauge. With experience playing every position on the line, his NFL landing spot remains up in the air as teams evaluate him as a center, guard and tackle.
Other draft prospects for the Trojans include Kevon Seymour, Tre Madden, Cody Kessler, Delvon Simmons, Soma Vainuku, Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend, Anthony Sarao, Jahleel Pinner, Lamar Dawson and Claude Pelon. However, of those only Seymour appears in the Top 200 of CBS Sports prospect rankings.