WASHINGTON — Gone are the days of rookie hazing in the NFL, replaced by rookies carrying equipment for veterans, and the often talked about but rarely shown rookie skits.
Thanks to Niles Paul, we get an inside look at the talents, or lackthereof, of rookie second-round draft pick Su’a Cravens.
From the footage, we know that the versatile defender who got less than two lines into the first verse of Usher’s “Confessions Part II” before he was “stoned” by teammates:
The surprising thing is that Cravens seems surprised by his swift exit.
Cravens has already endeared himself to the Redskins’ front office with his hybrid abilities, and to the fan base by choosing No. 36 for his idol Sean Taylor, who also used the number in his rookie season before switching to No. 21.
The plan is to start him out on special teams and let him play in the box in certain packages, as a “dime linebacker.” This is a noteworthy position, as the Redskins run specialty packages (nickel and dime) more than the base scheme.
The Redskins will be thrilled if Cravens can become the next great homegrown talent on the football field. From the reaction in this video, his teammates hope he focuses his talents there as well.