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Keyuo Craver | CB | Nebraska | Big Twelve Conference
Selected by New Orleans Saints in round 4, pick 27 (125 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
5'10½ 201 4.59 3.90
Keyuo Craver
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Three-year starter and both an All-Conference and All-American choice last season. Totaled 60/3/13 during his final campaign in Lincoln after 56/0/13 as a junior and 51/3/12 as a true sophomore. Solid special teams performer that has blocked kicks in the past.

Physically aggressive corner effective against both the run and pass. Good athlete that jams opponents in press coverage and is also smooth turning to run with receivers off the line, losing nothing in transition. Fluid and quick back pedal, displays a great burst of closing speed and hard-hitting. Strong at the point and brings down ballcarriers on initial contact. Follows receivers out of their breaks, displays a quick move to the ball, timing and anticipating his pass defenses well. Fast running laterally, strong at the point of attack and wins out in battles also showing good hands going for the interception. Not quick reacting and indecisive, especially when backed off the line of scrimmage. Occasionally has a lapse in concentration and bites on receivers moves or pump fakes by the quarterback, letting opponents behind him. For the most part has been a very steady and solid cover-man his entire collegiate career and justifiably the best cornerback to come out of Lincoln the past decade. Mid First Round.

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