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Su'a Cravens to enter NFL draft

USC junior outside linebacker Su'a Cravens will enter the NFL draft, he announced on Twitter on Wednesday.

Cravens, who has twice been named first-team All-Pac-12, tied for the team lead with 78 tackles and 5.5 sacks during the regular season and has nine interceptions during his three-year career. He arrived at USC as a highly touted safety and played in the secondary as a true freshman before converting to linebacker last season.

"After considering all the option and looking into the future, I feel it is in MY best interest to forego my senior year and declare for the 2016 NFL draft," Cravens wrote in a statement. "Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream and I feel the opportunity at hand is too good to pass up."

In the mock draft released by ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay on Wednesday, Cravens was projected as the No. 27 overall selection.

"I love USC. I want to thank all the professors, advisors, trainers, and coaches for everything they have done for me," Cravens said. "Most of all I would like to thank the fans so much for all their support. You guys truly made my college experience one to remember. I will always be a Trojan!"

Cravens will finish his USC career Dec. 30, in the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin.