Cravens, a three-year starter, was a first team All-Pac-12 performer for the past two seasons. He was also a Freshman All America selection in 2013, as well as an All-Pac-12 honorable mention honoree.
“After considering all the options 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 tweeted. “Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream and I feel the opportunity at hand is too good to pass up.”
As a junior this season, Cravens has recorded 14 1/2 tackles for loss, including 5 1/2 sacks. He also has two interceptions in 2015.
In the last game of Cravens’ college career, USC will play Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Kickoff between the Trojans and Badgers is set for Dec. 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.