Dane Cruikshank

Arizona
S

Prospect Info

College
Arizona
Hometown
Class
Chino Hills, CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
209 lbs
31”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.36
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tennessee
Titans
Round 5 ‧ Pick 15
40 Yard Dash
4.41
Seconds
 
Bench Press
25
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
38.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.89
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.24
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
LoadingLoading spinner

Playlist

Cruikshank (pronounced crook-shank) redshirted the 2015 season, his first year in Tucson after a successful two-year stint at California's Citrus College. He was a first-team all-state pick at Citrus as a sophomore, landing on top 100 junior college prospect rankings after the season. Cruikshank started all 12 games for the Wildcats in 2016, tying for the team lead with two interceptions (along with 60 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and seven pass breakups). He moved to the "spur" safety spot as a senior, starting all 13 games, posting 75 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Cruikshank also intercepted three passes and deflected five others, while forcing one fumble.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Height, weight, speed prospect who has a chance to be drafted off his measurables and Combine testing alone. Cruikshank does have talent and is a hungry hitter, but he may lack the consistency in coverage to hold up as a full-time safety or cornerback. His ability to run and hit could make him a Day 3 target for a team looking to turn him into a backup defensive back and special teams ace.
Strengths
  • Big, athletic frame
  • Downhill thumper with an appetite to strike
  • Had productive season at the "spur" spot for Wildcats near line of scrimmage
  • Never turns down a tackle opportunity
  • Able to range around the field with good speed
  • Has athletic ability to handle some slot receivers
  • Should have physical tools to challenge matchup tight ends in the NFL
  • Has good long speed and is expected to test well
  • Hands are soft and sudden
  • Can pluck throws in his area like a wide receiver
Weaknesses
  • Struggled badly with outside corner responsibilities in 2016
  • Allowed nine pass interference penalties and loads of touchdowns in that season
  • Struggles with too many mental busts in coverage
  • Can be drawn out of position by combo routes and bait routes
  • Scouts worry that he may not be trustworthy enough in coverage to handle free safety duties

News

Path to the Draft

Final quick-snap 2018 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams

Best and most worrisome picks from the 2018 NFL Draft

Winners and losers from Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft

Winners and losers from Rounds 2, 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft

GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league