Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin took a trip down south to Arizona where he attended the school’s pro day and got a close look at defensive back Dane Cruikshank.
Cruikshank had an impressive final season with the Wildcats but projects to be a late-round pick or undrafted free agent in April. Cruikshank’s impressive combine may have boosted his draft stock though as the 6’1”, 206 pound player recorded a 4.41 second 40-yard dash, 25 reps on the bench press, a 38.5” vertical jump, a 121.0 inch broad jump, a 6.89 second 3-cone drill and a 4.24 second 20-yard shuttle.
After a redshirt year in 2015, Cruikshank didn’t miss a game in his two seasons playing for Arizona and recorded 134 tackles, one sack, five interceptions, 12 passes defended and a forced fumble in the process.
According to Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline, Austin was getting a good look at Cruikshank while putting him through a difficult workout.
Defensive back Dane Cruikshank was the highlight of Arizona’s pro day. He stood on all his combine numbers, but the big defensive back did weigh in at 210 pounds, one pound heavier than he weighed in Indianapolis.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin put Cruikshank through a grueling set of position drills, and by all accounts he looked terrific. The team later spent an extensive amount of time with him.
Teams are split on where Cruikshank will play at the next level, as some feel he’s sized as a safety while others feel he has the ball skills to play cornerback. We presently grade the senior on our cornerback board.
CBS Sports has Cruikshank ranked as the 195th best prospect in the draft, which would make him a mid-sixth round pick if it came to fruition. The Bengals don’t have any sixth round picks but they do have three seventh round picks.