The Green Bay Packers have seemingly split their official meetings with prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft class into two groups so far: potential first-round picks and players who are likely to be taken in the late rounds or to go undrafted.
Today, however, we see one of the first few players projected in the middle rounds coming to Green Bay. That player is Arizona Wildcats defensive back Dane Cruikshank, and the news of his visit comes from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Cruikshank started his collegiate career as a cornerback but moved to a hybrid safety/slot cornerback/linebacker role for his final season. In that year as the Wildcats’ “spur” safety, Cruikshank excelled, recording three interceptions, 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble.
Furthermore, Cruikshank’s testing was very good at the 2018 NFL Combine. Working out as a member of the safety group, he posted times of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 6.89 seconds in the 3-cone drill, while measuring in at 6-foot-1 1⁄4 and 209 pounds. That places him squarely in the Packers’ sights as a potential safety/slot corner in a Micah Hyde-like role. Cruikshank is projected as a round three or four prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, making him a borderline top-100 candidate.