We nearly one week away from the start of the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. This means that teams are finishing their top 30 visits and finalizing their draft boards. Well, we have some news of two potential day two defensive backs making their way through Denver.
Visits: #UVA pass-rusher Micah Kiser, who had 22 career sacks, is on a Top 30 visit to the #Rams today. … #Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank visited #Chargers over weekend, then has the #Saints today, #Titans then #Broncos. … #TCU OL Patrick Morris is flying to KC for a #Chiefs visit.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2018
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Arizona defensive back/safety Dane Cruikshank has a pre-draft visit lined up with multiple teams, including the Denver Broncos.
Cruikshank is a 6’1”, 206lb defensive back who is coming off an impressive Combine. He ran a 4.41 40-time, benched 225 25 times, jumped 38.5 inches and had a broad jump of 121.0 inches.
He is coming off an impressive year where he totaled 74 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 5 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble.
Final INT, another bad decision by Rosen. Dane Cruikshank, who had an awesome year for 'Zona playing a rover type opposed to being a true safety all the time, is floating around the box here. Small window to try in the first place, even smaller against an athlete like Cruik. pic.twitter.com/3YFdoPCyMg— Joshua Gleason (@JGleas) April 16, 2018
Cruikshank is a slot defender/strong safety who can cover tight ends and running back’s if needed. He is a late riser, mostly because of his impressive Combine performance, but the talent is there.
I am not sure there is an exact role for him on the Broncos. They have Justin Simmons and Su’a Cravens to fill these roles, but someone like Cruikshank wouldn’t be a bad addition to the Broncos secondary. Look for him to be a day two selection during the draft.
Next, it was reported that the Broncos have a pre-draft visit lined up with former Alabama cornerback, Anthony Averett.
Anthony Averett has a pre-draft visit lined up for next week with the Broncos https://t.co/X4RJsv3pcC— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) April 12, 2018
He is a 6’0”, 185lb cornerback who is expected to be a day two pick in the 2018 NFL Draft as well.
Averett played his college ball at Alabama and was a part of their dominating defense that has had them in the Championship game for multiple years. During his three-year career at Alabama, Averett totaled 98 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 16 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles.
The Broncos have been doing their due diligence on the cornerback prospects throughout the process and will likely take one early in the draft. We can add Averett as a potential option.
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