The Tennessee Titans continued their trend of trading up in the 2018 draft, going up for the third time in as many pick to select defensive back Dane Cruikshank of Arizona in the fifth round.
Tennessee gave up pick No. 215 to the Baltimore Ravens for the right to move from their pick at No. 162 to No. 152, where they selected Cruikshank.
Cruikshank was one of the Titans’ 30 pre-draft visitors He has good size at 6-2, 209 pounds, and is expected to be used as a safety by the Titans. Tennessee was thin at safety behind starters Kevin Byard and Johnathan Cyprien, after letting go of backups Da’Norris Searcy and Curtis Riley in the off-season.
“Whatever they need me to play, whether it’s safety, corner or nickel, I’m coming in there to just do my job. Whatever they ask me to do, that’s what I’m coming in to do,” Cruikshank said.
Cruikshank said he played a little bit of safety in high school, but was mostly a cornerback and nickelback in both junior college and at Arizona.
By giving up the second of their sixth-round picks, the Titans are down to just one more pick, No. 199, barring a trade back to pick up more choices. The Titans have now made trade ups for all three of their draft selections this year.
Cruikshank was a junior college player before joining Arizona, and he explained that he learned a lesson from it after not qualifying academically out of high school.
Among his college highlights included interceptions against 2018 first-round picks Sam Darnold of USC and Josh Rosen of UCLA.