Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel with the Tennessee Titans introduce Rashaan Evans
Michael Schwab, the Tennessean
The smallest design class in the history of the Titans promises to have a tremendous impact.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson went on to choose quality over quantity, trading for the third time in so many days to select Dears Cruikshank's Arizona defensive back with the 152nd overall selection in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
The Titans designed Washington State quarterback Luke Falk with the 199th pick in the sixth round, the same place Tom Brady was drafted by the Patriots in 2000.
Tennessee also traded on each of the first two days of the draft, selecting Alabama in linebacker Rashaan Evans with 22nd overall point in the first round and Boston College outside linebacker Harold Landry with the 41st overall point in the second round.
The moves left the titans without a third or fourth round, but secured two players who are widely regarded as first-round talents – and in the two largest positions of the team.
Tennessee gave Ravens picks # 162 and # 215 to switch to Cruikshank.
The Titans entered the league with only six picks and drew three times without sacrificing votes in 2019.
The four tips this season were the least in the franchise history. The previous low was six picks, in 2014 and # 03;
Dane Cruikshank, DB, Arizona
The 6-foot-1, 209-pound Cruikshank is set to play safety and provide behind the starters Kevin Byard and Johnathan Depth Cyprien
"Whatever they need me to I'm ready to play, "said Cruikshank. "I feel like I can do anything, so I do not think I'll have any problems playing free safety or strong safety, I can tackle, I can play in the pits, I can roll on the mail, so do not do it."
Cruikshank played the "spur" security role as a senior when he was normally lined up in the slot or just outside the tackle box. He thrived in this role, recording 75 booklets, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, five pass breakups and a forced fumble in 13 games.
Two of these picks were against Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold, two of the four quarterbacks were placed in the top 10 in the first round.
"These are two great quarterbacks, you know?" Cruikshank said. "But I did a lot of good games against a lot of good players, that's only two of them."
Cruikshank played as junior cornerback when he provided two interceptions for the team lead.
"The versatility is enormous," said Titan coach Mike Vrabel. "If you only play one position in this league, you should be better at it. We are thrilled with the versatility."
Cruikshank started playing his grades from high school due to a problem with JUCO Ball at Citrus (Calif.) College.
"We spent a lot of time with him this spring," Robinson said. "He's really good in size, he has really good speed, he was playing outside the corner, he was playing in the corner, he was working on safety, he was playing, really excited to add him."
Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
The 6-4, 223-pound Falk will probably be the third quarterback behind Marcus Mariota and primary backup Blaine Gabbert. He will have the inside track to beat Alex Tanney and Tyler Ferguson for this job.
Falk won the Burlsworth Trophy, which was awarded to the nation's best former walk-on after completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 3,593 yards and 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season.
"He was a guy standing on top of our board," Robinson said. "Quarterback is a premium position in this league, and to add a man like him who had a really prolific college career, and with his work ethic and attitude on that position … I'm really excited to add Luke,
Falk began 40 of 43 games in four seasons while passing the PAC-12 and WSU career records for Passing Yards (14,486), Total Off (14,086), Passing Touchdowns (119), Pass Completions (357) Attempts (534) and Total Games (2,306).
Falk also holds a school record with seven career comeback wins in the fourth quarter.
Falk has long been a Brady fan, and even compared his game to the five-time Super Bowl -Champion
"I just think we have the same similarities and the same style of play," Falk said. "We're not the most mobile guys. We do things in the bag, make throws in a small space. We are exactly. He's the best to do it and someone I look up to and try to imitate my game. It's a huge coincidence that Pick 199 and Tennessee shot me. "
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