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Arizona football: Dane Cruikshank and Gerhard de Beer rising in the NFL Draft?

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de Beer appears to be making a late push

NCAA Football: Arizona at Oregon Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the week of the NFL Draft and it seems as if there is some new information going around which greatly benefits two former Arizona Wildcats.

We’ll start with Dane Cruikshank, who seems likely to be drafted at this point. He’s been projected to be picked anywhere from the third- to sixth-round. Sometimes the seventh round, too, but he has worked out with almost half the NFL teams.

Draft Scout indicates that Cruikshank is a prospect on the rise, ranking him as the fifth-best strong safety in the class. It projects him to be a third- or fourth-round pick.

You can find his NFL Draft profile here.

Keep in mind, both Scooby Wright III and Paul Magloire Jr. were plastered all over mock drafts in their respective draft classes. Wright, projected to be a mid-round pick, ended up going late in the seventh round (pick 250). Magloire, another mid-round projection, went undrafted. So always take projections with a grain of salt.

Now on to Gerhard de Beer, an interesting offensive tackle prospect who hasn’t received much attention.

He worked out with Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals, but has been slated as an undrafted free agent for much of the process.

Now, Draft Scout has him sliding up into the sixth round. He figures to be a bit of a project given his limited football experience coming from South Africa as a rugby and track-and-field star.

But if a team can develop him, it could pay huge dividends.