Cromartie: Coming to AZ would be a 'Blessing'

With the draft fast approaching, the Cardinals are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. That best-case scenario involves CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie falling to No. 16 in round one. The Cardinals are in dire need of more depth at cornerback and are very interested in the first cousin of the NFL's reigning interceptions leader.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (6'2", 182 pounds) met with the Cardinals at the NFL Combine and again at his Pro Day. He did not have a private visit with the team but counts the Cardinals amongst the clubs showing the most interest in him.

He confirmed to's Samantha Fillerup that he wouldn't mind falling to the middle of round one if it meant the opportunity to play for Ken Whisenhunt and Clancy Pendergast in Arizona.

"It would be a great blessing to me," he said.

Rodgers-Cromartie has seen his stock soar on the heels of a standout senior season at Tennessee State, in which he recorded 37 tackles, eleven pass breakups and two interceptions. He was named a Division II All-American for his efforts.

His athleticism and his passion for the game drive him to succeed and motivate those around him. He has an incredible leaping ability and reacts instantly to the ball in flight. And that's not all he could bring to the Cardinals.

"They'd get someone who'd come in, work hard and better the team," he said.

Rodgers-Cromartie not only has a clear understanding of zone concepts, but is also effective in pass coverage. He runs a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, explodes off the snap, stays with quicker receivers and features good closing speed.

His upsides are many, although his shortcomings cannot be dismissed. He can be reckless, which can lead to costly penalties, and needs to be more patient during the play. He is an adequate tackler, although will ankle-bite at times.

Rodgers-Cromartie would help to fortify the Cardinals' undermanned secondary. In 2007, Cardinals cornerbacks combined for 11 interceptions, only one more than Dominique's cousin, Antonio Cromartie, pulled down all by his lonesome. Compounding matters is that Antrel Rolle, who recently moved to safety, was responsible for five of those 11 interceptions.

Rodgers-Cromartie has enjoyed private visits with the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens. That latter meeting could be worrisome, as the Ravens go on the clock seven spots before the Cardinals.

It appears Rodgers-Cromartie will be chosen before the Cardinals get a shot at him. However, if he is still on the board, expect the Cardinals to make like a Cromartie and go into attack mode.

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