Cardinals Tab Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

The Cardinals filled a gaping hole at cornerback with one of the fastest and most athleic cornerbacks in the draft. Arizona selected Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who took an unexpected tumble out of the top-10. The Cardinals will now work on getting their newest acquisition to play like his first cousin, Antonio Cromartie.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (6'2", 182 pounds) met with the Cardinals at the NFL Combine and again at his Pro Day. Apparently he made a good impression, as he'll be wearing Red & White this season.

He confirmed to's Samantha Fillerup before the draft 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 saw 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 will bring to the Cardinals.

"(They'll) 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 will 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.

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