Rodgers-Cromartie Dons Red & White

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has said "I'm just hoping to go somewhere on the first day," how about the 16th overall pick? The Arizona Cardinals landed in a storybook position with the best ball-hawker in the draft still on the board. The Cardinals newest member has interceptions in his genes and Rod Graves & Co. couldn't be happier.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's road to success has been bumpy. He went to four different high schools and didn't get on the field until his senior year when he played receiver. As the only school who recruited Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State was his fate. He was quick to find his rhythm and had an immediate impact on the program.

The Cardinals hope he will do the same in the big league. Using their first round pick displays their faith that Rodgers-Cromartie will continue to find his way to the ball and be the solidifier of the secondary that they think he will be.

Rodgers-Cromartie holds a big advantage with his height, but is somewhat wiry, nothing an NFL workout regime won't fix. Quarterbacks have a tougher time throwing the ball over his head, he has a long wingspan with the addition of his athleticism he is going to be a huge addition for the Cardinals.

He has the wheels needed in the secondary and travels a little lighter with just one kidney. The reason it was removed is simple, it wasn't working.

From a scout's perspective

Former pro scout Tom Marino has over 30 years of experience in the league, here is his take on Rodgers-Cromartie:

"Is a great looking athlete with speed to burn. Didn't think early on he was very physical or tough, but improved greatly over the season. Gets people on the ground, but wasn't a drive through, wrap up tackler. Pedal and turns were smooth and I felt he could flip his hips and go. Like his plant and drive and showed good ball skills. I was impressed with Senior Bowl efforts."

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