Cardinals Draft Analysis: Rodgers-Cromartie

In the wake of the 2008 NFL draft excitement, delves into each of the Arizona Cardinals' selections. Here's the inside scoop on the player no one expected to be available at No. 16: Tennessee State's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.


Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie attended multiple high schools and did not play football until his senior year. Likewise, he attended multiple colleges but finished at Tennessee State, where he played as a cornerback and kick return specialist.

A multi-talented athlete, he won the 60 meters, long jump and high jump at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships and was named Top Male Athlete.

His career statistics include 158 tackles, 25 pass breakups and 11 interceptions. He was named a Division II All-American in 2007, when he recorded 37 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions.


Rodgers-Cromartie is an outstanding athlete who seems to excel at whatever he does. His attitude and passion for the game are infectious to those around him. He clocked a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash and his speed is evident in his shutdown coverage ability.

He is well equipped in pass coverage, as he can run stride for stride with quick receivers and understands zone coverage, as well. He has fluid hips, natural hands, and takes good angles in pursuit.


RoCro can be prone to penalties and has yet to fully maximize his leaping skills. His tackling abilities are only adequate but can be improved. He needs more bulk to guard against blockers and bring down receivers at the next level. He played in a Division II conference and has yet to see top competition.


The Cardinals chose Rodgers-Cromartie over a number of other talented cornerback prospects. Among them were Mike Jenkins, who went to the Dallas Cowboys, and local product Antoine Cason, who went to the San Diego Chargers towards the end of round one.


Rodgers-Cromartie will wear No. 29 for the Cardinals and was drafted to fortify Arizona's secondary. In the absence of Antrel Rolle, now a safety, Ro-Cro will join forces with fellow cornerbacks Eric Green, Roderick Hood and Ralph Brown.

Ro-Cro is an exceptional athlete and has much to contribute to the Cardinals' roster. Cardinals fans are abuzz at the possibility of him making impact similar to the one made by his cousin, Antonio Cromartie, last year in San Diego.

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