Ro-Cro Savoring His Surname

AZRedReport.com's Samantha Fillerup went one-on-one with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie one week before the draft and again one week afterwards. Now, she projects how he'll fare going one-on-one with NFL receivers next season. Upon further inspection, Fillerup learns blood is thicker than water and talent runs in the family.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is an outstanding athlete whose jaw-dropping interceptions are reminiscent of his cousin, San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Rodgers-Cromartie has seen what's in store for him in the NFL but he is not concerned with keeping his focus on football.

"Money and fame are not my main focus. I just want to play football," he said.

Antonio Cromartie has been in the league for two years but came into his own his second year. In 2007, he had 39 solo tackles, 18 passes deflected, 10 interceptions and three touchdowns.

While Dominique is also likely on the two-year path to stardom, opposing quarterbacks may be reluctant to throw his way simply because of the name on the back of his jersey. The Cromartie relationship and reputation will be a sizable advantage for the Cardinals.


Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
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"We're first-cousins," said Dominique of his relationship with Antonio. "My uncle checked into it."

Rodgers-Cromartie was expected to be chosen before the Cardinals' first-round pick, and when he was still available they capitalized and look forward to the impact he will have in the secondary. In two prior interviews, he indicated that coming to Arizona would be good for him.

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

Rodgers-Cromartie is fast and will run alongside even the fastest receivers. He ran a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash and plays even faster. He has the rare ability to close gaps and be a thorn in the side of anyone he defends.

In his college career, he tallied 158 tackles, 25 passes broken up and 11 interceptions. He also excelled in the 60-meter dash, long- and high-jumps during his time at Tennessee State.

RoCro will be an asset to the Cardinals, but is not without his weaknesses. He has yet to really use his leaping skills to their full extent and is an undisciplined tackler. Additionally, he played in a Division II conference and may struggle against top competition.

Rodgers-Cromartie is eager to show what he can do playing at the highest level. He looks to follow after his cousin and succeed as a shutdown cornerback. He will have an impact on the Cardinals secondary by discouraging quarterbacks from throwing in his direction and punishing those that do. He has a true love for the game and brings his talent and immeasurable qualities to a team in dire need of them.


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