Antonio Cromartie exclusive interview & scout

The San Diego Chargers took a slight gamble on Antonio Cromartie but his upside alone makes it a worthy pick. He could be the steal of the draft if he reaches his full potential. Here is a quick Q&A with the talented cornerback.

Talk about reaching your goals in your rehab process and this three-month span before the draft:

Antonio Cromartie: Throughout my rehab process I met my goals. I had goals to come back and play at the end of the season and I met those goals. They would not let me but I was healthy enough to play. When I went to the combines, I did not run like I wanted to but on my Pro Day I ran that time. Overall, I have exceeded all of my goals.

I am ready to start setting my goals for the upcoming training camp to get ready for the 2006 season.

One of the sayings I heard was quarterbacks stay away from Cromartie like a "tax audit" – talk about teams staying away from you.

Antonio Cromartie: I really didn't get tested that much. The times that I did, I may not have made the interception but feel like I made a good play on the ball. Through the season, I didn't really get thrown at.

What was it about San Diego that intrigued you and made you think you would be selected after your visit?

Antonio Cromartie: Being in San Diego and being around Coach Stewart, it felt like I was home. Being able to talk to him and find out how the system is run and stuff like that.

Full Name: Antonio Cromartie School: Florida State Pos: CB

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 208 40: 4.51 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Missed the entire ‘05 season after injuring a knee in the pre-season. All-Conference selection the prior year with 22/4/6. Saw extensive playing time as a true freshman, posting 19/1/2.

Pos: Natural cover corner who shuts down opponents. Physical, sized well and jams opponents at the line. Mirrors receivers down the field and offers blanket coverage. Flips his hips in transition, quickly gets his head back around and immediately locates the ball. Aggressive in run defense.

Neg: Lacks quick and fluid footwork in reverse. Slow reacting to receivers' moves.

Analysis: A junior who entered the season with high grades before his knee injury, Cromartie offers terrific upside for the next level. Will see playing time as a rookie if given a clean bill of health.


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