You have visited a lot of teams. That has to be a good thing.
Antonio Cromartie: It is a very good thing.
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
I am ready to start setting my goals for the upcoming training camp to
get ready for the 2006 season.
Did you believe there was more pressure on you to perform in the
Combines and Pro Day coming off an injury?
Antonio Cromartie: I don¹t feel like I had to do more. For me, I
was always worked hard and pushed myself in everything I do. I had to
push myself more because of the knee injury but I always wanted to
meet those standards, if not higher.
One of the sayings I heard was quarterbacks stay away from Cromartie
like a ³tax audit² talk about teams staying away from you.
Antonio Cromartie: I really didn¹t 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 didn¹t really get
Do you want teams to throw on you they do target rookie cornerbacks
in the NFL:
Antonio Cromartie: I would love for teams to throw at me. I
would love that. Give me a more of an opportunity to show what I can do
and get my hands on the ball. If they do, it means a lot more
opportunities to make a play on the ball to make them pay for it. If
they are not throwing at me it is also a good thing.
How do you go about showing your high character in interviews:
Antonio Cromartie: I just be myself. I always have a smile on my
face. I am just a very jovial person that loves what I do in football
and life in general.
What is your upside going into the Pros?
Antonio Cromartie: My upside is really big.
How has your size and playing physical helped your game and do you feel
refined as a cornerback?
Antonio Cromartie: My size and height has helped me out a lot. I
have been going up against receivers that are 6-foot-3,
6-foot-4. People think that because of my size I cant really move and
stay with a smaller receiver but that is a total lie. If you train your
body the right way and you treat your body the right way and use proper
technique you can cover them and if you have confidence in what you do
you bring a lot more to the table. I am a very confident person in my
technique and ability to play football. I am probably the biggest
corner coming into this draft. I believe it will help me out a lot
playing in the NFL and making tackles.
Talk about practicing against FSU receivers and playing in the ACC:
Antonio Cromartie: I love to practice. For me, that is where
some of the best plays get made. Playing against our receivers and the
best of the ACC Craphonso Thorpe, PK Sam, Chauncey Stovall we all
competed. That is what you look for in one-on-one, seven-on-seven and
even 11-on-11. You are looking for guys that compete on every play.
What does an NFL team get in Antonio Cromartie:
Antonio Cromartie: From a personal standpoint, you are going to
get a very humble person. Someone that loves to play football. From a
football standpoint, a physical, big corner that likes to make plays
when it is time to make plays and will come up and tackle. A shutdown
Any other teams make an impression on you?
Antonio Cromartie: Not as much as San Diego. A lot of teams have
made an impression on me. Baltimore, Washington every team I have
visited made a positive impression.
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.
The weather was great but being able to talk to him and getting to
talk to some of the player out there was great.
Antonio Cromartie Q&A
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