Second Round DB Sets Dallas Visit

TheRanchReport.com first reports on one of the top defensive backs available in the 2006 NFL Draft setting a visit with the Dallas Cowboys.

One of the top defensive backs available in the 2006 NFL Draft, former Florida State corner Antonio Cromartie, will visit with the Dallas Cowboys next week, TheRanchReport.com has learned.

Cromartie will also visit with the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.

Cromartie was a preseason All-America selection in Tallahassee, but he suffered a knee injury that cost him the entire 2005 season. He decided to come out for the NFL draft anyway.

While any team drafting Cromartie will be taking a chance because of the knee injury, the potential rewards could be very high. He is a rare combination of size (6-2, 208) and speed (4.47 time in the 40) and shows good football instincts. Some around FSU have called him the best athlete in the program since Deion Sanders.

The knee injury does represent a risk, but he does appear that he has fully recovered from it.

In fact, Scout.com reported that he could have played in the Orange Bowl against Penn State, but the Seminole coaches nixed the idea. His performance in the combine backs up the assessment that he is at or near 100% healthy.

While the Cowboys appear to be set at corner with Anthony Henry and Terence Newman, the possibility of moving Henry to free safety this off-season seems to be growing by the day, according to published reports.

If Henry is moved, the Cowboys will indeed be in the market for a cornerback in this year's draft, possibly with one of their first two picks.



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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