The Visitors: Antonio Cromartie

Florida State defensive back Antonio Cromartie is a talented draft prospect with a questionable bill of health -- no wonder he has caught the attention of Lions' GM Matt Millen and the team's scouting department. Part nine in a (now) 17 part series covering an EXCLUSIVE list of draft prospects that Detroit has visited with. In-depth bio and more inside.

Roar Report has compiled an exclusive list of (currently 17) players that the Detroit Lions have privately worked out and/or had visit the Allen Park facility.

Between now and the draft, we will provide overviews of all players that have gotten an additional investment of time from the Lions scouting staff. At least two draft target reports will be published every day for Roar Report subscribers.

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NAME Antonio Cromartie
POSITION Cornerback
COLLEGE Florida State
HEIGHT 6' 2"
#2 @ CB
#26 Overall
INTERACTION Visited Allen Park
Dallas Prospect Profile ...

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

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 208 40: 4.44 Vertical Leap: 42 inches 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.

Lions Interest: Yet another defensive back that Detroit has expressed an interest in. Cromartie, however, might be a realistic selection if he drops into the second round. Slated as a mid-to-late first rounder, the former FSU athletic freak is climbing many draft charts after impressive workouts, but there still remains a slew of defensive backs ahead of him. Lions' GM Matt Millen prides himself on reclamation projects coming out of the draft (see: Shaun Rogers), and Cromartie -- who many analysts believe would have been a top 5 pick if not for health concerns -- is just that. The most likely scenario is if Detroit swings a trade to land an addition first rounder, or Cromartie slips to the 40 spot -- which is a possibility.

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