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Going Corner First; Cards Grab CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with 16th Pick

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The Cardinals needed help in the corner spot, and Saturday they were able to secure what many think is the best CB in the draft, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from Tennessee State.  Last season in 11 games he had 37 tackles, and 2 picks.  He is a very solid cover guy and is very aggressive, meaning he can make plays, but sometimes does a little too much, which is something the Cards will have to work on.  Look for Rodgers-Cromartie to be a steal at this spot when it’s all said and done.

Here is a scouting report on Rodgers-Cromartie from NFLdraftcountdown.com

Strengths:
Naturally athletic and very smooth…Great height with long arms and some growth potential…Very good timed speed with a burst to close…Instinctive and breaks on the ball quickly…Terrific agility…Playmaker with exceptional ball skills…Aggressive and confident…Was pretty productive at his level…Also an excellent kick returner.

Weaknesses:
Needs to add weight and bulk up…Not very physical and has to get stronger…Did not play against top competition…Still raw and will need to work on his technique and footwork…Struggles to shed blocks…Doesn’t really offer much in run support.

Notes:
Attended four different high schools and didn’t play football until his senior year..A Division II All-American…Also participated in track for the Tigers, winning the Ohio Valley Conference championships in the 60 yard dash, the long jump and the high jump…Needs to put some time in at the training table and in the weight room but has the talent to make the NFL leap…One of the top sleepers prospects available.

And here is ESPN’s take on Rodgers-Cromartie:

Rodgers-Cromartie isn’t as strong against the run as teams would like and he needs to add some weight to his frame. On the flip side, he quieted concerns about facing small-school competition with an excellent showing during Senior Bowl week and an outstanding performance at the combine. There’s little question about his upside; he’s fast enough to run with any receiver and he can cut on a dime. In addition, he can line up at free safety and he has the range to play a center fielder type role.


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