Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Scouting Report

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Scouting Report

Position: CB
Conference: Div I-AA
School: Tennessee State Tigers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #45
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 181 lbs.
Drafted 1.16 in 2008 by ARI

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State

Rodgers-Cromartie became an instant starter at Tennessee State in the spring of 2004, played and started all of the team's games during his freshman campaign. He went on to record two interceptions (he returned both for touchdowns), broke up three passes and made 33 tackles. In 2005, he again started all of the team's games while collecting one interception, broke up four passes and recorded 41 tackles. But he really broke out in 2006 with six interceptions, 13 passes broken up and 43 tackles. He even blocked one punt attempt. After the season, Rodgers-Cromartie was voted to the All Ohio Valley Conference First Team. In 2007, he established himself as one of the best defensive backs in the nation, starting all of the 11 games the team played in his senior season. He registered two interceptions with 11 passes broken up, recording 37 tackles and was even invited to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl Classic. Rodgers-Cromartie is an experienced three year starter. He is very athletic, with a good football frame and great straight line speed (4.38-40). He reacts quickly and is also good at recovering speed, accelerating with real burst. He has good leaping ability and usually takes good angles while in pursuit. But he also plays with a swagger and forgets quickly. He is better in zone coverage than man to man schemes. Dominique needs to add strength because he is not physical enough. He also needs to improve his mechanics; his level of competition was a concern until his Senior Bowl performance. Dominique is an outstanding athlete. There were concerns about how he will perform against better athletes, but those doubts were laid to rest with impressive practice sessions leading up to the Senior Bowl. He played safety at the game and was all over the field and displayed an impressive set of skills. Dominique was easily the best defensive back on the game. His performance earned him the Under Amour New Prototype Award. It also earned him a place right in the middle of the second round. Rodgers-Cromartie is an impressive athlete who should only get better in the pros. He still needs to learn how to play one position, but with better coaching and more experience, he should develop into an elite player in the NFL.

Last Updated Mar-01-2008 by Raul Colon

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