Dominique Rodgers Cromartie is now with the New York Giants. He is a very good CB and the Giants fought hard to get him on their defensive squad, signing him to a five year deal. The following lists five things that you may not have known about DRC.
1) He was a track star in college
Not only did he play football, but DRC was an accomplished track star. NFL.com reports that “he qualified for the NCAA Mid-East Regionals after he captured the Ohio Valley Conference long jump title (25′ 0.75″).” (source: nfl.com).
2) In High School he played two positions
While at Lakewood Ranch High School he played both defensive back and Wide Receiver. In addition to playing both sides of the ball, he also competed on the track team as a sprinter and jumper (source: nfl.com). He was a phenomenal athlete and “The High School Recruiting Report named him the most underrated prospect in the state of Florida” (source: nfl.com).
3) Draft Pick
The Arizona Cardinals drafted DRC with the 16th overall pick in the 2008 draft. During his few years with the Cardinals, “Rodgers-Cromartie amassed 13 interceptions with four touchdowns in three seasons for his first team” (source: Si.com).
4) He believes his best football is ahead of him
Despite being extremely talented, people have often criticized his play as being undisciplined. After being with the Cardinals he went to the Eagles and his play was downgraded a lot. However, last season with the Broncos found him resurrecting his skills under the careful leadership of Jack Del Rio. The Broncos tried to resign him (but with little guarantees) so he decided to sign a five year deal with the Giants. Upon doing this DRC stated: “I haven’t really found anywhere to just call home for real. So if I can just settle down and find a place to be home, I know my best football is ahead of me” (source: Si.com). It’s hard to believe that, with a five year deal officially signed, that DRC isn’t talking about Big Blue. It appears that he is very excited being with the team and expects to be better than ever.
5) He can really help the Giants cover Desean Jackson
Although he left the Eagles, Desean Jackson moved to the Washington Redskins–which means he’ll be facing the New York Giants at least twice every year. He is a dominant receiver, but now the Giants may have found his kryptonite in DRC. Remember, they were both members of the Philadelphia Eagles and would often be paired up together during drills and practices. Interestingly, the Giants also have a detailed plan for DRC, which involves him shadowing all number one receivers–which would include Desean Jackson. (source: nfl.com).