Man On Fire: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Carlos GomezContributor IJanuary 4, 2009

Cromartie.  He has 4.3 forty speed, he's 6'2", and loves to get the ball in his hands.  I'm not talking about the guy on the Chargers.  I'm talking about Antonio's cousin Dominique, the best cornerback taken in the draft this year. 

Dominique ended the regular season as a starter and completed the series with the Seahawks by intercepting backup QB Seneca Wallace.  He caught three interceptions out of his career four against Seattle, but certainly flashed the ball skills only Adrian Wilson has shown on this Cardinals team over the past few years.

He intercepted rookie QB Matt Ryan of the Falcons on a long pass attempt to WR Roddy White late in the third quarter of Saturday's Wild Card game and even led the Cardinals in tackles with nine.   

Alongside playmaking SS Adrian Wilson and fellow starting CB Roderick Hood, Cromartie is becoming a leader for the Cardinal secondary, igniting a newly confident Arizona defense hoping to advance to the NFC Conference Championship. 

Next week, Cromartie will line up against Panthers WR Steve Smith in a great match-up of two of the fastest players in the league.  The Cardinals last played the Panthers in week eight and had the lead early, but lost due to two third quarter touchdowns to Smith.  In that game, Eric Green was the starting corner instead of Cromartie.

No matter what happens, it will be fun to watch Smith and Cromartie battle all game.  Pay close attention to DRC, No. 29.  He has a bright future ahead of him.