Antonio Cromartie   CB   Florida St

Strengths

Antonio has excellent size for his position.  Before his knee injury, he had great speed and impressive burst to the ball.  Antonio was a playmaker -- that fancy cover corner that all the defensive coordinators stay away from when they are game planning.  I don’t have very much tape on this kid, but what I have sends chills down your spine because of all the pure talent that he shows on just one or two plays.  He will scare the crap out of opponents on special teams and that alone is worth watching this kid when he gets on the field. 

 

Needs to Improve

Antonio had a knee injury and decided not to play this previous season in college.  His knee injury (from all reports) is an ACL tear that many players have returned from without any major problems.  Antonio decided to sit out this full year and then make himself eligible for the draft.  The rumor is that NFL scouts are still very high on Antonio and if he tests out at the combine and shows them that the knee has been rehabilitated, they'll still consider him a high draft choice. 

 

Talent Board Round   1

A healthy Antonio might be the most athletic and talented CB in this draft class.  An educated guess says that if he was healthy and had a full season of college play under his belt, he might have been a top ten to top fifteen pick in this draft and that still could happen.  He has been compared to Deion Sanders and I would have to say in the small amount of film I have of Antonio, that's a good comparison.  Would I be concerned about the fact that Antonio did not play at all for his college team and has come out early?  Yes -- but to my knowledge, there are no other issues in this kid's background that makes me think that this is a decision of a immature kid.  We all know that this program struggles with sending mature players to the NFL.  I won’t say any more because I don’t want a whole bunch of e-mails cursing at me and calling me a bunch of names that are very easy to pronounce.  Antonio might not be a team-oriented person at this point of his career, but he is very talented and, to my knowledge, looks to be a good person.  So he made a decision that might be a little selfish, but to be honest with you, if I was in his position, I’m not sure I wouldn't have done exactly the same thing.  Nah!  I would have tried to at least get back on the field this year, but that doesn’t make me right -- it just makes me different, and we all know how “different” I am!
by Drew Boylhart

THR

February 2006