‘DRC’ will get chance to start right away

Monday, April 28, 2008 at 1:09am

Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s NFL dream came true over the weekend, as he was taken in the first round (16th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals.

The 6-foot-2 Tiger star impressed NFL scouts at the Combine and at the Senior Bowl and even drew the raves of former NFL star Deion Sanders when he was picked on Saturday.

“We felt like he excelled when he went against some better competition, most notably in the Senior Bowl after the season, and he really stepped it up,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said at a news conference. “That was one of the things really made it easier in our decision process. [He’s] a guy that size with that speed that can make plays on the football, and that’s become more and more important in this league.”

Rodgers-Cromartie is expected compete for a starting job right away against Eric Green and Rod Hood.

“DRC,” as he is called, watched the draft at home in Florida. He was apparently relieved when he heard his name called.

“I just sat down, closed my eyes and said a quick prayer,” he told the Arizona Republic. “It was a dream come true.”

The Cardinals finished 8-8 last season.

Rodgers-Cromartie started 39 games for the Tigers, intercepted 11 passes and broke up 26 in four seasons.

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