When the New York Giants came to terms on a five-year, $35 million contract with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team knew the corner was a risk.
Sure, ‘DRC’ had looked about as good as one could last year with the Denver Broncos and for three seasons with the Cardinals. But there were two years in Philadelphia that put everything in question.
Was Rodgers-Cromartie a chance-taking athlete who happened to guess more right than wrong last year? Or a shut-down corner?
According to Bucky Brooks, it’s the latter of the two.
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In a recent column on NFL.com, Brooks ranked the 28-year-old Rodgers-Cromartie as the seventh-best cover corner in the NFL. Rodgers-Cromartie ranked one spot ahead of cousin and former Jets’ cornerback Antonio Cromartie. He was the lone corner from the NFC East on the list.
Brooks praised Rodgers-Cromartie for his ballhawking capabilities and ability to lock down any wideout.
‘Possesses the physical tools to be the top cover corner around. He is an athletic ballhawk capable of squatting on routes to produce critical turnovers, yet is also skilled enough to blanket receivers in tight man-to-man.’
Brooks continued to say that when DRC is ‘on,’ he has the potential to be a ‘Top 5’ corner in the league.
What do you think Giants fans? Should Rodgers-Cromartie be ranked higher or lower? Is his rating justified? Voice your opinion on the boards.