With the 40 time in the books, Cromartie appears to be an intriguing prospect to NFL teams. With attractive height and size for an NFL cornerback at 6-foot, weighing in at 195-pounds, the speed may help elevate the corner from a tryout invitation on an NFL squad to seeing his name drafted in the later rounds. Cromartie trained with Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerback Ike Taylor and former first round pick cornerback Favian Washington, who played most recently in 2011 with the Saints, in Orlando, Fla. - Nick Korger, The Badger Herald
Cromartie's work paid off as he grabbed the attention of NFL scouts with a reported 4.35-second clocking in the 40-yard dash.
"I was excited," Cromartie, a two-year starter for the Badgers, told the Wisconsin State Journal. "I felt like I deserved to be at the combine, just based on how I ended the season. I just had to focus on this day and doing my best. I think I did."
At 6-1 and a shade under 200 pounds, Cromartie has the size many NFL teams are seeking in today's pass-happy NFL.
"When you've got players like (the Green Bay Packers') Aaron Rodgers and (the Detroit Lions' Matthew) Stafford that are going to throw the ball 40 times a game, you have to have five great DBs on the field," Cromartie said.
Cromartie was a Top 100 recruit out of Texas who also lettered in track and field in high school. After redshirting in 2008, he saw action on special teams as a redshirt freshman and began cracking the defensive backfield rotation in 2010.
He took over the starting job in 2011 and has been a mainstay at cornerback the past two seasons.
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