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
03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: Former University of Wisconsin cornerback Marcus Cromartie thought he deserved a spot at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis last month. When he was bypassed, he decided to funnel his disappointment into his performance at UW's pro day on Wednesday. That approach worked, with Cromartie running a best time of 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which is believed to be the fastest time posted among the eight players who took part in that event.
"I was excited," said Cromartie, a two-year starter for the Badgers. "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." Cromartie's time is likely to open a few eyes in the scouting community, especially since he stands taller than 6 feet and weighs about 200 pounds. That fits the prototype of what the NFL is looking for these days in terms of big cornerbacks. "I knew I was going to shock people, because I heard they were thinking I was going to run 4.55 and a lot of other things," Cromartie said. "I know what my speed was."
In addition to the NFL looking for big corners who can knock receivers off routes at the line of scrimmage, the position continues to gain importance with so much emphasis on the passing game. "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. - Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal
03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: Marcus Cromartie, CB (6-0, 195) - Cromartie - who was not invited to the combine - ran the 40 in 4.47 and 4.38 seconds, and had a 4.08-second short shuttle and 6.91-second three-cone drill. He had a 34-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 1/2 broad jump. He did 14 strenght lifts. In the drills, Cromartie was a bit high in his backpedal and will need to correct that in order to increase his NFL chances. Still, his performance could vault him into seventh-round consideration in the 2013 NFL Draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Marcus Cromartie, Wisconsin, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Wisconsin football
12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Marcus Cromartie, Wisconsin, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Wisconsin football