Selected excerpts from his piece in the Republic:
No pick in the first round of Saturday's NFL draft drew a louder or more positive response from any of the talking heads on the NFL Network than the selection of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
When the Cardinals took the Tennessee State cornerback at No. 16, all you could hear on the television was someone shouting, "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"
It was Deion Sanders.
But if you liked Aeneas Williams
when he played here, I have a suspicion you're going to like Rodgers-Cromartie almost as much. In time, maybe even more.
Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves said it's already tempting to compare Rodgers-Cromartie to Williams and others, including Albert Lewis, the former four-time Pro Bowl corner for the Kansas City Chiefs
"He brings all the tools those players brought to the table," Graves said.
"His opportunity to be a star is just as good as those guys."
"Tremendous upside," Pendergast said, noting how Rodgers-Cromartie separated himself at the Senior Bowl against supposedly stronger competition.
He appears to be the classic big-time corner from a small-school program
, just like Green, who attended Texas A&I. Just like Williams, who went to Southern. Just like Lewis, who came out of Grambling State.
Those all were shutdown cornerbacks, and there haven't been many in the NFL. Sanders was, and he thinks Rodgers-Cromartie is going to be a star.
"He liked the pick, huh?" Whisenhunt asked, smiling.