The Cardinals took Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with their first round pick in the 2008 draft.
The Cardinals were long thought to be leaning toward defense in the first round of the draft, and they fulfilled that idea Saturday when they took Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with the 16th overall spot.
The Cardinals passed on Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall to take [
](http://www.azcardinals.com/news/draft08.php)Cromartie. They will likely look at a running back in the second round, given the depth at the position in the draft.
"We had quite a bit of discussions and we knew this was a scenario we could be faced with," general manager Rod Graves said.
Cromartie was always the pick in that situation, Graves said.
"We based it on the fact that this is where we would get the greatest margin of improvement due to the position and also we may have opportunities later to address other areas," Graves added.
The Cardinals expect that running backs will be available in the second round.
Some of the Cardinals' possible targets were grabbed up in the picks immediately preceding their choice. The Buffalo Bills took cornerback Leodis McKelvin at No. 11, and then after Denver took tackle Ryan Clady at No. 12, Carolina – which had been eyeing defensive end Derrick Harvey, who went eighth – decided to upgrade their running game with back Jonathan Stewart.
The Bears took Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams at 14 however, and Kansas City, trading into Detroit's 15th spot, chose Virginia offensive lineman Brenden Albert.