The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Cameron Dantzler 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2019 stats: 40 total tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 8 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Dantzler was a three-star recruit who played football and was a state champion for the track team as a long-jumper. He decided to go to Mississippi State for college where he developed into a solid cornerback prospect.
In his first year on campus, Dantzler was redshirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2017, Dantzler saw limited playing time as a reserve. He stepped into the starting lineup in 2018 and produced with 43 total tackles, two interceptions and nine passes defended. The team went 8-5 with a loss to Iowa in the Outback Bowl. This season, Mississippi State went 6-7 with a loss in the Music City Bowl to Louisville. Dantzler had 40 total tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defended.
While he took a couple of seasons to blossom into the player he is now, Dantzler is a solid prospect. He is now projected to be selected at some point in the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft.
His height and length are among the best in the class for cornerbacks. He is 6-foot-1, which makes him one of the taller prospects at his position. Dantzler also has long arms, which come in handy in coverage. He uses his long arms well to break up passes.
Dantzler played both man and zone coverage at Mississippi State, but he specifically excelled in zone coverage. A lot of this can be credited to his length, but he also does a solid job of reading quarterbacks’ eyes. Teams that desire a good zone corner will love his ability to play short and deep zones.
He is very willing to help out in stopping the run. Dantzler uses his long arms to help shed blocks by wide receivers and he can also weave through traffic to get to the ball carrier. He is solid in pursuit. While he doesn’t have the best form, he is a decent tackler for his position and usually is able to make the play.
He does have some experience in man coverage, but Dantzler doesn’t specialize in guarding players one on one. In the NFL, good receivers should be able to beat him. He shouldn’t be left on an island if teams can help it. Dantzler can develop into a better man corner, but he still fits in best with a team who plays mostly zone.
Dantzler needs to add strength to his frame for several reasons. This will help him shed blocks faster against the run. It will also help him when he lines up in press coverage, as he’ll be able to disrupt wide receivers. This should also help him fight for the ball at the point of attack, as he has struggled going up against bigger wide receivers.
His coverage style could result in a lot of pass interference calls at the next level. He puts his hands all over receivers and at the next level it will be called more often. Dantzler also has trouble turning his head and finding the ball. NFL receivers will know how to draw pass interference penalties better as well, which could make it a bigger issue.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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