Cameron Dantzler 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Cameron Dantzler is a cornerback from Mississippi State who was one of the best in the SEC at his position during his college years. Dantzler is a strong, competitive player who has the natural talents to become a solid depth corner for the team that selects him in the 2020 NFL Draft.
College Career: Dantzler spent his high school seasons playing quarterback and cornerback in Hammond, Louisiana. He passed for 1,381 yards and 11 touchdowns with 1,901 rush yards and 26 touchdowns in his senior season before committing to Mississippi State.
As a true freshman, Dantzler played in all 13 of the Bulldogs’ games, posting 25 tackles, two tackles for loss, four pass defenses and an interception (which occurred in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl and came courtesy of QB Lamar Jackson). Dantzler made All-SEC Second Team in 2018, then posted two interceptions in his junior season before declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Strengths: Dantzler is long and lanky at first glance but possesses a surprising amount of power. His explosion and competitive fire make for a very determined corner that can disrupt a game. Dantzler’s anticipation and jump off the snap are solid, and his jam tactics are aggressive but well thought-out.
On 50/50 throws, Dantzler has displayed some great technique, and resigns himself to knocking the ball free when he’s not in position to make an interception. His football IQ is fairly high, and he’s adept at deciphering bait routes and coming out of zone coverage in a timely fashion.
Weaknesses: Against a bigger wide receiver or a tight end, Dantzler isn’t quite as effective if he gets into a physical route. He needs to clean up some of his moves on receivers or he’s going to get flagged for pass interference fairly regularly.
Dantzler often finds himself out of position when turning inside to find the ball, and his tackling technique needs some work or else he’s going to get injured. Most of Dantzler’s issues can be cleaned up with some coaching and practice field time, and he could develop into a really solid short-route nickel corner if all goes well.
Possible Fits: We’ll probably start hearing Dantzler’s name in round two or three of the 2020 NFL Draft. That’s where a lot of teams are expected to find higher-upside depth guys, and there should be a run on defensive players around that time—corners, LBs, edge rushers; everyone is in play, and Dantzler should find a home somewhere in there. That said, if a team really likes him for their defensive scheme (which is quite possible), we could see a second-round reach.
The Cardinals are sitting at No. 72 overall, and they need some upgrades in their secondary after a pretty good offseason. Dantzler’s size and power would be an enticing and encouraging addition in Arizona.
A little further down, we’ve got the Falcons at No. 78. Atlanta is expected to be retooling their defense with a handful of picks in this draft. Dantzler would be a nice zone cornerback with that squad and would probably do well there.