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With the 89th pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Mississippi State corner Cameron Dantzler.
Over his Mississippi State career, Dantzler appeared in 35 games, starting in 22 of them. Dantzler contributed two interceptions and 10 passes defended in 2019. In 2018, Dantzler was a 2018 All-SEC second team honoree.
Dantzler has a narrow build at just 185 pounds and it’s definitely concerning. Despite that, Dantzler provided one of the biggest challenges to J’Marr Chase, one of the nation’s best wide receivers. His anticipation of routes is impressive, he’s able to stick with people as he recognizes the routes develop.
At the line of scrimmage, Dantzler is physical and can provide receivers a nightmare from the first snap. Given his height and weight, his fluidity and hip movements makes him an intriguing player who is a versatile cover man at the next level.
Dantzler isn’t athletic and a larger frame would be ideal but it may not hinder his play in the proper system. His positives make him an intriguing player at the next level, especially if he’s placed in the right system.
What the Analysts Say
Very long, stringy cornerback with surprising strength and a competitive mindset that had quarterbacks looking for easier battles elsewhere. He looks to suffocate and contest the route from start to finish and does an excellent job of maintaining phase in the vertical plane. His cover style will draw attention from NFL game officials early on, but the athleticism and length should allow him to trust his technique. -Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
The Vikings selected Jeff Gladney early on, and he’ll take one of the starter spots. The Vikings, however, lost two cornerbacks in free agency. In the NFL, you can never have too many. Keep an eye on Dantzler as a rotational cornerback early on.