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  1. #1
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    Draft 2020: Vikings select Mississippi State CB Cameron Dantzler No. 89 overall

    Cameron Dantzler
    DB, MINNESOTA VIKINGS

    Vikings selected Mississippi State CB Cameron Dantzler with the No. 89 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    Primarily used as a dual-threat quarterback in high school, Dantzler (6'2/188) essentially learned to play corner as a two-year starter at Mississippi State, permitting fewer than 77 yards receiving in every game in his final year. While his toothpick frame suggests a pushover, Dantzler lived in opposing receivers' shoulder pads (specifically in man coverage) at the collegiate level. Unfortunately, his three pass interference penalties in 2019 can likely be attributed to his lethargic 4.64 40-time. Dantzler's physicality on special teams will be his best friend until coordinators discover how to use his length and above-average press abilities in coverage.

    Apr 24, 2020, 11:08 PM ET
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    Great pick!!

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    Dane Brugler's write up:

    #11 CB, #83 overall
    STRENGTHS: Tall, lengthy frame…quiet, quick feet to stay in phase with different types of route runners…twitchy muscles in his lower body to spring in any direction…patient in his process with a quick trigger once he sinks…pattern matches from zone…instinctive nose for the ball, anticipating receiver breaks…uses his long arms to shrink the passing lane…physical in press and challenges receivers up and down the field…plays angry in coverage, competing with a swagger to him…better than expected tackler, mirroring ball carriers at the line of scrimmage and throwing his body around…played on multiple special teams coverages.

    WEAKNESSES: Cut up definition, but string-bean body type and probably won’t carry more than 190 pounds…below average play strength is evident…caught upright in his transition and needs to better trust his technique vs. NFL wideouts…inconsistent finding the ball in flight and timing his attack…physical demeanor, but too hands-on downfield, lacking subtly in coverage (three pass interference penalties in 2019)…too easily blocked and moved from his spot by receivers…spotty tackling technique, leaving his feet and missing his target…missed three games in 2019 due to an upper body injury.

    SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Mississippi State, Dantzler was the field cornerback in former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop’s 4-2-5 scheme. Primarily a quarterback in high school, he only played cornerback “a few times” in high school and credits former Bulldogs cornerbacks coach and 14-year NFL veteran Terrell Buckley for developing his coverage skills. Dantzler is quick-footed with slick hips to turn and run on command without losing balance, staying attached to receivers. He doesn’t shy from run support, but his thin frame and lack of body armor are concerns vs. NFL competition. Overall, Dantzler needs to better find the football and limit his contact downfield, but his reactive athleticism, length and competitive mentality are the baseline traits for starting press-man work in the NFL.
    GRADE: 3rd Round
    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

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    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

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