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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mississippi State CB Cameron Dantzler

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting report on 2020 NFL Draft prospect CB Cameron Dantzler of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State Bulldogs

Career Snapshot
Two-year starter who made 40 tackles (two for loss) with two interceptions and eight pass breakups as a junior in 2019. Made 43 tackles (two for loss) with two INTs and nine PBUs as a sophomore. Missed three games in 2019 due to various lower-body and upper-body injuries.

Positives
Nice-sized cornerback who plays physical football. Quick to flip his hips in transition with opponents off the line, shows an explosive closing burst of speed and competes to break up throws. Plays faster than his 40 time, runs downfield with opponents and remains in contact with receivers to break up throws. Gives effort against the run, fires up the field and effectively makes tackles in space.

Negatives
Struggles to make plays with his back to the ball. Very slow to turn his head and locate the pass in the air. Must improve his backpedal and prefers to side shuffle down the field. Ran poorly at the combine.

Analysis
Scouts graded Dantzler as a potential mid first-round pick before the season, as he’s flashed those abilities the past two years. Opponents purposely stayed away from Dantzler, and NFL teams must determine if Dantzler has enough speed to be a starter at the next level or if he can only lineup in nickel packages.

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Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.

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