Mississippi State cornerback Cameron Dantzler announced Friday, via Twitter, he will enter the 2020 draft pool.
“God has a plan for me,” Dantzler, who now has potential to be a Day-2 pick, wrote. “I want to thank everyone for the success I have had a Mississippi state. I want to thank my teammates, the coaches, and the best fans in the world for this wonderful journey. I will never forget the fun times we had.
The preseason second-team All-SEC cornerback leaves Mississippi State after three seasons: one in a reserve role that spread him across the defensive backfield and two as a starting outside CB. Dantzler’s experience playing at safety helps him address the football in coverage, per our senior analyst Jordan Reid, who wrote Dantzler's scouting report earlier this year:
Exposure to other areas shows up often when making plays on the ball. Spent time in his past as an athlete and ball handling is an area that’s not foreign to him. Ultra competitive at the catch point. Great understanding and wits of knowing when to make plays on the ball. Mixes up his approach in getting his head around or playing the hands/arms of matchups depending on his body positioning. Has a bevy of examples of both and is outstanding at timing when to disrupt lanes.
Dantzler ended the regular season with two interceptions and eight passes defended, putting him in the SEC’s top 10 for passes defended for two consecutive years.
The NFL will be interested in Dantzler's ability as a playmaking corner on the outside with his length and ball skills. However, Dantzler is undersized despite his length. At around 190 pounds, teams are hoping to see Dantzler add mass to survive as a press corner at the line of scrimmage, where his length and physical style of play can be maximized. His lanky frame can lead to slow breaks in man coverage, and a high pad level as well.
In a thick and talented cornerback class, Dantzler is pushing for relevancy on Day 2. He is currently 84th overall on the TDN consensus rankings and is projected as the 11th CB selected, assuming everyone declares. Once the herd thins, Dantzler has the potential to be a top-10 corner with starting ability in his sophomore season if he continues to add weight and develop as a boundary cover man.