Man Coverage: 6 Zone Coverage: 5 Play Speed: 5 Instincts: 6
Press Coverage: 6 Ball Skills: 6 Tackling: 5 Special Teams Value: 6
(Explanation of grades can be found here.)
Games Watched: vs LSU (A22) vs Texas A&M (A22) @ Auburn (C) @ South Carolina (C)
Strengths: Cam Dantzler’s height, long arms, and fluid hips give him the basic ingredients of a solid press corner, and his natural ball skills help him stand out as a potential turnover creator at the next level. He has an aggressive punch off the line when pressing. Despite his thin frame, he’s got a deceptive, wiry strength and is able to routinely throw off timing routes by bullying weaker receivers at the line of scrimmage. He has the hip fluidity to turn and run in press-bail, but is at his best in phase when he’s able to read routes in front of him and get a jump on the ball. When facing stalk blocks from receivers, Dantzler uses his length to set the edge and force plays back inside, as he’s often been asked to do. He is an aggressive and very willing tackler.
Weaknesses: Has some problems with sloppy footwork and occasional lapses of balance. His biggest problem in press is pad level, as he raises up too high after his initial jam, which occasionally causes him to lose ground when transitioning out of phase. Dantzler’s speed and quickness are below average for his position, and he may be susceptible to the deep ball without safety help over the top at the next level. His narrow frame and aggressive tackling style could lead to injury issues. Gets overwhelmed by blocking tight ends and fullbacks against the run.
What we need to learn about him: Is Dantzler too slow to hold up as a press corner? Most cornerbacks need to be at least in the mid 4.5s to consistently stay on the field. Dantzler’s play speed is better than his 4.64 40-time, but he may have to be cast in a role that allows him to press and play a lot of Cover 2 to be successful.
Scheme: Dantzler followed receivers around the field for Mississippi State’s defense, playing on the boundary on both sides of the ball. He played a lot of Cover 3 with inside leverage, Cover 2 with outside leverage, and press-bail.
Injury History: 2019: Sustained an undisclosed injury against Southern Miss. Missed one game. Missed game against Texas A&M with an upper body injury. Missed game against Abilene Christian with an undisclosed injury.
Summary: Cameron Dantzler is a long, wiry press corner with natural ball skills and fluid hips whose lack of speed and short-area burst will limit his ceiling.