Key Stat Proves Cameron Dantzler Was a Third-Round Steal for Vikings

Cameron Dantzler could be one of the biggest steals of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Cameron Dantzler could be one of the biggest steals of the 2020 NFL Draft. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings will have a new-look secondary in 2020, to say the least. Mainstays like Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes are out, though highly-touted prospects in Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler will take their place.

While Gladney came with a first-round price tag, one key stat suggests that Dantzler, a third-round pick, could make the bigger impact for the team in year one.

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According to Pro Football Focus, Dantzler only allowed more than 60 yards in coverage during a game once in his entire collegiate career. Considering he was a three-year starter at Mississippi State who played 31 combined games, that's a flat-out ridiculous stat.

It should also help alleviate concerns surrounding the 4.64 40-yard dash he posted at the 2020 NFL Combine.

Notably, Dantzler seemed to play his best against the top competition the NCAA had to offer, which is another great sign for his NFL future.

Joe Burrow had the best statistical season in NCAA history last year, and he was his usual-dominant self against Mississippi State in Week 8, throwing for 327 yards and 4 TDs with a 205.2 passer rating. But only 13 of those yards came with Dantzler in coverage, and Burrow was held to a 57.3 passer rating when targeting the Mississippi State standout.

With numbers like these, it's hard to figure out why Dantzler fell all the way to Round 3, though Vikings fans should be ecstatic that he did.

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