RD 2: Cameron Dantzler – Mississippi State
If the NY Giants deem cornerback a high priority, but not high enough to spend the fourth-overall pick in the draft on, then perhaps they look to the second round to add a cornerback. If that is the direction they choose to go, then Mississippi State’s Cameron Dantzler would be a solid option for New York.
At 6’2″ and 185-pounds, Dantzler has the ideal size for the cornerback position in the NFL. He represents a very instinctive player that thrives in zone coverage, something that Baker, Beal, and Ballentine all struggled with last season.
Dantzler is a playmaker at the cornerback position who anticipates the ball well and utilizes his long frame to prevent wide receivers from making the catch. However, he is a bit thin and could benefit from adding mass and strength to his lanky frame.
If he is able to bulk up, Dantzler may improve his tackling ability in the process. He shows solid technique when making tackles, but can be shed by more physical ball carriers when he tries to make tackles on them, due to his slender build.
While Dantzler would make a solid addition to the cornerback corps, using the 36th overall pick to select him may not be something the Giants are willing to do, given how many other critical holes they currently have on their roster, and the higher rated players that are likely to still be available when the Giants are on the clock in the second round.