LA Chargers: Three potential draft fits that the team should avoid
By Jason Reed
2. Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
This is a mixed case of where Dantzler is likely going to be drafted versus what the team needs at that stage of the draft, similar to Jonathan Taylor. However, it definitely is easier to make the case to draft Dantzler in the second round than it is Taylor.
Dantzler is likely going to be an early-to-mid second-round pick and the Chargers would have to use the 37th overall selection on him. Ironically, Pro Football Focus ranks Dantzler as the 37th-best draft prospect in their big board, seemingly setting him up to be available for the Chargers.
There is a lot to get excited about with Dantzler. He has a long frame and excelled in pressed man coverage at Mississippi State and despite his lean physique, was able to match up well against most receivers at the collegiate level.
There are two worrisome things about Dantzler, though, both have to do with the jump to the NFL. Dantzler is absolutely going to struggle off the gates against big-bodied wideouts, which will be a matchup issue as he would be asked to play on the outside.
The second is his speed. While he showcased good game speed with Mississippi State, he ran over a 4.6 40-yard dash, which could be concerning, especially for an early second-round pick.
Because of his limitations off the bat, Dantzler would likely be a rotational corner that gets most of his playing time in nickel formations, at least right away.
While he has the potential to develop into a great CB2 option, the Chargers would be better off addressing another need in the second round.