What the Vikings can expect from Cameron Dantzler in 2020

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With the 89th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Cameron Dantzler, a cornerback out of Mississippi State. Can he come right in and make an impact for the Vikings, who are fresh off a playoff appearance?

The Minnesota Vikings selected cornerback Jeff Gladney in the first round on Thursday, but they felt the need to add another cornerback later in this year’s NFL draft. So they grabbed former Mississippi State cornerback Cameron Dantzler with the 89th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Dantzler was a solid contributor for the Bulldogs and he was able to hang with the talent in the SEC. He struggled during his tests at the NFL Scouting Combine and that caused a bit of a slide for him in this draft. Can the Vikings get production out of their third-round pick in 2020?

There is no doubt that Minnesota has to find help in the secondary after losing several starters from the 2019 team. With Mike Hughes and Holton Hill as the only remaining players with starting experience at cornerback, they had to at least bring in some competition.

Dantzler finished his college career with five interceptions and 20 pass breakups while playing against the toughest competition that college football has to offer. Against LSU in 2019, Dantzler caught some eyes by shutting down Ja’Marr Chase, one of the nation’s top receivers.

What should the Vikings expect from their third-round selection in his rookie season?