The Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback battle is going to be a really interesting one to watch develop over the course of training camp.
While Patrick Peterson is one of the presumed starters, neither cornerback spot feels set in stone. With three players viably competing for those jobs with Akayleb Evans lurking behind them, anything they can do to separate themselves will help immensely.
In his first training camp press conference as defensive coordinator, Ed Donatell shared a lot of thoughts, but the one that stood out was one on Cameron Dantzler.
Vikings D coordinator Ed Donatell said that with his length Cam Dantzler reminds him a bit of Patrick Surtain II
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Patrick Surtain II was one of the best rookie cornerbacks in recent memory and comparing Dantzler to him is massively high praise. One of the interesting elements of Donatell’s comment is the length. Surtain II is much longer than Dantzler from their combine measurables. Relative Athletic Score gives us the ability to compare the two players and the difference is staggering.
RAS Comparison between Cameron Dantzler and Patrick Surtain II Credit Kent Lee Platte ras.football
With their length being that large of a disparity, the comparison is more important because it directly compares their play-styles. If Dantzler can have the kind of success that Surtain II did last year, it spells good things for the Vikings.