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- Height: 6’1”
- Weight: 190 Lbs
- College: LSU
- Year: Junior
- Position: Cornerback
In a team stacked with talent, few players were more intriguing than on LSU’s championship winning team of 2019 than Derek Stingley Jr. Not Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase or Justin Jefferson. Sorry guys, but it was 19 year old Stingley Jr. who had scouts foaming at the mouths.
The former wide receiver excelled in his freshman year, playing every one of the Fighting Tigers’ 15 games. Finishing with an SEC leading 6 interceptions. Stingley Jr. earned himself a spot on the Consensus All-American team, all at the tender age of 19.
Before shooting out of the blocks at LSU, Stingley Jr. was immense in highschool with 27 interceptions at Dunham School, Louisiana. Stingley Jr. was a 5 star recruit and one of the highest rated high school corners in the country.
It wasn’t long before Stingley Jr. earnt himself the tag of the best cornerback in college football. Easily dealing with the high level of talent LSU face in the SEC. His elite status is never clearer than in the college football championship game against Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers. Stingley Jr. wasn’t tested once by Lawrence. It simply wasn’t worth the risk throwing near him, for last year’s number 1 pick.
Injuries have held him back the two seasons since, meaning he’ll have only featured 10 times, out of a possible 22, since his freshman year. He’s also failed to register a pick in those games and hasn’t been helped by LSU’s pretty dramatic fall from glory. They’ve gone 9-9 since winning it all early 2020.
Watch the video below which shows just how much of a ball hawk Derek Stingley is!
- Ball Skills
- Play Recognition
- Good Size
It’s no exaggeration to say Stingley Jr. is one of the best cornerbacks prospects to come out of college football for some time. When at his best, he’s the very best. He has the speed, length and agility to deal with elite receivers and the ball skills to get his hands on even the most accurate of passes.
Has played most of his snaps off coverage but has the traits required to play man if needed. Happy to help in the run with solid tackling technique.
Stingley has proven he can play against the best in college football and on the biggest stage. He shows all the skills required to make an easy transition into the NFL. If he can stay healthy, he should slot in as a number one, lockdown corner for any NFL team.
- Lack of recent production
- Competition catching up
By the time the draft the draft rolls round in April, it’ll have been 27 months since LSU’s historic college football championship triumph. In those 27 months Stingley will have only played 10 games. A lack of game time may not be the worry it once was – plenty of top prospects in this year’s draft missed their final year due to the Pandemic and are doing fine. But it’s a shame he probably never reached his full collegiate potential.
All reports suggest he’ll be fully recovered well before the draft but a foot injury is always somewhat of a red flag. A corner relies on the ability to change pace and direction in a split second – putting a lot of pressure on his feet.
Stingley Jr. last game of his collegiate career was the 18th of September 2021. His draft class competition have all continued to play since then – and some will be doing right the way through the college playoffs. A few big games from his closest competition in the next few months could put a bit of pressure on Stingley Jr. as the top corner. Unlikely, it’s worth keeping an eye out for.
Stingley Jr. is easily the most talented corner in this year’s class, when healthy. If his medicals are good in the spring and he lives up to expectations of testing extremely well in any combine drills, it’s an almost sure thing he’s the first corner off the board.
Had he been healthy and continued on his previous trajectory there’s every chance he’s potentially one of the best ever corners to come get into the draft. Maybe the first corner to go number 1? We’ll never know…
We were big fans of this years top two corners Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II, who were picked 9th and 10th (by the Panthers and Broncos respectively). When on form Stingley Jr. is better than both Horn and Surtain, I’d be surprised if he falls out of the top 5.
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