The 2021 NFL Draft Bible Publication

The 2021 NFL Draft Bible Publication

NFL Draft Profile: Derek Stingley Jr., Cornerback, LSU Tigers

NFL draft profile scouting report for LSU cornerback, Derek Stingley Jr.
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#24
Pos: CB
Ht: 6006
Wt: 195
DOB: 6/20/01
Eligible: 2022
Baton Rouge, LA
Dunham School

Derek Stingley Jr.
LSU Tigers


Pros:

Bogan: Top tier athletic cornerback with good length. Stingley Jr. burst onto the scene in 2019 as a true freshman and quickly became the best cornerback in all of college football. Instinctive reactionary quickness at the line of scrimmage to slide feet and mirror releases while utilizing a kick step to cut off vertical releases. Easy mover with excellent hip flexibility to transition and flip without losing speed to stay in phase. Very good foot speed to carry vertical routes and run with receivers of all shapes and sizes. Shows a rare ability of understanding angles to get back in phase when he is initially beat, knowing when to run to the cut-off or using subtle grabs to slingshot himself back into position without drawing a flag. Patient in off-coverage reading the stems of receivers and showing excellent short-area burst once he decides to drive downhill on routes. Exhibits strong football IQ and spatial awareness in zone coverage despite not being tasked with it often. Consistently competes at the catch point, displaying elite ball skills with a rare ability for tracking the football in the air. A willing tackler who does not fear being involved in run support, showing a natural feel for seeing crack blocks and replacing, while being an efficient tackler. Also provides value as a punt returner for LSU in critical situations.

Leinweber: Impressive length, strong hands and the ability to locate the football made Stingley a turnover machine in man coverage as a freshman. The outside corner is an excellent athlete with long speed to carry verticals or drags and crossing routes, great hip fluidity and recovery speed. Playing with bent knees allows him to change directions rapidly and be all over underneath routes. Stingley has rare lower body flexibility to get into positions that many others just can’t. His process in press is rarely sped up, landing his punch and replacing it. Even when his punch misses, he is balanced enough to recover. Patience prevents him from biting on jabs and foot fire. Stingley’s eyes are glued to the hips of receivers in man coverage, allowing him to react rapidly. Great mental alertness helps him anticipate picks and jump screens. 

Cons:

Bogan: When attempting to play physical from press, Stingley Jr. has a tendency to be a reacher who will shoot the wrong hand and lock his hips at the line of scrimmage. Can fall into bad habits of being too grabby downfield when he is already in good position. Dealt with some injuries in 2020 along with COVID that hindered his availability which will be worth monitoring.

Leinweber: The urgency Stingley played with took a dip in 2020 as he dealt with injuries. He can get beat on back shoulder passes in man coverage. His effort in run support leaves a lot to be desired in certain phases of the game, missing tackles and letting his teammates do the work. Physical wideouts are able to push off and create a step of separation. 

Summary:

Bogan: As elite of a cornerback prospect that you will ever find, Stingley Jr. will contend for being the best overall player in the class regardless of positional value. Will line up in press coverage or off-coverage and still provide elite-level coverage abilities. Elite ball skills to take the football away with rare ball tracking skills, makes him a takeaway threat every time the football is in the air. As polished as they come at this stage of development, Stingley Jr. still has sky-high potential to show next season after a 2020 season hampered by COVID and injuries. Projects as a franchise talent at the position who will only take a matter of time before he is the best cornerback in the NFL.

Leinweber: Long-limbed outside cornerback with excellent athleticism. Stingley has shown fantastic ball skills in the past. His movement skills and discipline make him a great man coverage defender. He could improve his effort in run support and getting back to 2019 form with a healthy season would help his outlook. Stingley projects as a primary cornerback who can travel with the opponent’s best wideout or take away one side of the field. His ball skills allow him to create turnovers. Staying healthy and interested are the only obstacles on his way to an early NFL impact. 

Background

The highest-rated cornerback recruit in the history of 247 Sports, Stingley Jr. has been heralded as a generational talent for some time. Arrived at LSU during bowl practices of December 2018 after graduating high school early. LSU Defensive Coordinator at the time, David Aranda, quickly stated that Stingely looked like the best cornerback they had on the roster during those practices despite being on a roster with future high draft picks Greedy Williams and Kristian Fulton. Stingley carried that momentum into his first year of eligibility where he quickly became the best cornerback in all of college football as a true freshman and garnered Consensus All-American honors. The son of former Purdue cornerback Derek Stingley Sr. and grandson of former Patriots 1973 first-round pick Darryl Stingley, Stingley Jr. has athletic bloodlines that run deep. Battling COVID and injuries in 2020, Derek Stingley Jr. looks to put together a historic junior campaign in what will likely be his last season of college football. 


One-Liners

Bogan: “As elite of a cornerback prospect that you will ever find, Stingley Jr. will contend for being the best overall player in the class regardless of positional value”

Leinweber: Excellent athlete with great man coverage ability who has shown special ball skills in the past. Needs to stay healthy. 

Grades

Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

Bogan: 8.9/ 9.7

Leinweber: 8.1/9.6

Latest News

LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr. Reached Out To Tyrann Mathieu On Leadership

After being awarded the illustrious jersey number seven, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. reached out to another previous number seven in Tyrann Mathieu to learn more about how he embraced the leadership responsibility. “I've talked to a couple of the previous seven’s but with Tyrann Mathieu, I asked him how to be the perfect leader and there is no perfect way,” Stingley Jr. stated at media day. “It's just however you feel it needs to be. Like me, I'm a quiet guy, so he told me, he was like, You don't always have to go out there and scream and yell and be this rah-rah guy.” While Stingley Jr. has been more of a lead by example type personality in years past, the hones has fallen on him to carry on the number seven tradition, which is awarded to the Tigers player that most embodies what an ‘LSU player’ represents both on and off the field. Whether he likes it or not, underclassmen are going to lean on the projected first round pick for advice and mentorship. Past winners include Patrick Peterson, Leonard Fournette and DJ Chark. “When you speak, people are going to listen,” Stingley Jr. explained. “I took that, and I started noticing, whenever I had something to say, people would listen. And I didn't think I had that kind of power at all, like I thought I was just a normal guy, just like everything else, you know.” - (07/26/21)


#24
Pos: CB
Ht: 6006
Wt: 195
DOB: 6/20/01
Eligible: 2022
Baton Rouge, LA
Dunham School

Derek Stingley Jr.
LSU Tigers


Pros:

Bogan: Top tier athletic cornerback with good length. Stingley Jr. burst onto the scene in 2019 as a true freshman and quickly became the best cornerback in all of college football. Instinctive reactionary quickness at the line of scrimmage to slide feet and mirror releases while utilizing a kick step to cut off vertical releases. Easy mover with excellent hip flexibility to transition and flip without losing speed to stay in phase. Very good foot speed to carry vertical routes and run with receivers of all shapes and sizes. Shows a rare ability of understanding angles to get back in phase when he is initially beat, knowing when to run to the cut-off or using subtle grabs to slingshot himself back into position without drawing a flag. Patient in off-coverage reading the stems of receivers and showing excellent short-area burst once he decides to drive downhill on routes. Exhibits strong football IQ and spatial awareness in zone coverage despite not being tasked with it often. Consistently competes at the catch point, displaying elite ball skills with a rare ability for tracking the football in the air. A willing tackler who does not fear being involved in run support, showing a natural feel for seeing crack blocks and replacing, while being an efficient tackler. Also provides value as a punt returner for LSU in critical situations.

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