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Derek Stingley Jr. returns post-injury as top cornerback in LSU Pro Day

Derek Stingley Jr. returns post-injury as top cornerback in LSU Pro Day

Apr 07
SW Creative
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LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. appears to have made a shining return after suffering a Lisfranc injury that rendered him unable to play since September last year.

Stingley’s return during the LSU Pro Day reinstated his spot as one of the most intriguing first-round prospects in all things related to this year’s draft.

The former freshman All-American cornerback is undoubtedly the biggest name on the marquee after a seamless run during LSU’s 2019 championship, picking off six passes alongside 15 passes defended. This would later make his name cemented as a prominent cornerback up for grabs in the upcoming NFL draft .

Additionally, the Baton Rouge native only played 10 games in the last two seasons and to make things worse, he returned after suffering an injury in September last year, making his name at great risk of being left out in the Pro Day since many will surely wonder about his durability and motor performance post-injury.

However, on Wednesday, the 20-year-old did not disappoint scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams who were attending the event to lock on LSU’s brightest prospects.

“I can run faster than a 4.3,” said the 6-foot, 190-pounder, but overall felt good about his performance. Over the next few weeks, he will begin visiting NFL teams. He anticipates visiting nine teams.

In terms of where he will go in the draft, Stingley is not concerned. However, he didn’t hold back when it came to sharing his lofty goal for his NFL career.

“I just want to be the greatest ever — like, ever,” Stingley said.

Stingley caught the attention of many during the Pro Day with his unofficial 4.44 second, 40-yard dash, a 38.5 inche vertical leap, and a 10′ 2″ broad jump, as per Sportsnaut.

His vertical leap would rank him fourth among the CBs of the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine and his 40-yard dash time placed him 14th among the CBs of the said Combine.

In CBS Sports’ 2022 NFL Draft, Stingley is given the second CB rank behind Cincinnati’s Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. The LSU star is sixth in CBS Sports’ entire class rankings.

  • Derek Stingley Jr.

    Derek Stingley Jr. is an American football cornerback for the LSU Tigers.