Report: LSU cornerback Derek Stingley ready to go for pro day
An injury to Lisfranc may have cut short his junior season at LSU, but star cornerback Derek Stingley is ready to make his long-awaited return to the field for pro day. The Tigers cornerback is “fully recovered” from his injury according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Stingley, the only LSU player in the mix for the first round of this month’s draft, has seen his stock take a bit of a hit in recent weeks. Not being able to practice at the NFL Combine, many have come out of this week with Stingley going from a consensus top 10 to really anywhere in that 10-25 range in the first round.
There’s no doubt that Stingley is one of the most talented prospects in the class when he’s fully healthy and a strong showing on the April 6 pro day could push his draft placement back to a more definite spot. Teams are wary of his recent injury history and somewhat inconsistent play over the past two seasons, causing some of the slippage in his recent draft showings. As an example, ESPN’s Mike Tannenbaum dropped Stingley all the way to No. 24 for the Dallas Cowboys while Mel Kiper had Stingley at No. 11 in his last mock draft.
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Stingley has elite athletic ability and a player who has the potential to be a superstar cornerback in the NFL with his equally impressive technique and ball skills that were on display in his first season. In 2019, Stingley was a consensus All-American after a six-steal season that also included 15 passes defended, locking in some of the most talented players in the nation.
NFL teams will show up ready for Stingley to show more of those skills and return to the type of player he has shown in the past.