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Prospect Primer: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Might’ve been first cornerback drafted two years ago

LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr.
LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr. has consulted more than two dozen mock drafts from reputable national outlets and compiled a list of players most frequently mocked as draft selections in the bottom half of the first round (picks 16-32) who would fit Green Bay's potential roster needs.

Between now and draft day, when the Packers own the No. 22 and 28 overall selections in the first round, those players will be profiled with thumbnail sketches and videos known as "Prospect Primers."

Today's player is …

Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Height/Weight: 6-0, 190

Key stats: Intercepted six passes as a freshman in 2019 but then played in only 10 total games the last two years.

College honors: Named first-team All-America by several outlets in 2019 and then first-team All-Southeastern Conference by both media and coaches in 2020.

Background/other info: Stingley burst on the scene in 2019 by putting together what LSU has characterized as perhaps the most impactful freshman season in the history of the school's storied program. Starting all 15 games for the eventual national champions, Stingley led the SEC in both interceptions (six) and passes defensed (21), totals that ranked fifth and second, respectively, in the country. A consensus All-America choice, he likely would have been the first cornerback taken in the NFL Draft had he been eligible to declare. Since then, he hasn't measured up to those lofty standards on the field, though not entirely his fault. In a shortened 2020 season, he missed time with illness and injury, playing in only seven games, though he still earned first-team All-SEC honors. Then last year, he suffered a Lisfranc injury in his foot in the summer, tried to play through it for the first three games of the season, but then shut it down and had surgery. He declared for the draft anyway but wasn't medically cleared to work out at the combine. He finally got clearance in early April and reportedly clocked a 4.37 in the 40 and recorded a 38½-inch vertical jump at LSU's pro day, which once again has analysts moving him up from the back half of the first round possibly into the top 15 picks.