The Jaguars will host LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. for a pre-draft visit, per Ian Rapoport.
Stingley, 20, was widely considered the top prospect in this class just a year ago, but a lisfranc injury forced the talented cover man to miss most of the 2021 season, causing some to question his legitimacy as a potential top draft pick.
A Baton Rouge native, Stingley was a consensus five-star recruit and the third overall prospect in the class of 2019. As a true freshman, Stingley took the football world by storm, picking off six passes in the toughest division in America. He was named first-team All-SEC, first-team All-American, and helped lead the Tigers to a national title. Over the next two seasons, injuries held Stingley back from performing to the same level we saw from him in his freshman year. He played in just ten games over his final two seasons in the Bayou, allowing 15 receptions on 33 targets.
Still recovering from surgery in September, Stingley did not participate in on-field work at the NFL Combine. But he did take to the field at the LSU Pro Day, posting 40 times of 4.37 and 4.44 with a 38.5” vert. He stands six feet tall and weighs in at 190 pounds.
Another LSU Tiger, Tyrion Davis-Price, met with the team this week. The Jaguars have also hosted Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Georgia defensive end Travon Walker, Georgia linebacker Quay Walker, Alabama left tackle Evan Neal, NC State left tackle Ikem Ekwonu, Colorado State tight end Trey McBride, Florida defensive lineman Zachary Carter, Penn State OL Rasheed Walker, Michigan running back Hassan Haskins, and Louisiana safety Percy Butler.
The 2022 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 28th, a 8 pm in Las Vegas.
My take: Stingley’s injury issues have been unfortunate but out of his control. His impressive pro day is more than enough confirmation for me personally that we’re still looking at an elite athlete. He’s the most skilled and naturally talented cornerback in the class and offers plenty of technical refinement. The Jaguars have a deep cornerback room, but there isn’t a corner on the roster with more talent than Stingley. Still, it appears as though the Jaguars will go in a different direction after spending a second on Tyson Campbell and forking out plenty of cash for Shaq Griffin and Darious Williams over the last two offseasons. Stingley could very well end up being the best pro in this class, but it won’t be in Jacksonville. The phone isn’t ringing for the number one pick, and they’re likely to select one of the top defensive ends or, perhaps, an offensive tackle. Still, gathering all the possible intel you can on the top prospects is a wise and necessary step along the way. If an unforeseen drop or trade-down offer comes in, the Jaguars should be prepared and ready.
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