Derek Stingley Has 'the Best Feet of Any Corner I’ve Ever Seen,' Says NFL Evaluator

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVApril 18, 2022

LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. runs through drills during LSU Pro Day in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

There have been mixed opinions on LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. heading into the 2022 NFL draft, but many believe the prospect has elite traits.

One evaluator recently told Peter King of NBC Sports that Stingley has "the best feet of any corner I've ever seen."

The Bleacher Report Scouting Department lists Stingley as the top cornerback in the class and the No. 7 player overall.

Though he missed most of the 2021 season because of a foot injury, the talented athlete showcased his tools at his pro day earlier this month:

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

Derek Stingley ran a 4.37 40 at LSU’s pro day 💨<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/Sheadixon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Sheadixon</a>)<a href="https://t.co/u0ABvbt3Jq">pic.twitter.com/u0ABvbt3Jq</a>

Jeff Nowak @Jeff_Nowak

Here’s Derek Stingley Jr. in the shuttle (with an assist from Neil Farrell who forgot where he was for a second). <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LSU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LSU</a> <a href="https://t.co/w00JuflXJK">pic.twitter.com/w00JuflXJK</a>

The concern is Stingley's lack of consistency.

As one general manager told King, "He hasn't played well since 2019."

He was limited him to just three games last year, while he was up-and-down over seven contests in 2020.

Yet his upside was on display during the 2019 campaign for an LSU squad that went 15-0 with a national championship. Stingley was a consensus first-team All-American as a freshman, tallying six interceptions as one of the top shutdown cornerbacks in the country.

That performance is enough to give teams hope he can develop into an elite player in the NFL. Despite his question marks, it would be a surprise if he wasn't selected inside of the top 10 when the draft begins April 28 in Las Vegas.