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Former LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr. posts impressive pro workout, says ‘nothing has changed’ despite injury

BATON ROUGE, La. — Former LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. said he feels like he’s shown NFL teams that “nothing has changed in the past two years.” and “I’m still me, everything will be fine” after an impressive pro day of practice on Wednesday.

Stingley, a potential top-10 pick in the NFL Draft who underwent surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury to his left foot last September, posted times of 4.37 and 4.44 seconds on the scoreboard of 40 yards and a vertical jump of 38.5 inches, according to the school. Numbers. NFL teams in attendance recorded times between the mid-4.3s and low 4.4s in its first run, according to some scouts in attendance. Stingley also drew praise for the way he moved in position drills.

Stingley did not participate in any drills at last month’s NFL scouting meeting in Indianapolis. He said he was cleared for full speed about three weeks ago and started feeling 100 per cent in the past two days.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder said he knows “I can run faster than a 4.3,” but was overall happy with his performance. He will begin visiting NFL teams over the next few weeks before the draft. He estimated he had nine visits planned.

“I feel good right now. I don’t even feel like I hurt him in the first place,” said Stingley, who explained that he initially suffered the Lisfranc injury on the first day of camp. last summer before playing for three games. and making it worse to the point that it required surgery.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay described Stingley as a “tough assessment” while projecting him to go to the Minnesota Vikings with the 12th pick in his final mock draft. Stingley had a sensational 2019 season as a rookie on LSU’s national championship team, earning second-team All-America honors with six interceptions and 21 passes defended. But then his output plummeted with zero interceptions during the COVID-19-affected 2020 season and his injury-plagued 2021 campaign.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. agreed that “there will be questions about his game up and down,” while ranking him ninth overall on his latest Big Board, but predicted that “NFL teams will see more good tape than bad and draw it according to its cap.”

Stingley said he wasn’t worried about how teams would view his final two seasons because “they know what I am.”

Asked specifically about the conversations he had with Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley before and after his practice on Wednesday, Stingley said, “The whole reason he just told me to be came here he wanted to see if I still had the determination and like just the power to go out there and play and when he saw it he said that was what he was waiting to see And that’s what a lot of people were trying to see.

Stingley said he’s not focused on where he’ll go in the draft. But he wasn’t shy about sharing his lofty goal for his NFL career.

“I just want to be the greatest of all time – like never before,” Stingley said.


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