1. Derek Stingley Jr.
Derek Stingley Jr. is the most pulverizing name in this year’s NFL Draft. Having played limited snaps in the past two seasons, scouts are beginning to question if he still has juice in the tank. Having played a mere ten games since 2019, Stingley is holding on to his fantastic Freshman year at LSU to cement his top-10 draft stock.
As a true freshman, Derek Stingley Jr. was a consensus all-American and was widely considered the best cornerback in the nation. Playing in the SEC, cornerbacks get a taste of NFL talent at the wide receiver position at a very young age. Stingley competed with that talent at 18 years old.
Much like Sauce Gardner, if Stingley somehow falls to pick 13, I like the Bengals to make the same move up to draft him. I’m willing to put the question marks aside and take a risk on a player who could be a true game-changer in this league. His tackling, coverage, and plays on the ball are all at a pro level; he just needs to develop and learn consistency.
The most compelling argument for trading up and drafting Stingley, which I have failed to mention, is that he went to LSU. Call me crazy, but it seems like the Bengals have a couple of guys from LSU that have turned out to be pretty decent NFL players.
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