Derek Stingley Jr
vs Missouri (2020), vs Vanderbilt (2020), vs South Carolina (2020)
Stingley is a freak of nature when it comes to his athletic abilities. He is extremely fast and twitchy. He has a unique blend of smooth hips and quick feet. He is at his best when he is in press coverage. He does a great job of jamming the receiver off the line and sticking to the hip down the field. He is a nightmare in man coverage. His closing quickness and speed helps shut the door on any gap between him and the receiver. Even if he gets beat he recovers quickly and plays with great anticipation.
Stingley's tape took a dip from 2019 to 2020. He has only ever played in 10 games, so his durability is a concern. He is a non-factor in the run game. He takes poor pursuit angles and just seems disinterested as whole to make tackles. He too often was seen taking plays off, especially in the red zone. He lacks the aggression and motor you look for in a CB1.
If you were to build a shutdown corner in a lab...it would be Stingley. He has all the tools to be a stud at the next level. He runs a 4.3, he has smooth hips and can jump out of the gym. He is a menace in press coverage and gives offensive coordinators headaches in man coverage.However, the mental aspect of Stingley's game is what needs work. He needs to make a concentrated effort to be more aggressive, trust his talent and turn up his motor just a notch. If he can clean up his zone coverage and start to put effort towards run support...I can easily see Stingley being the best corner to come from this class. Stingley has Boom or Bust written all over him. He will thrive as a bump and run corner in the NFL. Look for a team to take him early Thursday night.
Stingley is not only the best athlete at his position, but he is one of the best athletes in the draft. He has elite foot quickness and lateral agility. He ran a blazing 4.30 forty yard dash at his pro day. He is not the biggest guy, but does a good job playing strong and keeping his balance through contact in and out of his breaks.
Big Play Ability
Stingley is an absolute stud in press coverage. He has the ability to get hands on and stay with the receiver to the whistle, due to his smooth hips. He can man up on any receiver and be a nightmare for opposing teams. His agility and hips allow for him to recover quickly when need be. His zone coverage is decent, but often times looks lost in space.
Stingley is a walking highlight reel. He has the speed and quickness to shorten gaps in seconds on receivers. He can jump through the roof and is known for swatting down any pass thrown his way...especially in 2019. He has the mentality and ability to high point the football and come down with 50/50 balls. However, does need to learn to look for the football and lay through when he his in tight coverage down the field.
This is the weakest part of Stingley's game. He seems to have a genuine disinterest in helping out in the run game. He does a decent job of engaging with blockers, but takes extremely poor pursuit angles. He often slid of ball carriers and did not wrap up.
Engage with Blockers
Stingley has the confidence, but does not play with it effectively. He seems to take plays off. He is not nearly aggressive enough in the run game or in the red zone.
Stingley's athletic traits make him a versitaile player. He has only played in 10 games, so he will need to work on his play recognition as well as his communication to be an impactful defensive leader at the next level.