A defensive backfield with Slay and Derek Stingley Jr.? I’ll go ahead and speak for all Eagles fans when I say sign me right up. If the Eagles are planning to yet again neglect the LB position, the only thing that might make us feel better are strong bookends on the defense from the pass rush to the secondary.
Given the track record of the Eagles’ willingness to take risks in the draft on injured players (Sidney Jones, anyone?), it’s certainly not unlikely that the Eagles could scoop up Stingley Jr. if he drops to them. Apologies for bringing up Sidney Jones, but there are some parallels between the two players. They have a nearly identical size with an injury history and what’s regarded to be an NFL-ready skillset. The Eagles can only hope that Stingley’s NFL career goes a bit better than Jones’ if he is indeed drafted here.
Profile of Derek Stingley Jr.
- 190 lbs.
- 4.37 40 yd. dash
- 74” Wingspan
- Projected: Top 15 overall
- Missed a lot of 2020 and 2021 due to injury
- Check out his tape vs. Georgia in 2019 (No. 24)
Stingley Jr. in his limited film showed flashes of pure brilliance, leading the team with 6 interceptions as a true freshman for the National Champion 2019 LSU Tigers. A physical, long corner with ball skills who can press is the perfect complement to Darius Slay in Jonathan Gannon’s scheme and is undoubtedly an upgrade over 2nd-year players Zech McPhearson and Tay Gowan. Simply put, a CB group of Slay, Maddox, and Stingley Jr. would be nasty. He’ll just need to find some consistency. The raw ability is obviously there.
- Might be the best athlete in the draft
- Great size
- Moves very smoothly with his hips
- Can thrive in both man and zone coverage
- Excellent ball-skills
- Good tackler
- Reads and reacts quickly
- Missed all but 10 games from 2020-2021
- Run support could use some work
- A bit inconsistent
- Questions about enthusiasm on every snap
Derek Stingley Jr. is an insanely athletic player with some inconsistency and a college career marred by injuries that will definitely put scouts and front offices at odds. If some consistency is found, he’ll be a transcendent talent in the NFL and the perfect natural replacement for Darius Slay when his years as an Eagle come to an end. There is a slight familiarity with Philadelphia as well, being that his father was drafted by the Phillies in 1993. If he falls, no question the Eagles should take him. Here he is facing DeVonta Smith in 2019:
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