Derek Stingley Jr.: Does the reward outweigh the risk?

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Derek Stingley Jr. comes with a huge risk-reward tag; is he right for the New York Jets at No. 10?

Derek Stingley Jr. is competing with Kayvon Thibodeaux as the most controversial player atop the 2022 NFL Draft, and the New York Jets are surely taking notice.

Stingley looked like a lock for a top-three pick — if not the first player off the board — after his first campaign at LSU in 2019. The talented cornerback absolutely dominated, racking up six interceptions and 15 passes defended.

And he did all of this as a young freshman.

The full Derek Stingley Jr. movie cast can be seen at the bottom of this article.

Unfortunately for Stingley, he only played 10 games in total the next two seasons, while battling a plethora of injuries. Needless to say, after his stellar freshman campaign, his production dropped significantly and his overall effort has since been questioned on occasion.

  • Could he have gone from a top-three lock to a prospect that Jets fans would be disappointed with at the 10th overall pick?
  • Where is the appropriate placement of the child in this specific draft?
  • Has his game really gone down and, if so, what has changed?
  • Is he worth the very real risk of injury that comes with his legitimate talent?
  • What made him so special in the first place?

All of these questions and more are answered in the latest edition of Blewett’s Blitz. The full cast of Derek Stingley Jr.’s film (over an hour and twenty minutes) can be seen at the bottom of this article.

YouTube clip and podcast episode

Strengths and weaknesses

Strengths

  • Speed
  • Ideal fluidity for the size
  • Freshman monster season
  • Acceleration
  • Smooth hips
  • Sensitization
  • Instinct
  • Ability to reflect in the press
  • Flashes of brilliance in the press
  • Balanced coaster (could still clean up)
  • Explosive
  • Aggressive in run game (when he wants)
  • Can play zone or man
  • Comfortable with many hedging techniques
  • Ability to stay square in the press
  • Patient under pressure (sometimes)
  • Great Ball Skills
  • Length
  • Lateral rapidity
  • top athlete
  • Time of strike
  • Take advantage of coverage
  • Eyes down in the press
  • Pre-snap position
  • Can get shuffles in the press (when engaged)
  • Has some noise behind the pads
  • Replaces the hands in the press
  • Rarely reaches contact
  • Struggles to maintain contact so close to the rod
  • Play ball with hands
  • strong hands
  • Will knock down hands / force incompletions if beaten
  • Added fake punches in 2021 (games I watched)
  • Trigger in racing game
  • Was ready to race in 2021
  • Modifies the press technique
  • Good tackler

Weaknesses

  • Didn’t follow freshman season with productivity and consistency (6 INT)
  • Effort
  • 10 games played in the last two years (3 last season)
  • Seems to get bored on some reps
  • Can be too aggressive with the press
  • Had no press reshuffles in 2021 compared to 2019
  • Open hips early and often played in “no man’s land” in 2021 more often
  • Skip Divisions
  • Shoots too often with two hands
  • Can be risky with eyes looking towards QB
  • Can he handle double moves in the pros
  • Let WR work in the blind spot on bail
  • Can lose WR if broken on the road due to eyes
  • May be too patient on pedals/flat feet
  • Can skip/get clumsy in pedal (still works well with)
  • 2021 was not as convenient with the press, mixed and opened early
  • Can be a little nervous in the press

Derek Stingley Jr. Full Movie Cast

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