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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Here’s Going to Derek Stingley Jr.’s Latest Mock Draft

When the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft begins on Thursday night, there will be one player every LSU fan will watch with breathlessness: cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.

If you’ve followed this team for a while, you’re certainly familiar with Stingley’s story. After a major true freshman campaign in 2019, he has been limited by injuries over the past two seasons. A player who was once considered a potential top-five pick is now likely to drop out of the top 10.

But where exactly will he land? Common guesses include the New York Jets at No. 10 or the Minnesota Vikings at No. 12, but CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones’ latest mock has dropped them to No. 13 and the Houston Texans.

This franchise is no stranger to LSU defensive backs. Houston could very well be trading back here, but the price will be higher if it means the Texans are missing out on the Stingley.

Houston also picks No. 3, and Jones uses that pick to take him to Ikem Ekwonu from North Carolina State. Along with tackling the offensive line, this would free the Texans to add a high-ceilinged player to the secondary at Stingley.

This is a position of need and would be a good value outside the top 10. If teams feel good about Stingley’s bill of health, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t steal mid-round for anyone.

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