Derek Stingley Scouting Report

"Looked like a Heisman candidate as a freshman but has been ordinary ever since. He remains a special athlete with ideal size and elite ball skills."

 

Strengths:

Prototype size and athletic traits guy that goes at the ball like a WR. Quick hands and adept at attacking the catch point and the ball.


Coordinated mover with quick twitch to recover with make up speed. Willing tackler. Returner experience.

 

Weaknesses:

Isn't physical at the los. Hesitant in off man. Makes communication and assignment mistakes. Soft tackler that let's guys out the gate. Suffered multiple nagging injuries the last 2 seasons.

 

Overall:

Stingley looked like a future Heisman candidate his freshman season but hasn't quite looked like a star since. He is a special athlete with prototype corner length and elite ball skills. He's shown a unique ability to disrupt at the catch point or snatch an interception.


The rub is that he can be enigmatic. His click & close and change of direction are sometimes suspect. And despite his length, size and ball skills, he can get bullied in contested situations.


His three appearances in 2021 were not his best film before suffering a foot injury that sidelined him for the season. That follows up similar nagging injuries that took him out of several games in 2020.


That said, an argument can be made that Stingley has simply made business decisions concerning his health since his monster freshman year and has just been biding his time for the pros.


NFL Comp: clean Marcus Peters