Derek Stingley Jr.
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Stingley with LSU in 2019
No. 24 – Houston Texans
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (2001-06-20) June 20, 2001 (age 21)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:The Dunham School (Baton Rouge)
College:LSU (2019–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Total tackles:43
Sacks:1.0
Pass deflections:5
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Derek Stingley Jr. (born June 20, 2001) is an American football cornerback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU and was selected third overall by the Texans in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early years

Stingley Jr. attended The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his high school career he had 27 career interceptions.[1] As a senior, he was named the Louisiana Gatorade Football Player of the Year.[2] Stingley Jr. was rated as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the top overall player in his class by Rivals.com.[3][4] He committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[5][6][7]

College career

Stingley Jr. entered his freshman year at LSU in 2019 as a starter, helping the team go undefeated and win the College Football National Championship.[8] As a freshman, he led the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with six interceptions, 21 passes defended and was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press (AP).[9] He was also a consensus All-American, earning first-team honors from the AP, American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and USA Today.[10] In the following season, Stingley missed three games due to illness and injuries, but still was named to the All-SEC first-team.[11] Following an injury plagued junior season in which he was only able to start in three games, Stingley declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.[12]

College statistics

Season GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Cmb TfL Sck Int Yds Avg TD PD FR FF TD
2019 15 31 7 38 1 0.0 6 17 3.5 0 21 1 0 0
2020 7 19 8 27 2.5 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 5 1 1 0
2021 3 6 2 8 3.5 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0
Career 25 56 17 73 7 0.0 6 17 3.5 0 26 2 2 0
Source:[13]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0+14 in
(1.84 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
30+58 in
(0.78 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.38 s 1.56 s 2.51 s 4.19 s 7.00 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[14][15]

Stingley Jr. was selected in the first round with the third overall pick by the Houston Texans in the 2022 NFL Draft,[16] tying the record set by Shawn Springs and Jeff Okudah for the highest draft selection by a cornerback in NFL history.[17] He entered his rookie season as a starting cornerback opposite Steven Nelson. He had his first career interception in Week 5 against the Jaguars. He finished the season with 43 tackles, five passes defensed and one interception through nine games.

Personal life

His father, Derek Stingley Sr., played in the Arena Football League while his grandfather, Darryl Stingley, played with the New England Patriots in the National Football League.[18][19]

References

  1. ^ Whelan Jr., Tim (December 12, 2018). "Five-star CB Derek Stingley Jr. has All-American Bowl, LSU in sights". USATodayHSS.com. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Fambrough, Robin (December 6, 2018). "LSU commitment Derek Stingley Jr. wins state Gatorade award; finalists for national award". The Advocate. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "Derek Stingley Jr, 2019 Cornerback". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  4. ^ "Derek Stingley, LSU Tigers, Cornerback". 247Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Gerry (June 20, 2018). "CB Stingley staying home with LSU commitment". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  6. ^ Guilbeau, Glenn (June 20, 2018). "LSU lands a rare overall No. 1 prospect with commitment of cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr". The Advertiser. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Kubena, Brooks (January 26, 2019). "'Fast-foward': [sic] Derek Stingley Jr., LSU's newest star defensive back, has always been ahead of the curve". The Advocate. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  8. ^ Miller, Brody (October 4, 2019). "Meet Derek Stingley Jr.: A football robot who has exceeded even the highest expectations". The Athletic. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  9. ^ "LSU dominates SEC awards: Joe Burrow, Ed Orgeron, Derek Stingley Jr. given big honors". The Advocate. Associated Press. December 9, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  10. ^ West, Glen (December 21, 2019). "Four LSU Football Players Named FWAA All-Americans". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  11. ^ "Derek Stingley Jr. Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  12. ^ Junda, Zach (January 7, 2022). "Derek Stingley Jr. Declares for NFL Draft". And The Valley Shook. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  13. ^ "Derek Stingley Jr". lsusports.net. July 8, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Derek Stingley Jr. Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  15. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Derek Stingley Jr., LSU NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  16. ^ "The Houston Texans select Derek Stingley Jr. in the 2022 NFL Draft". www.houstontexans.com. April 28, 2022. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  17. ^ Barshop, Sarah (April 29, 2022). "Houston Texans add star CB Derek Stingley Jr. In draft to address struggling secondary". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  18. ^ Kleinpeter, Jim (August 11, 2018). "Darryl Stingley's story never kept his grandson, LSU commitment Derek Stingley Jr., away from football". The Advocate. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  19. ^ Halley, Jim (July 3, 2018). "Derek Stingley Jr. carries on family's football tradition". USA TODAY High School Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2022.