The Houston Texans selected Derek Stingley Jr. with the No. 3 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Stingley, the cornerback out of LSU, will be a great addition to the Texans’ defensive backfield.

Stingley was one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2022 draft class, and for good reason. Despite only playing in three games this past season due to injury, he put his name on the radar of NFL scouts during his freshman and sophomore years.

In his sophomore year, Stingley recorded 27 total tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. However, his freshman year was even more impressive. Stingley picked up 38 tackles, one fumble recovery, and six interceptions throughout his first year at LSU.

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Stingley rose to the top of the cornerback prospects because of his potential seen throughout college, as well as his physical attributes. According to Stingley’s NFL prospect profile, he is 6 feet tall and 190 pounds with 9.6-inch hands and 30.6-inch arms. These physical qualities make it extremely easy for Stingley to win contested catches and record interceptions.

The NFL describes Stingley as the “cornerback prototype with all the measurables in one package” and “one of the best athletes in the draft class.” Furthermore, his profile describes his 2019 season as “everything a team could want in a CB.” Fortunately for the Texans, they will get to capitalize on Stingley’s potential as a cornerback in the NFL.

The only reason for concern is that is has been almost two years since Stingley Jr. played at an elite level in college. Most people believe he will either be a home run or a bust.