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Dan Benton

Giants attend LSU pro day, work out Derek Stingley Jr.

All 32 NFL teams were present at the LSU pro day on Wednesday, including the New York Giants who sent defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson to Baton Rouge.

Henderson was among nine position coaches who were in attendance specifically to work out cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.

Stingley Jr. is widely considered one of the best cornerback prospects available, perhaps only second to Cincinnati’s Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. And not everyone sees it that way — some believe Stingley Jr. is the cream of the crop.

Here’s what’s Lance Zierlein had to say about Stingley:

Uniquely gifted cornerback with rare blend of size, speed and explosiveness that will have teams willing to judge his upside off of tape from two seasons ago. Stingley played in just 10 games over the last two years, offering flashes of his upside rather than sustained play. Regardless of season, he’s long, loose and extremely athletic. Elite speed and ball skills give him a chance to thrive as a bump-and-run corner capable of shadowing top talent around the field. He allows some separation from off-man but bursts to close distance instantly. He’s well-suited for a variety of zone coverages but needs to play with much better zeal and toughness in run support. Stingley will likely measure and test like Marshon Lattimore, Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie (depending on his weight), but he needs to find that breakthrough 2019 form in order to reach his potential as a lockdown cover talent.

As talented as Stingley is, he has as much bust potential as breakout potential. That’s one of — if not the only — knocks against him. It’s also what prevents him from being considered the bona fide top cornerback available.

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