Ranking potential Eagles 1st-round cornerback prospects that make sense

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. . Derek Stingley, LSU. 1. player. 817.

Derek Stingley is the best first-round option for the Eagles in Round 1.

There’s a Jaylen Waddle/Ja’Marr Chase quality that can be associated with LSU Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley. It doesn’t even matter that he’s a cornerback and that those other guys played wide receiver.

Remember when we knew that Waddle was a first-rounder even though he was sitting out of games due to injury? Remember when it was last April and we all thought that no one would have been surprised if Ja’Marr Chase would have been the first wide receiver taken off of the board (even though we hadn’t seen him play football since LSU won the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in January of 2020)?

Waddle and Chase have become two of the NFL’s bright young stars. Stingley is on his way to a similar career path.

He’s sure to be a star in his own right. He was actually a freshman on that Tigers National Championship-winning team and a teammate of Chase’s in 2019. His most recent season has been his most challenging.

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He’s dealt with a foot injury that’s forced him to miss games. He didn’t play a ton of football in 2020 either (seven games), but even though he’s shown some inconsistency and has seen the words ‘boom-or-bust’ attached to his name, like Chase and Waddle were before him, he’ll be atop everyone’s draft boards when Roger Goodell announces the beginning of next year’s NFL Draft. He’d immediately upgrade the Eagles secondary just by showing up