Reasons for Philadelphia Eagles to select, avoid Derek Stingley in NFL Draft

Derek Stingley, Jr. #24, (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles don’t need to add a ‘boom or bust’ prospect, do they?

Well, you had to know that this was coming. There are two sides to every story, and here’s the other side of what’s a very shiny coin that’s been minted in the great state of Louisiana. As is the case with most young players who are entering the NFL, Derek Stingley has his flaws. It’s just as easy to offer criticism as it is to shower him with adoration.

We mentioned earlier that Lance Zierlein’s NFL comp is Stephon Gilmore. Unfortunately however, even though Zierlein also gave Stingley a grade of 6.50, he also puts Derek in the ‘boom-or-bust category. He isn’t the only person that’s done so either.

Other knocks on Stingley stem from what some view as inconsistency and some slight trepidation about him being able to put everything together at the next level. There was also some criticism about an underwhelming interview at the most recent NFL Scouting Combine.

Stingley is talented. As mentioned earlier, Daniel Jeremiah only ranks 14 players higher in the 2022 draft class, but here’s what the Eagles have to keep in mind.

There are needs all over the roster. We’ve seen this team connected to everyone from Nakobe Dean and Jermaine Johnson to Chris Olave and Devin Lloyd. There are some can’t-miss prospects in the coming selection meeting. The Philadelphia Eagles, as you know, have three first-round selections, and they need to nail all of them. There are questions about whether or not they’ll find a way to screw this up.

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Sure, it’s obvious that the Birds need a corner, but are they flirting with disaster by taking a ‘boom-or-bust’ prospect? Whether or not they see Stingley as such could determine whether or not they gamble on him.

First things first though. He would need to be available at 15, 16, or 19 for any of this to matter. Whether he is or he isn’t will be determined at the end of April. We can’t wait. It could be a big night that gives us plenty to talk about.