The Houston Texans could be left with Derek Stingley Jr. as the top man on their draft board at the third-overall pick.
In a defense-heavy draft, the Houston Texans could sure use some help. The top two prospects (Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux) are most likely going within the first two picks. That leaves the Texans with a handful of options, and one of the best, if not the best secondary player in the draft is Derek Stingley Jr. out of Louisiana State University.
Stingley Jr. comes to the draft NFL-ready as his grandfather, Daryl, was a first-round wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots back in the 1970s. Junior’s dad (also named Derek) played baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies for a few seasons as well.
Unfortunately, Daryl was paralyzed in a pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders in 1978, as Raiders Safety Jack Tatum (whose nickname was “The Assassin“) in a head-to-head hit that left him paralyzed at the age of 26. Daryl sadly passed away in 2007 when his son was only six years old.
So Stingley Jr. has gone through a lot in his life and is now one of the top NFL Draft prospects. What is the scouting report on him? With a plethora of awards, Stingley comes in highly regarded. However, in this past 2021 season, he struggled with injuries that forced him to miss a significant amount of time
So what are the positives and negatives that Stingley Jr. would bring if drafted by the Houston Texans? An in-depth look is in store: