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As they embark on a brand new period after the Russell Wilson commerce, the Seattle Seahawks may make LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. one of many faces of their protection.
ESPN’s Todd McShay reported Seattle is “taking a tough look” at Georgia defensive deal with Jordan Davis but additionally “actually likes” Stingley.
Within the wake of the Wilson commerce, ESPN’s Invoice Barnwell thought the transfer represented “an ideological shift for them again to what [head coach Pete] Carroll believes is the proper system for profitable soccer video games.”
A suffocating protection was a key ingredient in Seattle’s back-to-back Tremendous Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014. The staff is not acting at that stage, rating twenty first in defensive effectivity, per Soccer Outsiders, and twenty eighth in yards allowed (379.1 per sport) in 2021.
Dealing a quarterback with two seasons left on a four-year, $140 million deal frees up some huge cash to reinvest within the protection. The transfer additionally granted the Seahawks extra draft capital so as to add difference-makers. They did not have a 2022 first-round choose previous to the commerce; now, they’re on the board at No. 9.
Stingley carries a stage of threat. The 20-year-old was a consensus All-American as a freshman, intercepting six passes and ending with 15 passes defended. Then he appeared in simply 10 video games between 2020 and 2021.
Nonetheless, his freshman season was virtually sufficient by itself to point out why Stingley can thrive on the subsequent stage. He is seventh general on Bleacher Report’s massive board, and B/R NFL scout Cory Giddings in contrast him to three-time Professional Bowler DeAngelo Corridor:
“Stingley performs with good physicality within the run sport, with the willingness to deal with. He reacts rapidly to the reads, doing an excellent job in block destruction. He often struggles with larger blockers and the tackling of larger operating backs, although.
“Stingley has the perfect size groups are on the lookout for in cornerbacks. Paired along with his elite athleticism, ball abilities and scheme flexibility, he needs to be an early choose for the cornerback positions. A foot damage saved him out of all however three video games this season, so he should show to medical doctors that he’s again to one hundred pc.”
Assembling a secondary that features Stingley, Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs would hark again extra to the Legion of Increase period.