NY Jets Mock Draft: 5 first-round targets for Gang Green

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2. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

This draft has a chance to be one of the best cornerback classes in recent memory, and at the top of many boards going into the season was LSU's Derek Stingley Jr.

Stingley has been considered not only one of the best cornerbacks but one of the best overall players in college football ever since he burst onto the scene as a true freshman in 2019.

As a true freshman, Stingley led the SEC with six interceptions and 15 passes defended en route to being named a Consensus All-American. He did all of that at 18-years-old.

Since then, Stingley has been biding his time just waiting to become draft-eligible. Even in an uber-talented cornerback class, Stingley's name sat alone atop most boards. However, an October foot injury sidelined him indefinitely.

It's too early to say just what kind of impact, if any, that injury will have on his draft stock. But it's safe to say he's no longer the consensus CB1 that he was entering the year.

Still, at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Stingley has all the makings of a future superstar in the NFL with the size, athleticism, and ball skills to take him far.

No one will be surprised if he's the first cornerback taken in next year's draft and a top-five overall pick. The Jets should be very interested.