We are less than two weeks away from the start of the 2022 NFL draft, and that means sooner rather than later, the former LSU players vying for places at the next level will know their fate.
The main player to watch for the Tigers will be cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. be, which is currently their only projected first-round pick. Stingley is recovering from a Lisfranc fracture, but he was released to take part in Pro Day, where he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash.
In the latest mock draft of Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling, Stingley goes into the top 15, where he has him at number 12 off the board to the Minnesota Vikings. Here’s Easterling’s idea.
Patrick Peterson is back for the 2022 season, but the Vikings still need a long-term solution against Cam Dantzler on the corner. Stingley is a top-10 talent who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency over the past two seasons, but it could be a big theft if he can stay healthy.
It’s been a general projection for Stingley all along, and that has not changed, even when Minnesota chose to bring back another former LSU star in Peterson. But he is a veteran, and Stingley will give this team much more stability at the corners.
To jump off in the meantime to the third round is where we will find the only other player on Easterling’s three-round spot. Linebacker Damone Clark has received bad news because he has undergone spinal fusion surgery that will make him unavailable during his rookie season.
That would almost certainly hurt his share, but Easterling still made it to the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round at pick no. 103.
Clark led the SEC in dives in 2021 and finished second in the country. He may be a bit of a project player on the next level, but even with the injury concerns, he will be a good addition in the second half of Day 2.