Latest league news for Friday May 13
the Houston Texans agreed to terms with No. 3 overall defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. on his fully guaranteed rookie contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday.
Houston later announced the signing of Stingley, along with five other draft picks (DB Jalen Pitre, RB Dameon Pierce, DL Thomas Booker, TE Teagan Quitoriano, OL Austin Deculus).
The LSU product was the first surprise of the 2022 NFL Draft after the expected selection of passers Travon Walker and Aidan Hutchinson by the Jaguars and Lions, respectively.
The momentum and logic behind Stingley’s pick stem from his stellar 2019 freshman season, in which he recorded six interceptions, and an electric pro day that produced a 40-yard dash ranging 4.40 at 4.44 and a vertical leap of 38.5 inches. Head coach Lovie Smith and the rest of the Texas brass are hoping Stingley’s athleticism and potential will eventually survive the injury issues that plagued the cornerback for the rest of his college career. Stingley has only taken the field for 10 games since 2019 — appearing in just three in his final season at LSU due to a lingering foot injury.
If the front office is right, Stingley promises to bolster a defense that finished 23rd in passing yards allowed in 2021. Round one joins offensive lineman Kenyon Green (No. 15 overall) and receiver John Metchie ( No. 44 overall) as Houston’s new high-profile faces.