2. Derek Stingley Jr.
Derek Stingley Jr. is the cornerback prospect that could fall to the Baltimore Ravens at 14 in the Charles Cross scenario. While it seems likely that the Ravens will take a cornerback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, anything can happen and Stingley could end up falling all the way down to the Bolts at 17.
How does this happen? Well, first of all, Stingley's draft value has only gone down in the draft process. He entered the process as the no. 1 corner in the draft and now that honor goes to Ahmad Gardner. Stingley was expected to be a top-10 pick but as time has gone, the chances of him falling outside of the top 10 have gotten larger and larger.
Why? Stingley had an insane 2019 season for the LSU Tigers but has not played as well in the last two seasons for the Tigers. Add that to some injury concerns and Stingley is not as highly-touted of a prospect as he was three months ago.
It would not be the first time that a suspected top-10 defensive back fell to the Chargers at 17 and Brandon Staley is already potentially planting the seeds for Stingley to be picked if he does indeed fall to LA. We know Staley loves cornerbacks and even with the addition of J.C. Jackson, Stingley would be the pick if he was there.
One thing is for certain: Stingley's ceiling is the highest in the entire draft and with another blue-chipper in Jackson and a solid defensive coach, the Chargers would be a great place for Stingley to realize that potential.