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All 32 teams were at the LSU pro day on Wednesday where cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. was the main attraction. Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert were in attendance. Tomlin, who regularly travels to pro days, was one of two head coaches at the pro day, the other head coach was Brandon Staley of the Chargers. According to Jim Nagy of the Senior Bowl, Steelers defensive backs coach Grady Brown was one of nine defensive back coaches to workout Stingley.
Stingley, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in this year's draft, ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at his pro day. His unofficial time was 4.37 on his first run. He also did a 38 ½ inch vertical jump and his broad jump was 10’2”. This was coming off a lisfranc injury too that sidelined Stingley for all but three games in 2021.
Tomlin was up close to see Stingley run his 40-yard dash. It looked like Tomlin had his stopwatch on him.
Due to playing in only three games last season, many mock drafts had Stingley dropping in the first round, but after an impressive pro day his draft stock has definitely been raised. If Stingley is available at No. 20, the Steelers very well could be in play for the LSU product, as they need a top-tier cornerback. They have Levi Wallace, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Cam Sutton as their three top cornerbacks now, but they're not considered elite. Stingley would definitely be an upgrade to a position that they've struggled to draft under Colbert. Along with being incredibly talented, LSU defensive backs have a great track record in the NFL, so it would be hard to imagine the Steelers missing on Stingley if he ends up in Pittsburgh.