The Dallas Cowboys defense has struggled this season. Many people look to the group of defensive backs as one key reason.
That sparked predictions on the team using their high draft pick on a defensive back. Drafting cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round of the 2020 draft did not quench their thirst.
With that in mind, the Cowboys are in a prime position to select a top-notch defensive back in Caleb Farley. The Virginia Tech product turned heads last season.
He was one of the many players to opt-out of the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That means all we have to judge him is his play from last season. It also means he has one wasted season rather than being on the field and improving. That may concern some.
Standing at 6’2 and 207 pounds, he does not lack size. While we won’t know his 40-yard dash speed until the NFL Combine in February, he looks like he looks fast on tape.
In addition to the impressive physical qualities, Farley has stats to back him up for all the statheads. In his freshman season, the cornerback played 13 games and made 36 tackles while intercepting two passes and batting down seven.
To follow that up as a sophomore, he made 20 tackles while intercepting four passes and batting down 12. That season, he played in only ten games.
Scouts and general managers were upset when Caleb Farley announced he was opting out. Having one more season of tape would go a long way in solidifying his consistency. Now, some may throw it up in the air.
Regardless, he will be either the first or second defensive back drafted in the 2021 Draft. That means there is a decent chance the 22-year-old will be available anywhere inside the top-ten draft spots.