Luckily for the Dallas Cowboys, there are two top-end cornerbacks available in this draft. The other player in the discussion is Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II.
Similar to Farley, Surtain is a big-body cornerback that also possesses speed. However, it would be that latter that has more to back up his raw athleticism.
In all three seasons, the Crimson Tide corner eclipsed 30+ tackles in all three seasons he played. Add to that at least one pick and seven passes defended.
The high-profile defender is a top candidate to win The Bednarik Award. The top defensive player in College Football is given this award. Not a bad thing to be in the discussion.
Surtain has proven himself as a consistent cornerback that can play in coverage and an impact player against the run. Being effective in defending both the pass and the run will be an attractive aspect for the Cowboys. Especially considering how poorly Dallas’ defense played this season.
Cornerbacks Surtain and Farley are the top-two cornerbacks, and they both have similar traits. That is why analysts switch either player in/out in their draft projections.
That means the Cowboys have the opportunity to draft Farley or Surtain around the seventh overall pick. A team like the Philadelphia Eagles or the Atlanta Falcons may look to draft a cornerback.
If Dallas drafts after those two teams, the chances of drafting Surtain or Farley become slimmer. If one of the two players is available, Dallas can add another top defensive back.
Not only are both players very skilled and ready to contribute to any team, but they can also be a cheap replacement. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie needs a new contract this offseason, which is not ideal for Dallas. The team desperately needs to save money.