Cowboys 2021 draft positional rankings: Cornerback prospects

South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Jaycee Horn (7) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Jaycee Horn (7) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /
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Caleb Farley, Dallas Cowboys
Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Caleb Farley (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) /

Caleb Farley

Super Powers

Big, fast, and fluid


Injury concerns


Arch Nemesis

Caleb Farley might have been the selection at ten for the Dallas Cowboys and although he could still wear the star on the side of his helmet, it almost won’t be with the tenth overall selection. Farley on paper is probably the best cornerback in this draft but his status is still up in the air.

Farley recently underwent back surgery which clouds his draft projectability. He could be a middle-round guy as some teams could still value him while late in the first round sounds more probable. Farley could even slip into the top of day two which would bring incredible value for a franchise if they aren’t concerned with his ailing back.

The Dallas Cowboys selecting Farley is almost a no-win situation. If he is taken in the first round, the team will have to answer questions about his back. If he falls and is taken in the second round, the narrative of this front office taking chances with their second-round picks will continue.

If healthy, Farley is one of the few players in this draft that almost instantly becomes your starter at corner opposite Trevon Diggs.

His persona and his brash talk would make him a superstar in Dallas if he were indeed selected by the Cowboys. It has been a long time since a cornerback talked trash and more than backed it up in Dallas. Without looking, who was the last true shutdown cornerback in Dallas?

You might have to go all the way back to Deion Sanders to find that combination. Maybe shutdown corner is a bit too strong but lockdown cornerback seems to be a better analogy.

I have the Washington football team as a nemesis as there is a great chance in my opinion that if the team doesn’t trade up for a quarterback, Farely could be the selection at 19. If the Cowboys have any hopes of trading back into the first round for a cornerback, Washington could once again be a nemesis.