NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Titans waited patiently in the first round and selected defensive back Caleb Farley, out of Virginia Tech, at No. 22 overall.
While there is no denying the fact that Farley is a ‘Top Ten’ talent, but there are are some major concerns.
Farley has dealt a back injury for more than two years, leading to two surgeries since he played his last game in 2019. His most recent surgery came March 23, but he should be ready for training camp this upcoming season. Titans general manager told the media on Thursday night that he felt comfortable with how Farley checked out on the medical front.
“I’m no doctor, but our medical staff they’ve dealt with a lot of injuries in the National Football League, and they feel confident in it. We spoke to him several times and said he was feeling great after having the latest procedure, and I have the utmost confidence he’s going to attack the process to get himself ready as soon as possible,” said Robinson.
The 6-foot-2 corner has tremendous upside. He is the ideal style of corner to match-up against bigger receivers and run with them downfield, but he does lack overall experience, having only played two seasons at corner in college after arriving as an all-state quarterback.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had several ‘football’ conversations with Farley leading up to the draft and had a lot to say about him as a competitor.
“I think the thing that stood out to me was the athleticism. I think you see a former receiver who has learned how to play corner and will continue to, hopefully like a lot of us, continue to improve. But there is a certain level of athleticism, smoothness, a lot of fluidity. So, that was really what stood out there was just the athleticism,” said Vrabel.
Farley was not in Cleveland for the draft, having tested positive for COVID-19 before a negative test he posted on social media Thursday. He is expected to arrive in Nashville on Friday.