Another week, another mock draft.
With the 2021 NFL draft just over three weeks away, we are starting to gain a better feel for which players could fit specific NFL teams.
Even though we are still operating in a society full of COVID-19 protocols, which caused the cancelation of the NFL combine in 2021, team needs are starting to take shape after the first wave of free agency.
We are also starting to hear of which players could have injury concerns. One such player is Virginia Tech star cornerback Caleb Farley. The 6-foot-2 cornerback recently underwent a minor back procedure but is set to be 100% for training camp.
However, with Farley undergoing the procedure just one month before the draft, it creates pause in some NFL organizations.
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports recently released the latest version of his mock draft, and he has Farley falling out of round one. In fact, Wilson has Farley going No. 34 overall to the New York Jets.
Personally, I don’t think Farley falls out of the first round. If he does, I think some teams are going to regret that mistake. Farley may not be as big of a prospect as Jalen Ramsey was a few years back, but he offers a tantalizing combination of size, speed and potential.
Farley has just two seasons of playing experience at cornerback and dramatically improved every time he was on the field. Imagine if Farley ended up with the Washington Football Team at No. 19 overall? Farley could learn at the NFL level paired opposite William Jackson III on the outside and former Hokie Kendall Fuller in the slot. Also, with Washington’s pass rush, that would be an ideal destination for Farley.
Left tackle Christian Darrisaw, often a top target for Washington in many previous mock drafts, goes No. 14 overall to the Minnesota Vikings in this mock draft. In a deep class for offensive tackles, Darrisaw is routinely mentioned as a top-20 pick.
Much like Farley, Darrisaw continues to improve each season he’s on the field. He has the size, footwork and power to be a Pro Bowler in the NFL. The great thing about Darrisaw, he is so talented and is just scratching the surface.
The 2021 NFL draft begins on Thursday, April 29.