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Caleb Farley Drafted by Titans: Tennessee's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2021

Virginia Tech defensive back Caleb Farley (3) lines up during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Miami, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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The Tennessee Titans used the No. 22 pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft to select cornerback Caleb Farley out of Virginia Tech.

Here's how Farley looks in Tennessee's defense:

LDE: Denico Autry, Larrell Murchison

NT: Daylon Mack, Woodrow Hamilton

DT: Jeffery Simmons, Bruce Hector

OLB: Harold Landry, Derick Roberson

ILB: Rashaan Evans, Jan Johnson

ILB: Jayon Brown, David Long Jr.

OLB: Bud Dupree, Olasunkanmi Adeniyi

CB: Caleb Farley*, Chris Jackson, Kristian Fulton

CB: Janoris Jenkins, Kevin Johnson

NB: Breon Borders

FS: Kevin Byard, Amani Hooker

SS: Dane Cruikshank, Kareem Orr

Depth chart info provided by Ourlads and Over the Cap.

   

The 22-year-old is one of the top players in the draft at any position, rated No. 5 overall and the best cornerback in the class by Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com in February.

His stock dropped a bit in March after missing his pro day due to a microdiscectomy intended to heal a back injury. Agent Drew Rosenhaus projected the player would be cleared to return by the start of training camp, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Farley also opted out of the 2020 season amid concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, which he explained to Football Morning in America

This time away could lead to a slower transition to the NFL.

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There are still high expectations based on what he has showed on the field. The 6'2" cornerback has the physical tools to be an elite player at the next level with his size, speed, length and athleticism.

The North Carolina native also proved his ability as a sophomore in 2019, tallying 16 passes defended and four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He was named first-team All-ACC just a few years after converting from quarterback.

The speed was especially valuable to prevent anyone from beating him deep:

This could make Farley a difference-maker at the next level if he continues to work on his technique.

The Titans could be patient with Farley as he gets back to full strength, but the team is likely well aware of his upside and should get him snaps early in his NFL career.

The secondary was a major issue for Tennessee last season ranking 29th in the NFL in passing yards allowed, while the loss of Adoree' Jackson could only make things worse.

The latest addition could go a long way in helping solidify the unit and remain in contention in the AFC.

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