2021 New Orleans Saints three-round mock draft: Cornerback the most pressing need
Saints 2021 Mock Draft Round 1: No. 28 overall — CB Caleb Farley
This is the quintessential first-round pick for the Saints. While back surgery could hamper Farley as a rookie, he’s expected to be back by training camp.
However, given the lingering ability of back injuries, Farley’s stock is slipping. He was at one time deemed the top cornerback prospect in the draft. At 6-foot-2, Farley has ideal size to hang with a receiver like Mike Evans.
Here’s NFL.com’s overview of Farley.
"“Farley possesses rare size for the position and does an excellent job of utilizing his frame and length to charge rent inside the catch space. While his traits and ball skills will be coveted, he’s still light on overall reps at the cornerback position. He needs to continue to improve his technique and discipline as he displays inconsistencies staying connected to routes at times. Farley is an ascending talent who fits more cleanly in a press-heavy scheme. Might require early patience as he continues to gain the polish necessary to become a quality NFL starter.”"
Farley has racked up 56 tackles in 23 collegiate games. Originally a three-star prospect, Farley quickly made his presence felt, recording two interceptions as a rookie and then four as a sophomore before opting out of his junior season.
With Jenkins no longer on the roster and Lattimore as the main No. 1 option for the Saints, New Orleans should be willing to take a risk on a pick that could create an elite, long-term duo on the edge.
Getting Farley at 28 would be a steal for the Saints and fulfill one of their biggest needs.