I have previously looked at the three potential cornerback options for the Saints at the No. 28 pick.
They included Asante Samuel, Jr., Tyson Campbell, and Jaycee Horn. I excluded Caleb Farley because, in every projection, he went ahead of No. 28. Most of those aren’t still having Farley as a top-15 pick.
Earlier, Farley ranged anywhere from No. 9 to No. 16. However, there are some mock drafts coming out now that have Farley dropping to No. 28 which could be a potential downfall from his back injury that led to him having surgery.
Caleb Farley played 23 games over a two-year span with Virginia Tech. Farley joins some of the younger draftees as only finishing his sophomore year. He ended both years with 56 tackles (43 solo and 13 assisted tackles).
With the recent injury history and surgery of Caleb Farley, should the Saints be worried about drafting another injury-prone player?
He also added 6 interceptions, 1 touchdown, and 19 passes defended. He is a physical cornerback that can lock down in coverage. This is what Joe Marino of The Draft Network had to say about Farley’s performance.
"“Farley brings a rare blend of physical traits to the table in terms of size, length, quickness, fluidity, and athleticism that he pairs with exceptional man coverage skills that make him an exciting NFL prospect. Not only is he sticky in man coverage, but Farley also has game-changing ball skills and is an alpha in coverage.”"
As good as Farley is, an injury history like he has had over the past year is what has caused his fall sliding down to No. 28 in most mock drafts. After having his herniated disc removed in his back, Farley will most likely be given clearance from the NFL doctors to start the season.
The four-month timetable on his return is the prognosis right now. Because of the risk, Farley could be on the board for the Saints, but should they take the chance on another player that has had recent injury problems?
If the player in question is Caleb Farley, then the answer is yes. Farley was the No. 11 prospect a couple of months ago and the No. 1 projected cornerback. For a player like that, that the team desperately needs, they need to take the gamble.