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2021 NFL Draft: Titans select CB Caleb Farley with 22nd pick

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With the 22nd pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans have selected cornerback Caleb Farley out of Virginia Tech. The need was an obvious one for Jon Robinson, and he knocks it out early with his first selection.

Farley was a projected top ten pick, but a nagging back injury forced him down the board tonight. It’s a gamble on whether or not he can stay healthy, and Robinson clearly determined that the potential reward was worth the risk.

For what it’s worth, his surgeon believes Farley is expected to be ready for training camp. He hasn’t played a snap of football in 17 months, and has had two surgeries to fix the issue.

The 6-2, 206 pound cornerback snagged six interceptions in his two seasons at Virginia Tech. He was credited with 19 pass breakups during that span, establishing himself as one of the top corners in the nation.

He joins a cornerback room that got a full makeover this offseason. Janoris Jenkins, Kristian Fulton, Kevin Johnson and now Farley make up the cornerback depth chart. Robinson is hoping that makeover, along with the addition of edge rusher Bud Dupree, is enough to turn the Titans’ defense around in 2021.

Worth noting here: Robinson chose Farley over a potential starter at right tackle, along with Elijah Moore and Rashod Bateman. The next move feels like it has to be a wide receiver — we’ll see if Robinson moves for one tomorrow night, or stays put at No. 53.

Update: Robinson says that the team doctors did get to do an evaluation on Farley.

Remaining Picks

Round 2: Pick 53

Round 3: Pick 85

Round 3: Pick 100

Round 4: Pick 126

Round 5: Pick 166

Round 6: Pick 205

Round 6: Pick 215

Round 7: Pick 232

Remaining Needs

  • Receiver
  • Right Tackle
  • Edge
  • Defensive tackle
  • Tight end