The Cardinals grab the third cornerback to round out the first half of round one.
With the 16th pick of the 2021 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select…
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The selection and write-up were made by brianberniebaker:
This decision was based on the fact that cornerback was one of the Cardinals biggest needs (if not the biggest need), and that Farley was arguably the best player available at the time of the pick.
The Cardinals lost Patrick Peterson in free agency and replaced him with 31 year old Malcolm Butler on a one year deal. Robert Alford was also re-signed to a one year deal after missing the last two seasons due to injuries.
Caleb Farley was once considered the top cornerback prospect in the draft. His injury history dropped him in the cornerback rankings, but he did show that he could recover well from an ACL injury in 2017. He also recently received the green light from the NFL on his back after microdiscectomy surgery this past March.
The combination of Farley’s physical and coverage abilities gives him a chance to be an all pro in the NFL. With cornerbacks on one year deals ahead of him, he does not need to start right away. The Cardinals can ease him onto the field, making sure that he has fully recovered physically while he learns the defense.
Pokorny: “The Cardinals moved on from Patrick Peterson this offseason, while signing Malcolm Butler to a short-term deal. Arizona’s offense can be dangerous, so I like the move for them to upgrade the secondary.”
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