20 Sep 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Photo courtesy of Hokiesports.com

Redshirt Junior | 6’2” 207 lbs | Maiden, NC

Picturesque press corner who plays with a patient physicality and possesses rare ball skills

Caleb Farley came to Virginia Tech as a 3-star receiver prospect, but switched to cornerback prior to his redshirt freshman season after missing his first year in college with a non-contact knee injury. He immediately became a productive starter at outside corner for the Hokies, intercepting a pair of passes in his first collegiate game. By the time his sophomore year started, he’d gained over 30 pounds since setting foot on campus. He entered his sophomore year as a member of the “Feldman’s Freaks” list, and finished the season with a deserved spot on the All-ACC Team. He primarily plays a lot of press jam and press shadow from the LCB spot, but has also has experience patrolling the flat and playing the deep third.

Strengths:

  • Ideal size, speed, and swagger for an NFL press corner
  • Strong and patient as a jammer
  • Premium ball skills and timing (legitimate ball production with 6 INTs and 23 PBUs in two seasons)
  • Maintains physicality with receivers from the POA all the way down field
  • Pushes weaker receivers off their routes
  • Disciplined player with natural football intelligence
  • Will outmuscle and outmaneuver receivers at the catch point
  • Consistently stays on top and in-phase in off-man coverage

Areas to improve:

  • Gets a bit predictable with his right-handed press jab
  • Click-and-close is merely adequate
  • Needs to improve his tackling form. Willing tackler, but has some problems with early strike timing
  • Questionable hip fluidity transitioning out of phase
  • Susceptible to biting on polished double-moves

Injury concerns:

  • Non-contact knee injury forced him to redshirt his first year on campus
  • Missed the final two games of the 2019 season with a head injury

Way too early projection:

Caleb Farley should be a plug-and-play starter for a team looking for a sturdy press corner. With his unique combination of size, speed, and the ability to beat receivers at the catch point, Farley has a shot to slip into the first round if his game continues to progress. He’s only had two full seasons playing cornerback, so he should continue to improve as he becomes more comfortable at the position. Farley is flying a bit under the national radar in the early stages of the process, but he has a legitimate shot to become the No. 1 corner in the draft.

What to watch in 2020:

If Farley gets more comfortable flipping his hips while transitioning out of phase, scouts will start to have a tough time finding flaws in his game. While he shows natural timing ability to make a play when the ball is in the air, his strike timing as a tackler needs work, and his progress in that regard will be worth monitoring. Farley routinely wins reps by frustrating out-muscling weaker receivers, but can he remain a menace against more physical receivers and tight ends? ACC Coastal receivers haven’t been much of a challenge for Farley, and sadly he is not slated to face any premier adversaries this year outside of North Carolina, Louisville, and possibly Penn State.

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