Well, at some point, you knew that there would be some mention of Tennessee Titans rookie Caleb Farley and that it would sting a little. Even the most die-hard fan of this team has had to ask himself or herself if their general manager’s decision to make him the 22nd-overall selection in the most recent NFL Draft was wise.
Sure, if everyone was certain that he was healthy, the argument could be made that this was the most talented prospect at the cornerback position in the entire draft class. That was the problem though. No one knew if he was healthy.
Add to that the fact that he was a high school quarterback that was recruited to play wide receiver but then wound up playing cornerback, and you can see why the knowledge that he only has 23 games of experience at the position concerns people.
Some NFL scouts wanted to see more, but Farley sat out of the entire 2020 NCAA football season due to COVID-19 concerns. While no one would blame him for that, it did hurt his draft stock some, as did the knowledge that after having issues with staying healthy at the collegiate level, he’s dealt with a torn ACL in 2017, and he had back surgery leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft. He hasn’t been seen on a football field since.
The Tennessee Titans rookie gets a mention and it isn’t pretty.
The confusion about when Caleb Farley will be seen on the field and practicing with his Tennessee Titans teammates can overwhelm you if you’re not careful. Then, if you take things a step further, you have to ask yourself something. What if he isn’t the same guy that we remember when he’s available? He’s currently on Tennessee’s NFI (non-football injuries list).
All of that helped fuel some of a recent story by Bleacher Report‘s Brent Sobleski. He mentions who he believes might be every team’s biggest bust in 2021, and Farley got a dishonorable mention in this one. Take a look:
"Caleb Farley’s injury history is worrisome.Maybe it’s unfair to include him due to circumstances outside of his control, but previous issues that kept him off the field can’t be overlooked…No one denies Farley’s natural ability. When healthy, he brings everything a team wants in a No. 1 cover corner. He could have easily been a top-10 draft pick had it not been for his list of injuries. Instead, the Titans took a chance with the 22nd overall pick and must now worry if Farley will stay healthy during his rookie campaign."
One year after taking offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson in 2020’s NFL Draft, perhaps the biggest first-round bust since the franchise moved to Tennessee from Houston, fans are nervous. You can probably see why.
No one wants to shoulder the anguish of knowing the Tennessee Titans missed on two straight first-round selections. Fingers are crossed whenever Caleb Farley gets mentioned. Let’s hope Sobleski is wrong because if he is, we go from calling Farley a potential bust to a draft-day steal. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.