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One of the top cornerbacks in this year's draft Caleb Farley had a Zoom interview with Mike Tomlin, according to Nick Farabaugh of Steelers Now. Farley said Tomlin had good points to take in and Tomlin told him to "stay true to himself."
Farley, a projected first-round pick, had a microdiscectomy on Tuesday with noted back-specialist Robert Watkins and will not work out at his pro day Friday, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Farley is a tall cornerback, standing at 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, who has tremendous ball skills and is at his best when in man coverage on the outside. Farley was a two-year starter at Virginia Tech and had six interceptions and 19 passes defended in his career as a Hokie. Farley opted out from the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Steelers could be in line to select a cornerback in the first two rounds of this year's draft with the team releasing Steven Nelson earlier this week and Joe Haden turning 32 next month. Farley is projected to go in the first round of the draft.
Below is a scouting report on Farley by The Draft Network.
"Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley enters the NFL after playing quarterback in high school, beginning his college career as a wide receiver, and then transitioning to defense where he shined as a cornerback for the Hokies in 2019. While he is new to the position, his film does not resemble a player that is still learning the ropes. 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, Farley has game-changing ball skills and is an alpha in coverage. Unfortunately, his injury history is concerning. Farley suffered a non-contact ACL tear in 2017 that forced him to miss the season and then missed the last two games in 2019 due to back spasms, an issue Justin Fuente said Farley dealt with all season long. When it comes to on-the-field issues, Farley is a fairly complete prospect that is clearly ascending but sharpening his zone coverage skills would be beneficial. Additionally, he needs to develop his tackling technique to decrease an alarming amount of whiffs on tape. Farley has a full toolbox of traits to develop into a shutdown corner at the next level that can create takeaways."