As the 2021 NFL Draft approaches on April 29, teams will be spending their remaining days crafting a strategy about which needs they should address first.
The Las Vegas Raiders are one of the teams who've been trying to improve their defense this offseason. While they've done a decent job so far, they haven't quite addressed their secondary, which is something they could end up doing in the first round of the draft.
Raiders Mock Draft - Caleb Farley
Unless something changes, the Raiders are poised to draft at the No. 17 spot. In the latest PFF mock draft, Sam Monson projects the Raiders making a great decision with their pick by selecting Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley.
Farley has dealt with injuries throughout his collegiate career, leading to some NFL teams being hesitant to use a first-round pick on him. However, recent news indicates that the cornerback is healthy and that teams shouldn't have anything to worry about.
In two seasons with Virginia Tech, Farley registered 56 total tackles, 19 passes defended and 6 interceptions, including one that was returned for a Pick-6. At 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, Farley should have a size advantage against several of the wide receivers he'll be competing against in the NFL. A 4.28-second 40-yard dash time also indicates that he should be able to compete against some of the league's fastest players.
The truth is that the Raiders could use a cornerback of Farley's caliber. Teams averaged 263.2 passing yards (25th) and 1.8 passing touchdowns (T-17th) per game against them in 2020. If Farley can remain healthy and the Raiders do end up drafting him, opposing receivers and quarterbacks may not be able to take Las Vegas as lightly anymore.
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