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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select CB Caleb Farley at No. 16

The Cardinals grab the third cornerback to round out the first half of round one.

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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.”

The Las Vegas Raiders are up next, led by Crawford_T.

2021 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Jacksonville Jaguars Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Trevor Lawrence
2 New York Jets fjblessi QB Zach Wilson
3 San Francisco 49ers TheDawgsPodcast QB Justin Fields
4 Atlanta Falcons yman1020 TE Kyle Pitts
5 Cincinnati Bengals GrandAdmiralThrawn0905 OT Penei Sewell
6 Miami Dolphins realmccoy WR Ja'Marr Chase
7 Detroit Lions xfl2001fan OT Rashawn Slater
8 Carolina Panthers Adam Rice CB Patrick Surtain II
9 Denver Broncos poultman QB Trey Lance
10 Dallas Cowboys StefanKnee LB Micah Parsons
11 New York Giants Barry Shuck WR DeVonta Smith
12 Philadelphia Eagles Big Cosmic News CB Jaycee Horn
13 Los Angeles Chargers Danielgarrett OT Christian Darrisaw
14 Minnesota Vikings eauclairefan DE/OLB Kwitty Paye
15 New England Patriots Bo154033 WR Jaylen Waddle
16 Arizona Cardinals brianberniebaker CB Caleb Farley
17 Las Vegas Raiders Crawford_T OT Teven Jenkins
18 Miami Dolphins Mudville LB Zaven Collins
19 Washington Football Team ScooterDMD QB Mac Jones
20 Chicago Bears wahoo7 OG Alijah Vera-Tucker
21 Indianapolis Colts yoderdame OT Samuel Cosmi
22 Tennessee Titans BrianB77 CB Asante Samuel Jr
23 New York Jets carrettbagel88 DE Jaelan Phillips
24 Pittsburgh Steelers Mean Ol' Pete RB Najee Harris
25 Jacksonville Jaguars Topanga Jeff DT Christian Barmore
26 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
27 Baltimore Ravens TheCrackpot DE/OLB Azeez Ojulari
28 New Orleans Saints TheCannonGoesBOOM CB Greg Newsome II
29 Green Bay Packers OCMiami WR Kadarius Toney
30 Buffalo Bills BelieveInCleve DE Jayson Oweh
31 Baltimore Ravens Robo Dawg OT Jalen Mayfield
32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Midnite Moses RB Travis Etienne
59 Cleveland Browns ProfessorBrowns CB Kelvin Joseph
89 Cleveland Browns Slaytanic Brownie DT Tommy Togiai
91 Cleveland Browns Swagnasty DE Payton Turner