Knee injury in 2017, missed entire season. Consistent back issues through 2020 to 2021, but has been told by doctors he should be ready to start the NFL season.
2018: Virginia, Miami 2019: Wake Forest
Plays with great hip fluidity and can start moving in different directions very well. Closes very well and has great timing. Flies into break up the pass. Has great athleticism and aggressiveness to make him dangerous and a real ball hawk. His aggression is used on blitzes and run support, where he can be reliable and has shown bright spots to take the next step. Fantastic in press and off man, never letting a receiver get seperation. Plays well enough in zone to be reliable and is versatile overall. He can absolutely transform into a top coverage corner in the league in a short time.
Farley played in just 23 games during his college career. Missed the last two games of 2019 with back spasms, and issue that ultimately caused his pro day cancellation. Shows times when his feet drift on curl routes and can't keep up with his hips, but not a common issue. Rarely does much to get around blockers, and instead just stays in place. Inconsistent tackling will need to be fixed at the next level.
Farley has gone up and down draft boards this offseason, and spent a good amount of time as the majority number one corner among media before missing his pro-day due to a back injury. He underwent a microdiscectomy, which is supposed to be a minor operation and he says he will be ready to play by the beginning of the season. He grabbed 6 interceptions in his college career, including an impressive four in his All-ACC 2019 season. He also amassed 56 tackles thanks to his quick closing ability, and agility to move around the levels of the field. Once touted as a surefire top-12 pick, his draft status will now be decided on how teams view his injuries. Many GM's will worry about it, but the one willing to take a chance is getting a cornerback who could certainly become a top player in the league very quickly.
Quick feet with a great backpedal. Can be anywhere on the field in a matter of seconds. Former wide receiver with great top speed ability. Blitzes off the edge with great speed and forces errant throws. Farley is very physical when bearing down on receivers to break up the pass. Should use some more physicality when fighting off blockers. When he's playing a receiver on the sideline, he opens his hips and moves laterally very quickly, and can keep up with most receivers. Flies across the field on crossing routes.
Big Play Ability
Sticks to receivers like glue. As soon as they meet him he begins fighting with his hands and interrupts the route. Rarely gets shaken off and has an incredible ability to stay with the receiver. Pairs top notch athleticism with great coverage ability and allows such a small amount of separation. Although not often, he can get lost in zone coverage and move a second too late. Really interrupts receivers with hand fighting, and has the edge on them almost immediately because of it. Doesn't let anyone get the better of him because of size, he plays too smart for that. He easily has the potential to be one of the top coverage cornerbacks in the NFL.
Closes fast and breaks up a lot of passes. Knows exactly when to break on the ball and interrupts catches well. Notched 6 interceptions in his 23 games, a good amount, especially given the fact that quarterbacks didn't throw his way often. May be a touch too physical when closing on the ball in zone, and risks flags.
He's smart and knows when to come into tackles. Doesn't jump to early or too late. When engaging with blockers, it's usually just that. No attempt to shake them or get around. Could definitely use some improvement, as he's shown promise in other areas of run support. Has shown some missed tackles, and will let guys slip through. Something that needs correction, but isn't a major issue.
Engage with Blockers
Aggressive playmaker in coverage who is guaranteed to get a lot of pass breakups. Doesn't let receivers go easy and is always hunting for the ball in the air. When he's on the field he's very consistent in coverage, and it's rare to ever see a receiver get past him. He's going to be the most talked about prospect when it comes to injury, but he says he'll be ready to play come week 1.
Played a diverse scheme, and proved his ability in zone, press and off man. Could use some improvement in zone, but reliable enough to fit a lot of schemes. Smart player who reads the field, recognizes the play, and is patient. Never jumps in too early and can always be relied on if the ball gets into the secondary to make contact.