Buffalo Bills 2021 NFL Draft: Ranking the best cornerback fits

Oct 27, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) misses a pass for a touchdown as Florida State Seminoles defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) defends during the first half at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 27, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) misses a pass for a touchdown as Florida State Seminoles defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) defends during the first half at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 16, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Caleb Farley (3) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Caleb Farley

There is no question that when we look back on this draft class there is a real chance that Caleb Farley will be the best at his position. He has everything a team would want in a lockdown corner and he legitimately could be a fit on any team as he can excel in man and zone coverages.

Farley has the size to matchup on the outside at 6’2″ and 197 pounds and as a converted wide receiver he plays the ball well. He finished with six interceptions and 19 passes defended in 23 games over the 2018 and 2019 seasons before opting out of this past season.

While the positives are all there, the reason he could fall in the first round (and is even in the discussion for the Bills at 30) is that he has dealt with a number of injuries while at Virginia Tech. He suffered an ACL injury that cost him the entire 2017 season and then had a back injury that cost him two games in 2019. He recently had back surgery and while it is considered minor is worth paying attention to.

For the Buffalo Bills, Caleb Farley is a play similar to Asante Samuel Jr. in that he can play zone but with the way he plays man, the coaching staff can switch up their scheme. This versatility, combined with the potential, is why he ranks second on this list.