What is Caleb Farley's 40 time? Stats and more for new Titans cornerback

Bruno Cooke April 30, 2021
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Caleb Farley’s 40 time has got everyone talking after the former Virginia Tech cornerback was the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. People want to know about Farley’s surgery woes, height and much more after he was picked by the Tennessee Titans. Let’s take a closer look.

Who is Caleb Farley?

Caleb Farley was born in Maiden, North Carolina, on 2 November 1998, which makes him 22 years old. He played quarterback at Maiden High School before joining Virginia Tech.

However, Farley missed the 2017 season after suffering a knee injury in pre-season camp (more about his injuries later) and, when he returned, he was converted from a wide receiver to a cornerback.

What is Caleb Farley’s 40 time?

Bommarito Performance Systems, a gym in Davie, Florida, tweeted a video of Farley running the 40-yard dash. He was clocked at 4.28 seconds. Take a look at the video below:

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Although unofficial, that’s pretty impressive. Only eight NFL players have officially run the 40-yard dash in a quicker time, according to NFL Scouting Combine.

Here’s that list in full:

  • 4.22 seconds: John Ross III, WR (2017)
  • 4.24 seconds: Chris Johnson, RB (2008)
  • 4.24 seconds: Rondel Menedez, WR (1999)
  • 4.26 seconds: Dri Archer, RB (2014)
  • 4.26 seconds: Jerome Mathis, WR (2005)
  • 4.27 seconds: Marquise Goodwin, WR (2013)
  • 4.27 seconds: Stanford Routt, CB (2005)
  • 4.27 seconds: Henry Ruggs III, WR (2020)

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Caleb Farley’s surgery issues

Farley has suffered a number of injury problems in his career, mostly connected to his back.

He was unable to participate in the Virginia Tech pro day because of a back injury, which was probably why he fell to the 22nd pick.

He doesn’t seem to have much luck when it comes to health. Farley planned to attend the draft in Cleveland but had to cancel his trip after testing positive for covid-19.

The cornerback said he tested negative on Thursday (30 April), however, and believes it could have been a false result.

Farley underwent two back surgeries while at college but, when healthy, was one of the stand-out cornerbacks in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for Virginia Tech. He opted out of the 2020 season because of concerns surrounding the pandemic.

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General manager Jon Robinson told the Titans official website the team had a lot of meetings with Farley but the medical staff felt “comfortable with where he is from a physical standpoint”.

Robinson added: “The Titans will continue to monitor his health and work to get him on the field as soon as possible.”

Farley told the website he had been frustrated by questions about his back but added: “I feel great and I can’t wait to get back on the field. I am a Tennessee Titan, I’m in good health and I’m extremely excited about the upcoming season.”

Doubts persist in some quarters, however. Gentry Estes, of the Nashville Tennessean, said picking Farley was a “risk when Tennessee Titans needed a sure thing”.

Farley’s weight, family and more

Caleb Farley weighs 208lbs and stands 6ft 2in. He is the son of Robert Farley and his late mother, Robin.

After he was picked in the 2021 Draft, Caleb said he hoped his mother was “smiling down on me from the sky (because) she always believed in me”.

Farley has one brother, Joshua, who competed in track and field at Appalachian State and majored in communication studies.

Farley has more than 27,000 followers on Instagram. This post sums up his thoughts on religion, family and career:

Farley also has more than 13,500 Twitter followers.

We wish Caleb Farley all the best for his upcoming season with the Tennessee Titans.

Bruno is a postgraduate student studying global journalism, with research interests in the intersection of the media, storytelling, culture and politics. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Packs Light and Forge Press, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com. He is a Student Ambassador for Tortoise Media, a big fan of Freddie Mercury and a novelist – his debut novel, Reveries, is available on Amazon.