COVID-19 has officially struck the 2021 NFL Draft, now that Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley has tested positive for the disease.
Farley’s agent, the always boisterous Drew Rosenhaus, said right now Farley feels fine but will quarantine at home.
“Caleb Farley tested positive for Covid 19 yesterday on a test administered by the NFL,” Rosenhaus said in a text.
“He is totally asymptomatic and feels completely normal. However he won’t be allowed to attend the draft in Cleveland.”
It’ll be interesting to see if this latest development causes teams to back off — which would then let another team snag him.
Teams already had concerns about Farley, who has been dealing with a back injury for more than two years. He’s had two surgeries and hasn’t played a game since 2019, making his draft stock one of the biggest question marks of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Despite these misgivings, Rosenhaus remains optimistic about his client’s chances on Thursday.
“I’ve had multiple teams tell me that in the middle of the draft, they are going to draft him,” Rosenhaus told NFL.com on Monday.
“I don’t expect him to make it to pick No. 20. I’m convinced, based on my discussions, that he’ll go in the first 20 picks.”