Caleb Farley, a cornerback out of Virginia Tech who’s a potential first-round pick in Thursday’s NFL draft, won’t be attending the event in person because he tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a video he posted to Twitter on Wednesday announcing his positive test, Farley said he “feels great” and is asymptomatic.
Farley was one of 13 players expected to be in Cleveland for the draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The group includes tight end Kyle Pitts and quarterbacks Trey Lance, Mac Jones and Zach Wilson, among others.
The group of players who accepted invitations were required to undergo coronavirus testing. Farley is the first player known to return a positive test.
Farley’s draft placement is largely unknown, particularly because the cornerback has faced several injuries in the past. He figures to be selected in the first round, though.
In 2017, he tore his ACL. He suffered from back spasms in 2019. He missed Virginia Tech’s pro day in March because of a microdiscectomy — a fairly common back surgery to alleviate pressure on the spinal nerve column. He also opted out of the 2020 season.
“You know I’m not going to let nothing or nobody ruin this week for me,” Farley said in the video. “This is a dream come true. And for those who continue to send me negativity and hate, you know, bless you. I hope your life is smooth sailing. Thank you. I feel great. Draft week, baby.”