A first-team NSCAA All-American and a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist last year, Farrell started all 23 games for the Cardinals and played in the midfield before moving to the back line the final nine games of the season.
"We just felt that he was consensus No. 1 across [the board] from a lot of different feelings going into the draft," head coach Jay Heaps said. "In college a lot of people were labeling him as the No. 1 pick when we were No. 4, but we still went to watch and see. He carried that pressure well, and I think those are important things. Then he also backed it up with a solid combine.
"When you're asked to perform at the level he's had to perform in the spotlight, I think that also shows a little bit of character."