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2017 Broncos roster: Rookie cornerback Brendan Langley

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We continue with our daily series of breaking down the Denver Broncos 2017 90-man roster. Today we keep the football rolling looking at 2017 third-round pick, cornerback Brendan Langley.

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Name: Brendan Langley
Position: CB
Height: 6'0" Weight: 201lbs
Age: 22 Experience: Rookie
College: Lamar

The Denver Broncos entered the 2017 NFL Draft in search of a corner to replace former third-round pick, Kayvon Webster who signed a free agent contract with the Rams this winter. Webster served as the Broncos fourth corner and played an important role on Special Teams, but now is looking to become a starter for Wade Phillips defense in L.A.

This meant that the Broncos would likely select a cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft by the end of day two, and that’s exactly what they did. With the 101st pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Lamar cornerback Brendan Langley.

Langley has good size for a corner(6’0”, and 201lbs) as well as top-tier athleticism to go along with his size. His measurables and testing scores are pretty comparable to current Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib. So that should give you an idea of the size and athleticism Langley possesses.

Langley started his career with the Georgia Bulldogs but eventually transferred to Lamar for more playing time. He split time between receiver and cornerback early in his college career before transitioning into a full-time corner. This past year for Lamar, Langley totaled 6 interceptions(third best in the nation), broke up 7 passes, and also scored twice on punt returns.

Now Langley joins a loaded Broncos cornerback room ready and waiting for an opportunity. He also will be learning from three of the best corners in the league right now. Langley was asked what he wanted to learn from the Broncos top three corners, and he had a pretty good reply to this question.

“If I could take one thing from each of those guys, I would take Aqib Talib’s patience, Bradley Roby’s tenacity and Chris Harris’ feet.”

If Langley can take Talib’s patience, Roby’s tenacity, and Harris’s feet and add it his already impressive skill set then he is in for one productive NFL career.

Now, Langley can do much more than cover wide receiver’s and tight ends, he was also an accomplished punt returner while at Lamar. Langley told reporters that once he “gets a grasp on things” he believes he can become one of the better punt returners in the league.

“I love returning punts. Returning punts is a little bit different than returning kickoffs. You get a little more room to dance, just a little bit. On kickoffs, you have to hit the hole a little bit quicker. I think I’ll be able to contribute at a high level returning punts. We’ve got some great special teams coaches here who will teach me how to catch the ball, read runners coming down the field, when to fair catch and not to fair catch, things like that. I think once I get the grasp of it, I think I can be one of the best in the league.”

Those are some big goals to live up too, but if Langley can do it the Broncos will be thrilled. Special teams ability was an obvious focus this year with the draft selections and I think we’ll see Langley a lot on Special Teams this season.

The good:

Langley has good size for a corner and possesses top-notch athleticism to go along with that size.

He’s one of those size/speed prospects who need to be taught how to play cornerback. Thankfully for the Broncos, they have two former defensive backs coaches in Vance Joseph(Head Coach) and Joe Woods(Defensive Coordinator) on the coaching staff. So if they feel Langley can play, I’ll take their word for it. Joseph is an accomplish DB’s coach and Woods coached up the “No Fly Zone” so I won’t argue with their choice here.

Langley is at his best in off-man coverage, a coverage the Broncos(specifically Aqib Talib) do a lot of. He also has the ability, strength, and punch to play press-man as well. I like him best in off-man coverage because it allows him to read and react to the quarterback’s eyes and take advantage of his plus ball skills.

He is also very raw and moldable for a talented defensive coach. Thankfully the Broncos have a former Defensive Backs Joe Woods as their Defensive Coordinator so he should help mold Langley into a better prospect.

Finally, Langley has good ball-skills. He had 6 interceptions this past year which was third best in the nation. If those ball skills can carry over, the Broncos have a potentially very good corner here.

The bad:

Being raw is going to go under both “The good” and the “The bad” for Langley. He only has a few years of cornerback play under his belt and is a former wide receiver, so he’s still learning his craft. This means he may not be ready to play corner at an NFL level just yet. If you watched his Senior Bowl performance you see the rawness I am talking about.

All his negatives right now are his technique and mechanics. He needs to get all that cleaned up before he can be more than a backup/special teamer in the NFL.

Combine numbers:

40 time: 4.43 seconds

Bench Press: 22 reps(Top performer at his positional group)

Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches

Broad Jump: 123.0 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.06 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.21 seconds

60 Yard Shuttle: 11.19 seconds(Top performer at his positional group)

Brendan Langley Highlights:

Quotable:

Brendan Langley on being drafted by the Denver Broncos and on learning from Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib.

“Denver, it’s safe to say now, was my team of choice. Being able to work with guys like Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. It’s not often you get two All-Pro corners on the same team. Not to mention Bradley Roby, who if he weren’t playing behind those two guys, he’d be an All Pro as well. I think being able to learn from those guys is going to be the key factor in taking my game to the next level. I don’t think it’ll be any of the physical attributes. Mentally, I have to get on their level. For the most part, it’s going to be learning from them. That’s what’s going to take my game to the next level.”

Roster status:

Langley’s roster spot is all but locked in, but his role is what remains to be seen. He will be competing with Lorenzo Doss for fourth corner duties and likely a game day active spot since the fifth corner is often inactive. He will also be competing for the punt return job. There’s a long list of guys who could win that job, including fellow rookie Isaiah McKenzie.

How Langley performs at corner and on special teams during Training Camp and the Preseason will decide his role this season.

Right now, I am predicting Langley to win that fourth corner job and be very active on Special Teams during his rookie year. The Broncos did not spend a third-round pick on him to just make him a game day inactive.