Brendan Langley was drafted by the Denver Broncos at the tail end of the third round in the 2017 NFL Draft. He switched from wide receiver to cornerback late in his college career, so the team drafted him knowing he would be a work in progress.
Unfortunately, he was pressed into service early due to injury and suspension. The results were mostly bad as the rookie was beaten early and often in coverage. He has elite athleticism, but still needs another year or two before he’s ready for significant action. At 23 years old, he is still quite young.
Brendan Langley PFF Grade
Rough doesn’t begin to describe Langley’s limited playing time. Pro Football Focus gave him a 35.0 overall grade, which is about as low as it goes. That included a 35.1 grade in coverage and a 45.2 grade in run support.
In the two games where he played significantly, he graded out 32.9 in Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders and a 28.2 in Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He’ll need to continue to work on his technique and do better with his next opportunity.
Brendan Langley Contract
Being under his rookie deal, Langley will be fairly cheap to keep around. Don’t expect him to be going anywhere for at least the next two seasons.
Suffice to say, Langley isn’t ready for the big time. He needs a lot more coaching and a lot more reps in practice to get his muscle memory technique mastered. The Broncos will need to see him on Special Teams and that’s about it in 2018. Langley’s future in the NFL will likely be determined during training camp in 2019. If he hasn’t put it all together by then the Broncos may have to move on from him.