The Broncos cut a former 2017 draft pick today when they released Brendan Langley, who was drafted as a cornerback but had been trying to make the team as a wide receiver.
Broncos just waived WR Brendan Langley, per source. Former 3rd-round pick was trying to convert from CB. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 30, 2019
A third rounder in the same draft that gave the Broncos Garett Bolles, Langley failed to make Vance Joseph’s team last year at corner and believed a position switch gave him a better chance in the NFL.
“I always wanted to play receiver,” Langley said when interviewed by 9News’ Mike Klis earlier this summer.
Early in camp, it looked like Langley’s gamble on himself could turn into one of the more surprising stories of the 2019 Broncos. He made the play of the first day of camp when he caught a long pass. Unfortunately, he couldn’t translate those early flashes into consistent production once the pads went on.
Fresh competition.— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 17, 2019
the best plays from our first joint practice with the 49ers pic.twitter.com/w0K43eAcjP
Langley played both wide receiver and defensive back during his high school career in Marietta, Georgia. At the University of Georgia, he played defensive back but switched back to offense after he transferred to Lamar. Then he switched back to corner again.
It should be no wonder that the athletic Langley came out of Lamar touted as a strong, yet raw athlete.
Most in Broncos Country look back at the 2017 NFL Draft as a bunch of “should have, could have” decisions. The promising preseason of DeMarcus Walker may one day change that perception, but it’s notable that Brendan Langley was taken before corners such as Seattle’s Shaquill Griffin. He went four picks before the Pittsburgh Steelers selected James Conner and 11 before the Chicago Bears drafted Alabama safety and 2018 All-Pro Eddie Jackson.