NFL Draft 2017: Chiefs show interest in Lamar cornerback
By Matt Conner
Brendan Langley has turned heads with his production on defense and special teams, and he’s drawn the attention of the Chiefs scouts in the process.
There’s a lot to like about Brendan Langley. There’s the 4.43 second 40-yard dash on display at his recent pro day at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. There’s the six interceptions he had last season. There’s also the two punt returns for a touchdown. As a recently converted wide receiver, there’s also a lot of projected potential to like about Langley as he continues to learn the nuances of the position with more reps and experience.
The Kansas City Chiefs were just one of several teams at Lamar’s pro day on Wednesday checking out Brendan Langley up close. The Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears and several others were on hand to see how much of a project Langley might be at the pro level.
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At 6-0, 201 pounds, Langley has the size that John Dorsey seems to like at the position. The potential is also there as he was originally recruited by (and played for) the Georgia Bulldogs, who turned him into a receiver — then back to a cornerback. The question is why Langley couldn’t rise above the others on the Bulldogs’ depth chart to play against SEC-level competition?
Lamar’s limited schemes and level of competition along with Langley’s positional switch will keep him from making any on-field impact for some time at the NFL level. He’s simply too raw and unless he’s an incredibly fast learner, he’s likely going to need some time. But if teams are in love with his combination of athleticism and instincts and size, he might be the perfect prospect to coach up, so to speak, especially for a team with great teachers like Al Harris and Emmitt Thomas.