If you’re a UGA who always wondered why former player Brendan Langley wasn’t moved from defensive back to receiver earlier in his time with the Bulldogs, the Denver Broncos are thinking the same way.
On early Friday, it was learned that the NFL team has converted Langley from defensive back to wide receiver, per NBC Denver.
“I’ve gone back and forth between cornerback and receiver my whole life,’’ Langley told the website. “But to be perfectly honest, I always wanted to play receiver. The corner thing was cool, it got me a foot in the door. Now I’m ready to attack the receiver position full go and I think you guys are going to be extremely surprised with the production.’’
Langley, who finished his college playing career at Lamar, was a third-round pick by the Broncos in the 2017 NFL Draft due to his ridiculous numbers at the Combine.
For the past two seasons, Langley has appeared in 16 total NFL games at defensive back.
At UGA, Langley had a wild ride. He signed with the Bulldogs in 2013, and started the first four games of his freshman year at cornerback. He was a backup for the rest of the season. That following spring, Langley was moved from defense to offense to play receiver, per DawgNation’s Chip Towers.
However, after getting almost no playing time on offense in the 2014 season, Langley was moved back to defensive side of the ball and actually started at cornerback his second game after the switch — a 34-0 win over Missouri. But Langley would appear in just three more games and never start again. After the season, he requested a transfer from then-UGA coach Mark Richt.
Bottom line: You know you’re a great athlete when NFL teams try to switch your positions at the professional level. It seems to be a long shot, but then again so did Langley’s unusual path to the NFL.