Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos have chosen back-to-back cornerbacks with their first two picks in the NFL's 2005 Draft, selecting Karl Paymah from Washington State with the 76th overall pick.
In general Paymah, at 6'0", 204 lbs., has been a two-year starter performing mostly on special teams his first year before starting several games the following season, manning the left cornerback position in his last two years, while earning All-Pac 10 Conference recognition as a senior.
In 48 games with the Cougars, he started 27 times, recording 129 tackles (96 solos) with three interceptions and 21 pass deflections during his time at WSU.
On the plus side, Paymah has good size, playing speed, strength and athletic ability for the cornerback position. Has shown the quickness and agility to turn and run with the receiver and the ability to accelerate on the deep ball. Insiders agree that he has good vision and reaction to plays in front of him, plus the strength and size to press the receivers at the line of scrimmage.
His downside is the habit of sometimes losing sight of the receiver, resulting in the big catch and big play while he's been out of position. Considered adequate at defending the run, but has a tendency to duck his head and miss tackles.
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