In a unique twist of picks, the Denver Broncos have chosen Domonique Foxworth from Maryland, the teams' third consecutive cornerback selected on Day One of the NFL 2005 Draft.
Foxworth is an athletic defensive back who started for the third straight season in 2004 at the field cornerback position and was Maryland's most experienced defensive player. The two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection had possibly the strongest work ethic on the team. He received "Iron Terp" honors in 2004 when he posted the team's third-best strength index, with a 37-inch vertical jump, a 335-pound bench, 515-pound squat and 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash in spring testing.
At 5-11, 178 lbs., Foxworth has shown some good speed along with quick acceleration. Insiders also praise him for his excellent work ethic, unlike the Broncos first pick Darrent Williams, who has been known to have some problems.
While he lacks top-end speed, he has enough quickness and instincts to stay tight with a receiver in man coverage. He appears best suited to cover the slot receiver because of his short area quickness and extra gear he shows in his forward charge. Considered a decent wrap-up tackler, but proven to be more effective when he drags the ball carrier down.
Because of his size, he will get run over when attempting to plug rush lanes and it is advisable to not utilize him in run force situations, having only two stops behind the line of scrimmage during his college career.
"With Domonique Foxworth, we added another corner, obviously a position need," added head coach Mike Shanahan.
"We feel that we have a player that is very similar to the corners that we have drafted with great speed and with great ability. We were surprised that he was there with our pick. To be able to get Domonique makes us feel very lucky."
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