Cornerback Adjusting Well to Life in the NFL

Rookie cornerback Karl Paymah is fiercely intent on proving himself to the Denver Broncos, and after only three days of Training Camp, he's begun to do just that.

During the 2005 NFL Draft, the Broncos stock piled cornerbacks. The first three picks the Broncos had in the draft were cornerbacks, the second of which was Washington State University star Karl Paymah.

Paymah, was a two year starter at Washington State University, and earned a Pac 10 honorable mention as a senior. In 2003, the junior started every game for Washington, and at 6'- 200 pounds, was forced to cover some of the Pac 10's best wide receivers, including Mike Williams out of the University of Southern California. It was this ability that impressed the Bronco scouts enough for him to be selected in the third round of the draft, as the 76th overall pick.

When Paymah is on the field, chances are he will have his hands in the play. During Sunday's morning session, with the Broncos dressed in full pads, the rookie was involved in numerous jarring hits, primarily directed toward the wide receivers and tight ends.

Paymah said the most dangerous part of his game is that he's "an all around corner; size, speed, strength, athleticism and coverage." He's also the type of guy who never takes a play off, and promises to give the Broncos 100%, both on and off the field.

"I'm looking forward to reaching my potential and helping the team, any way I can," said Paymah. "I still have a long way to go." And as good as Paymah is right now, he can only get better.

There is no question that Paymah is a team player. He is a fierce competitor and not only wants to win, but also to be the best. He's intently focused on helping the Broncos win and wants to "get on the field, hopefully earn a nickel spot, or jump in there if somebody goes down."

Although he's still a rookie, his addition to the Denver defense seems to be paying immediate dividends. The intensity and fierceness he brings to an already dominant secondary, has made Karl Paymah one of this years Bronco players to watch.

Additional contributions by Brian Tippett and Dianne Harrison

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