Scout's Notebook: CB Karl Paymah

The Vikings filled a specific need with the signing of ex-Broncos cornerback Karl Paymah, considered an excellent special teams player and capable nickel or dime cornerback.

#41, Karl Paymah, CB (6000, 204, 4.27-4.46) Washington State

Notes:  Born 11/29/82, in Boston, Mass.  Parents are Ewan and Louisa Coleman.  Has one brother (Emmanuel) and one sister (Alexis).  Coached by Tom Salter at Culver City (Calif.) High School, earning two varsity letters as a defensive back and wide receiver.  Also competed in track, earning three letters.  Named the track team's MVP after winning the league 200-meter title as a junior.  Member of the 400-meter championship relay team.  All-Ocean League first team pick as a defensive back.  Named the team's MVP on offense and earned first team All-Bay League team on defense, as well as being selected to the Los Angeles Times first team and the All-Westside first team.

College:  Redshirted as a freshman in 2001.  Played in every game as a reserve cornerback, posting 14 tackles in 2002.  Played in 12 games, starting 3 and finished with 25 tackles and 3 pass breakups in 2003.  Started every game, recording 55 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, a fumple recovery, one interception and 10 PBU.  All-Pac 10 honorable mention, starting every game at left cornerback in 2005; recorded 35 tackles, 2 interceptions and 8 PBU.  Played in 48 career games (27 starts) with 129 tackles, 3 interceptions, 21 PBU and one fumble recovery.  Played in the annual East-West Shrine Game following the season.  Received a bachelor’s degree in business/advertising from Washington State.

Pre-Draft:  Measured 6000, 204 pounds at the Scouting Combine; recorded a 1.51 10-yard dash, 2.44 20-yard dash, 4.35 40-yard dash, 41 ½-inch vertical jump, 10’-5” broad jump, 3.91 20-yard shuttle.  Also posted 16 reps at 225 pounds at his Pro Day and improved his 3-cone drill time with a 6.75 effort.  He had recorded a 4.57 forty in spring workouts on campus heading into his senior campaign, but he improved dramatically on that with timings of 4.27-4.46 prior to the draft, including 4.32-4.35 at Indy.  Measured 30 ¾-inch arm length and 9 ¾-inch hands.

Pro:  Originally a third-round draft choice (No. 76 overall) by karl paymahthe Denver Broncos in 2005.  Recorded 14 tackles, including 11 special teams tackles (second on the team) as a rookie.  Played in every game in 2006; posted 26 tackles, 2 PBU and 12 special teams tackles.  Saw action in 15 games (starting 3) in 2007; registered 22 tackles, 5 PBU, 2 interceptions and 8 special teams tackles.  Started 2 games, played in all 16 last season; had 39 tackles, 5 PBU, one interception and led the team with 11 special teams tackles.

Was found guilty of a DUI and Careless Driving charge from an incident in May 2006 in which he was found asleep at the wheel of his Range Rover, with the vehicle in gear and running.

After reported free agent visits with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers, Paymah visited the Vikings on March, 13, 2009, and consequently agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Minnesota  Paymah agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.55 million with incentives that could include up to $500,000 more.

Positives:  Good athlete with nice size, strength and excellent speed.  Has all the tools to truly excel as a Cover-2 cornerback.  Well build with nice size and fine natural movement skills.  Top-flight overall physical tools (height-weight-speed-leaping ability).  Physical at the line of scrimmage.  Can effectively jam receivers off the snap.  Fluid backpedal and transition.  Can run one-on-one with receivers.  Will support the run.  Solid special-teams player on kick coverage.

Negatives:  Appears to lack feel at times in zone coverage.  Gets caught out of position and allows too many big plays.  Not always smooth in transition.  Somewhat inconsistent tackler.  A bit unrefined and inconsistent.

Summary:  Paymah is expected to compete with Benny Sapp and Marcus McCauley for the nickel cornerback position.  Sapp was re-signed to a one-year contract last week.  He should help upgrade the Vikings’ kick coverage units.

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