"I'm definitely a starter. It's my time to be 'the guy,' " he said.
Paymah is 26 and was a 3rd round pick of the Broncos out of Washington State in 2005. It's interesting that in that draft, the Broncos took corners with their first three picks. According to Barrows post, Paymah's agent said his man was best in press coverage. His scouting report seems to back that up:
He has good size and strength, which shows in his tackling and his jams of receivers at the line of scrimmage. He has the speed to stay with most receivers on go routes, but he is a little stiff in the hips. He can lose contact against a good move or double move . . . he isn't natural at playing the ball in a crowd. Paymah could be a quality nickelback, but he isn't quite starter material.
This comes a few days after free agent CB Eric Green visited the team on Friday. It's quite the coincidence, but Green was the 76th overall pick in 2005 and Paymah was 75th. They're also similar in size: Paymah is 6-0 195lbs and Green is 5-11, 196lbs. Green gets a little more love in the scouting report:
He has excellent size, speed and athleticism for the position . . . is smooth, explosive and can extend the cushion with his pedal and transition to close on the ball in front of him or to the sides . . . he has a burst to catch up when receivers get a step on him. His biggest issues are his lack of concentration and lapses of techniques. He tends to gamble and can get out of position, overestimating his ability to make the play.
Are we looking at a pair of Shawntae Spencer replacements, or could one of these compete with Tarell Brown to replace Walt Harris? Does either do much for you?