ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Whenever cornerback Kayvon Webster arrived at practice at South Florida, he'd proclaim, "Champ Bailey's here."
Now, the third-round draft pick has a locker across from the Denver Broncos perennial Pro Bowler and one day might succeed his idol.
The Broncos added Webster and free agent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this offseason to a stellar group of cornerbacks that includes incumbents Bailey, who's entering his 15th season, Chris Harris, Tony Carter and Omar Bolden.
A shade under 6 feet and 200 pounds, Webster represents a new breed of cornerback coveted by NFL teams who want bigger, stronger and sometimes faster players to cover taller tight ends and beefier wide receivers that are all the rage nowadays.
A linebacker in high school, Webster was converted to cornerback at South Florida and started emulating Bailey.