Jason’s Official 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne

DaRon Payne, DT, Alabama

Scouting Report:

Payne finished his career at Alabama, where he played in 44 career games, had 102 tackles, 5.0 for loss, and 3.0 sacks. He also had 1 interception, 5 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, and 2 fumbles recovered. He has great size, he has good speed, he gets good pressure on the quarterback, and is a good pass rusher. He was a tackling machine, is a hard hitter, and a run stuffer. he also creates havoc on defense, is very relentless on defense, and is a defensive play maker. He does a good job of powering his way through the offensive line in pursuit of the quarterback, and he gets a good push on the offensive line. On the other hand he is not known as a big sack guy. With that said, I expect Payne to be a 1st-round pick, likely ending up in the top 15-20 picks when it is all said and done.