Da’Ron Payne Draft Profile

Da'Ron Payne NFL Draft


  • Strong and powerful
  • Body control
  • Run stuffer
  • Can see and handle double teams
  • Has increased his athleticism since he stepped on campus
  • Rarely on the ground
  • Leadership
  • Football IQ

Analysis: Da’Ron Payne is a behemoth of a man, but he has actually leaned down since he first stepped on Alabama’s campus as a Top 20 recruit. Payne possesses an enormous amount of natural strength–he was bench pressing over 400 pounds in high school. He is considered a run-stuffer deluxe with elite contact balance and body control. Only on the ground when making a tackle. Plays like a pro. Has feel for adjacent pressure against double teams. Quick to drop his anchor and grow roots. His initial punch can knock lineman back if they are not expecting it. Two-gaps with arm extension and his eyes in the backfield. Offenses simply shouldn’t run at him. Eats blocks and keeps linebackers clean. Has to be schemed against. Hands and feet are full synced. Gifted athlete who showed marked improvement as rusher. Payne is known as a run stuffer, but his improvement in his pass rush game will help him develop into an elite pro. He’s nowhere near where he needs to be, but he did increase his QB pressures from 15 to 27 this season. His leadership skills are off the charts. Considered one of the most respected leaders during Saban era (that says a lot).


  • Lacks explosive first step
  • Lateral quickness
  • Needs more pass rush moves
  • Too upright out of stance at times
  • Scouts wonder if he is a two-down lineman only

Analysis: For all of Payne’s strengths, he can still use some coaching to elevate his game. He can be slow off the snap, jerking upright and losing all of his leverage from his lower half when he does so. His lateral quickness leaves a lot to be desired and you cannot expect him to actively chase down ball carriers down the line. He is a square-up player with average change of direction or ability to get the upper body turn to climb over and around the top. Pass rush can come to a grinding halt if his first move is stopped. He needs to add to his repertoire of pass rush moves. Scouts and NFL teams question whether or not Payne will be strictly a two-down lineman or will he be able to play on rush downs.

What the scouts say: “I think A’Shawn Robinson was more talented than Da’Ron (Payne) and I know Robinson had better (tackle-for-loss) and sack production than him, but Payne plays harder and I think he’ll be the better NFL player. He’s thick and strong, but he’s also a really good athlete and I see his best football in front of him.” – NFC executive

Size: 6’2 308lbs

Draft Rank: No. 2 DT

NFL Comparison: Linval Joseph

Draft Projection: 1st Round

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