Defensive Tackle #94
Junior, 6’2″ 320
Da’Ron Payne is another highly touted Alabama defender that should be selected early in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Anchoring the middle of what should be yet another top Alabama defense is Da’Ron Payne. He returns for his third year in Tuscaloosa and hopes to play in his third National Championship game. He is a no doubt early first round guy. He can play a nose guard in a 3-4 defense or play a run stuffer in a 4-3 defense. Depending on team needs, he should be a top ten selection but a team could get a steal if he drop to the 11-15 range due to positional needs.
Payne’s strength is borderline legendary and it shows when he is constantly being double teamed by opposing offenses. Regardless, He still makes plays consistently and any team on Alabama’s schedule will find it extremely difficult to run up the gut with Payne on the Crimson Tide’s defense. He also has great leverage with his combination of stature and weight. He usually wins at the point of attack and he simply doesn’t get blown off of the ball. He has excellent hands and displays great technique.
Payne is one of those prospects that doesn’t have too many negatives to his game. If there is a something to be concerned with it may be his motor even though he hasn’t shown much if he does lack a motor. He is a pure stud for the Crimson Tide and he didn’t get a whole lot of playing time his freshman year due to who was playing in front of him so he really only has one year of tape but what tape there is only shows a force to be reckoned with. Another year will only boost his stock.