3. Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
Career Statistics: 102 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception
Why Da’Ron Payne Is Here On The List: An interesting prospect who doesn’t quite fit the normal look of an NFL defensive tackle, but he’s just a really, really good player.
At 6-2 and around 310 pounds, he’s not all that tall, but he’s better at a lighter weight after getting into better shape. However, he got stronger as is career went on, and now, good luck at moving him off the line.
A dangerous interior pass rusher as well as a beat-him-up run stuffer, he’ll more than hold his own against the power teams, but he can collapse the pocket, too.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Can he keep up that same attitude, same drive, and same leadership ability into the pros? Just how much will his lack of height matter, because everything else is there.
Bottom Line: He’ll get knocked down a few pegs in the draft because he doesn’t have the right height and he’s just not quite the right body type, but good luck trying to run over or past him. That he can get into the backfield, too, is the cherry on top.