3. Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
6-2, 311: A fun prospect who has it all except for height. he plays big, he takes up a lot of space, and he can hit, hit, hit.
Alabama defensive linemen always work inside and out in a rotation, but Payne is a dream of a 4-3 tackle as he stuffs everything that comes at him. Forget about moving him off of his base – he’s a dominant force.
Best of all, he goes all-out, has a great motor, and doesn’t have any problems getting himself motivated. Throw in his improvement as an interior pass rusher, and it’s all there to be fantastic.
Don’t expect him to be a dominant playmaker in the backfield at the next level. But with his toughness against the run, his strength, and his leadership and personality, in this draft of okay tackles, he’s as sure-thing a prospect as they come.
Projected Round: First
Real Value: Mid-First Round