Defensive tackle| Alabama| Junior
Height:6-foot-2 | Weight: 311 pounds
2017: played and started in all 14 games; recorded 53 total tackles (21 solo, 32 assisted) along with a tackle for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and four passes defensed; selected as the Defensive MVP of the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the College Football Playoff National Championship Game; earned Second-Team All-American honors from the AFCA; named as a First-Team All-SEC selection by the media and a Second-Team All-SEC selection by conference coaches
Career: played in 44 career games; recorded 102 total tackles (39 solo, 63 assisted) along with 5.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and five passes defensed; selected as the Defensive MVP of the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the College Football Playoff National Championship Game; earned Second-Team All-American honors from the AFCA; named as a First-Team All-SEC selection by the media and a Second-Team All-SEC selection by conference coaches
40-yard dash: 4.95 seconds
Bench press: 27 reps of 225 pounds
Broad jump: 8 feet, 11 inches
Vertical jump: 28.5 inches
3-cone drill: 7.58 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.71 seconds
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Summary:Payne is the latest in a long line of dominant Alabama defensive linemen. The junior might not have racked up gaudy statistics, but Payne was a force against opponents' ground games, recording 45 of his 53 total tackles in 2017 against the run. Payne was a key defensive piece that helped the Crimson Tide claim the College Football National Championship as Alabama held Georgia to just 3.0 yards per carry in the title game.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote Payne is a force to be reckoned with in the trenches because he is "built like a wall of granite with exceptional lean muscle mass" who has "tremendous natural strength." Zierlien noted Payne's ability to play the run as he wrote that he is a "run-stuffer deluxe with elite contact balance and body control."
Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock had Payne as the No. 2 interior defensive lineman before and after the combine. ESPN draft expect Mel Kiper, Jr., listed Payne as the top defensive tackle in his most-recent rankings. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Payne as his fourth defensive tackle in the draft.
Double trouble: Payne scored on both sides of the ball in college. He had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2016 before hauling in a 1-yard touchdown catch in 2017.