2018 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about DA'RON PAYNE: Alabama, 6024 311 4.96. Junior entry and two-year starter from Birmingham, AL. Earned All-SEC honors in 2017 and did his best imitation of an immovable force. An explosive athlete who has strength at the point of attack. Uses his arms and hands to control the blocker. He closes the inside running lanes with authority. Payne is mobile enough to string out the play and pursue to the sidelines. Good awareness to blocking schemes and combination blocks. Explosive off the ball just like he got hit in the britches by a shotgun full of salt. Quick enough to cross a blocker’s face and cause disruption in the backfield. Can stack a double team or get skinny and cause a hump for the back to run around. Has the full menu of hand use rushing the passer - quickness, stab, punch, placement, extension, six-inch boxer’s punch, and assignment control. At times is almost unblockable. Plays square. Good change of direction. As a pass rusher Payne has an explosive upfield burst and upper body strength. Likes to use a club and clean himself off with an arm over or a rip. Also uses a push-pull move. Gets his hands up to force the quarterback to alter his throw. His eyes, hands, and feet are all in sync when putting heat on the quarterback. His inside pressure forces the passer off his spot. The former disruptive Tide star is a starting defensive tackle in any scheme and will dominate in the run game. Should be a sub package inside pass rushing Pro Bowl player. 2017 stats: 53 T, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 3 PBU, 8 QBH, 1 INT. Edge speed:left 1.97, right 1.97. OSR:9/22. First round. (A-33, H-9 3/8, BP-27, 10-1.66).