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Da'Ron Payne DT 6' 2 319 lbs ( trade w/ Chiefs)

Rank: 
10
Round Drafted: 
25
College: 
Alabama

One of the key cogs along the Crimson Tide’s vaunted defensive front  ... totaled 36 tackles, three quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery for a touchdown ... added 3.5 tackles for loss (-13 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-10 yards) from his nose guard spot ... selected to the Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top lineman on offense or defense ... named one of the Alabama coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his performance against Mississippi State. USC: Started at nose guard but did not record any stats ... helped occupy blockers and limit the Trojan rushing attack to only 64 yards on the ground. Western Kentucky: Recorded three tackles along the defensive line ... helped limit the Hilltopper rushing attack to only 23 yards on the ground. Ole Miss: Made a career-high four stops and recovered a fumble for a touchdown against the Rebels ... picked up the forced fumble created by Ryan Anderson and plunged the ball over the end zone for six as he was being tackled ... his fumble return was one of the Tide’s three non-offensive touchdowns on the afternoon. Kent State: Collected two tackles in his one half of play ... helped limit the Golden Flashes’ rushing attack to only 82 yards on the ground. Kentucky: Finished his night against the Wildcats with one tackle ... played a key role in limiting the UK rushing attack to only 72 yards on the ground. Arkansas: Recorded three tackles, including the first full sack (-8 yards) of his career ... also added one quarterback hurry against the Razorbacks as part of the Tide’s season-high 12 quarterback pressures. Tennessee: Registered a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards) as part of his two total stops ... played a key role in limiting the Volunteer rushing attack to only 32 yards. Texas A&M: Wrapped up the afternoon with two stops and one pass breakup ... helped limit the Aggies to 278 yards of offense including 114 on the ground.