Scouting Report: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

Birmingham, AL | 6016 | 312 | 4.95E | 2019

A freakish athlete and a physical specimen who hails from a different planet. This guy rolls out of bed and eats double teams for breakfast. Arguably the top nose tackle and strongest NFL Draft prospect in the nation. He’s certainly one of the most impressive weight room performers to pass through the Crimson Tide facilities in recent memory. The Alabama strength and conditioning staff won’t let him go above 500 pounds on the bench press, 600 pounds on the squat or 365 pounds on power clean. At 320 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 seconds! He weighed as much as 350-plus pounds as a senior in high school but is down at the 310-range entering 2017; he played his freshman season around 320. He self admittedly had to transition to the speed of the SEC upon his arrival in Tuscaloosa but immediately proved he belonged, earning three starts as a true freshman amongst a highly talented, NFL-caliber group of defensive lineman. “He made quite an impression,” Jonathan Allen (Redskins) commented. “He is very mature for his age and has a great understanding of the playbook. He is a physical specimen, and his strength is very rare.”


2016: 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.

2015: One of the top reserves along the nation’s top defensive front … earned freshman All-America honors from … worked in an expanded role along the defensive front as the season progressed and earned his first career start against Arkansas.

High School/Personal: An elite prospect along the interior of the defensive line … 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection … invited to Nike’s 2014 “The Opening” … five-star prospect by and … ranked No. 14 in the final Scout300 and listed as the outlet’s No. 4 defensive tackle, No. 2 tackle the South region and No. 1 player in Alabama … the No. 3 defensive tackle nationally by and No. 19 in the Rivals100 … No. 1 player in the state by … No. 20 in the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team … listed ninth among defensive tackles by ESPN and the No. 2 player in Alabama … No. 48 in the ESPN300 and No. 26 in the Southeast region … a five-star in the 247Composite where he is the No. 29 overall player and the No. 7 defensive tackle … No. 52 in the Top247 and the No. 7 defensive tackle … No. 2 in the final 2015 A-List … honorable mention Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State team … participated in the 2014 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … coached by William Smith at Shades Valley High School … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida State, Clemson and Georgia.

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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