2018 NFL Draft Grades: Redskins get a B for selecting Da'Ron Payne at No. 13
The Redskins snap up a massive presence to add to their defensive line at No. 13
With the No. 13 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected Da'ron Payne, defensive lineman out of Alabama.
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Pete Prisco: They needed to get help up front, and he joins former Alabama teammate Jonathan Allen on that line. Solid move.
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Chris Trapasso: Chiseled defensive tackle who thrives as block-shedding two-gapper. Super strong. Has mastered the technique. Flashed pass-rushing ability with quickness and hand use. Only 20 years old.
Jamey Eisenberg: The Redskins were last in the NFL in run defense last season, so Payne should help the middle of this defense right away. He has minimal Fantasy value in IDP re-draft leagues, and he's only worth a late-round pick in rookie-only drafts for IDP dynasty leagues.
Charlie Potter, BamaOnLine: Payne, a former five-star recruit from Birmingham, Alabama, saw the field very early in his Alabama career, despite several eventual NFL Draft picks already on the Crimson Tide's roster. He didn't fill up the box score as a true freshman -- or really throughout his three-year tenure in Tuscaloosa -- but Payne's ability to draw double teams and ultimately give his teammates opportunities to make plays in the backfield is what made him a valuable asset to Alabama's defense as a true freshman in 2015 and sophomore a season ago. But his role increased each year.
As a junior this past season, Payne no longer had players like Jonathan Allen, Jarran Reed or A'Shawn Robinson to rely on when he needed advice. The weight room warrior found himself as the leader of the defensive line and player the inexperienced players around him looked to for guidance. While he adjusted to that responsibility, Payne continued to be a force at defensive tackle and nose guard. He was named Defensive MVP in Alabama's pair of playoff games and even scored a receiving touchdown out of a jumbo package in the Sugar Bowl.
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