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Kwity Paye 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Name: Kwity Paye
Height: 6’2 1/2”
Weight: 261 lbs
Overall Rank: No. 19 overall
Position Rank: EDGE2
Strengths: A 2020 team captain, Paye is an explosive athlete with the strength, burst and agility of an NFL starter. A prospect rooted more in potential than production, Paye was moved around the Michigan defensive line on a matchup basis and has big-time versatility in his game. He’s quick off the line with the lower body twitch needed to beat NFL pass blockers. His short-area quickness, agility, body control and balance as legendary in terms of testing times. He’s a quick mover who can shake blockers in space and has easy moving hips. Paye is loaded with potential that must be developed, which means he could see a role as a situational player early in his career, but there are starter traits here waiting to be unlocked.
Weaknesses: Paye lacks ideal height and length (33” arms) for some schemes. He’s more of an athlete than technician at this point and will need work to become a more refined pass-rusher. Currently he doesn’t flash great hand use or instincts and routinely beats blockers with agility and speed over tools. There is a boom-or-bust factor to Paye because he’s so naturally athletic and gifted but lacks the production or technique to give his game a foundation.
What I Love: College football is loaded with smaller, speedy pass-rushers but it’s rare to find a big boy with the agility and athleticism Paye brings to the table. His power, agility and twitch are high-level starter caliber.
NFL Comparison: Frank Clark
Position Specific Traits:
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Athletic Ability: +++
Pass Rush Power: ++
Pass Rush Speed: ++
Run Support: +