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Drafted By: Browns

Combine Results

Grade
5.15 ?
  • 4.47 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.33 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Bruins' career receptions record holder is a possession receiver in the NFL. He's a safe, underneath target with limited big-play ability. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 207LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Payton finished his career as the UCLA record-holder for career receptions, grabbing 201 passes in his four year on campus. A four-star recruit from famed Oaks Christian High School, he helped his team win two state titles. Payton didn’t take long to make an impact with the Bruins, starting four times as a true freshman (18-202, one TD in 13 games) and 10 times as a sophomore (38-440, one TD). He led the team with 67 catches for 957 yards and seven touchdowns in his second year as a starter in 2014, and upped his game even more last fall (78-1,105 yards, five scores) playing with freshman passer Josh Rosen. The two-time honorable mention All-Pac 12 selection by league coaches also has an entrepreneurial side, as he began Long Awaited clothing line with two friends while in high school.

Analysis

Strengths

Thickly built for a wideout with broad shoulders. Productive target over last two seasons with 145 catches. Works back to the throw. Bodies up smaller corners and keeps them away from the throw. Has strength in his hands to brush away press coverage or latch onto cornerbacks and sustain blocks as a run blocker. Finished 2015 with 14 catches of 25-plus yards.

Weaknesses

Painfully slow in his release and attempt to maneuver around press coverage. Struggles to avoid redirect blows inside of his routes and takes time to gear back up. Needs a long runway to build­up his vertical speed. Doesn't have get­away speed to maintain any separation he creates. Will have to live with contested catch opportunities.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Bottom Line

Payton is a broad-­shouldered "catch what I'm supposed to" type of receiver who has a plus ability to help running games with his blocking, but a lack of speed and athleticism to beat coverage. His size might be too much to pass up on.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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