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No. 6 Da’Ron Payne, DT Alabama

One scout estimated he’d go between 25 and 45 in the draft. A pure nose tackle, Payne’s production has been modest this season as he has just one sack. The NFL will overlook that: “Down there, those frontline guys play in waves and rotate,” said a scout. “The paper production is misleading; most teams won’t view it as a concern.”

Top NFL prospects playing in CFP title game

How many players in Monday’s championship game will we see on NFL Sundays? Pete Thamel breaks down the six prospects with the best next-level potential (and gives a bonus couple RBs that we’ll definitely see in the league).