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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Atlanta Falcons Select DT Da’Ron Payne at No. 26

The Falcons aim to improve their run defense.

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With the 26th pick of the 2018 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select...

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

The selection and write-up were made by BrianB77:

Choosing in the late 20’s is generally a sign of having a pretty good football team. Even good football teams however, have areas that can be improved with high quality first round draft picks. The position the Falcons can get the most impact from is DT. Being the best DT still remaining on the board makes my choice Da’Ron Payne from Alabama. Payne is a very strong and athletic tackle who excelled as a run stopper. His impressive run stopping ability will make an immediate impact on the Falcons D-Line. He will occupy blockers and free up space for Atlanta’s linebackers.

A fair question is if his pass rushing ability is good enough to make him a three down player and justify his first round selection. He flashed his best pass rushing potential on college football’s biggest stage. He was named defensive player of the game for both of Alabama’s playoff games. He was a respected leader of a team that won two National Championships in three years. He carries himself as a professional with a strong work ethic who showed much improvement in his pass rushing from his Sophomore to his Junior years. He is also young at 20 years of age and has tremendous potential to further build and refine his pass rushing. If he can fulfill this potential he will become a fearsome defender teams will have to scheme against and fans will see in multiple Pro Bowls.

Pokorny: “In a division with two other really good rushing teams, I like the decision here for Atlanta to focus on improving an already-decent run defense.”

The New Orleans Saints are up next, led by Legoman0721.

2018 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Cleveland Browns Grimflick QB Lamar Jackson
2 New York Giants Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Baker Mayfield
3 New York Jets jclark22 DE Bradley Chubb
4 Cleveland Browns Keyser Sozze CB Denzel Ward
5 Denver Broncos poultman RB Saquon Barkley
6 Indianapolis Colts Browns95 OG Quenton Nelson
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ezweav DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
8 Chicago Bears Ostate84 LB Tremaine Edmunds
9 San Francisco 49ers Mudville DE Marcus Davenport
10 Oakland Raiders makeaplay59 LB Roquan Smith
11 Miami Dolphins Swagnasty QB Josh Rosen
12 Buffalo Bills GratefulDawg QB Sam Darnold
13 Washington Redskins Maul Poleski S Derwin James
14 Green Bay Packers Darth_Batman DE/OLB Harold Landry
15 Arizona Cardinals Brocolis154033 QB Josh Allen
16 Baltimore Ravens Fluke_on_target WR Calvin Ridley
17 Los Angeles Chargers Crawford_T DT Vita Vea
18 Seattle Seahawks OhioCityBrownsBeliever CB Mike Hughes
19 Dallas Cowboys Topanga Jeff OG Will Hernandez
20 Detroit Lions clefan4lif DT Taven Bryan
21 Cincinnati Bengals Robo Dawg OG Isaiah Wynn
22 Buffalo Bills a2342432a WR Christian Kirk
23 New England Patriots unoservix OT Kolton Miller
24 Carolina Panthers mrwhitman WR D.J. Moore
25 Tennessee Titans troy145 DE/OLB Arden Key
26 Atlanta Falcons BrianB77 DT Da'Ron Payne
27 New Orleans Saints Legoman0721 LB Lorenzo Carter
28 Pittsburgh Steelers xfl2001fan LB Leighton Vander Esch
29 Jacksonville Jaguars kizer america LB Rashaan Evans
30 Minnesota Vikings pt_999 OT Mike McGlinchey
31 New England Patriots Matt Wood TE Mike Gesicki
32 Philadelphia Eagles Adam Rice OT Connor Williams
33 Cleveland Browns fjblessi DT Maurice Hurst
34 New York Giants anthszabo RB Derrius Guice
35 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 DE Sam Hubbard