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Kwity Paye

EDGE

Michigan

Strengths 

6'2"

Height

Weight

261

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
36
4.52
Vertical
Broad Jump
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan

Final Grade

8.15

Groin Strain (2020)

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Alabama (2019), Notre Dame (2019), Minnesota (2020), Penn State (2020)

Team Fit

BAL

ATL

TEN

Kwity has solid natural size, strength and enough speed for the position. He has a variety of pass rush moves that have given him success at the collegiate level. He can win with quick rip moves, converting speed to power and even occasionally with speed around the corner. He can really keep lineman on their toes with his good variety of pass rush moves and violent hands. He can set an edge very well of usually doesn't leave until he is sure the play is heading the other way. He can stack and shed well enough to make plays. He typically does a good job keeping his chest clean with active, strong hands.

Weaknessess

When rushing the passer, he doesn't always have a plan of attack and often is not impactful on those plays. Too often is he the last person off of the LOS. He is easily taken out of plays and a non-factor when double teamed. He doesn't have great lower body flexibility and cannot consistently win with speed alone. He takes questionable angles at times and simply chases the ball carrier instead of cutting them off.

Big Picture

Kwity is an exciting prospect as he has clear traits that can contribute immediately at the NFL level but still has a lot of rawness to his game allowing him to have a heigher ceiling than most ofther EDGE defenders in this class. As a run defender, he sets edges extremely well and even breakdowns before pursuit when the play goes away from him to restrict the cutback opportunity. He tends to chase instead of taking proper angles at the ball carrier though. He can stack and shed will enough while having enough length and power combined with active feet and hands to maintain leverage and keep his chest clean from blcokers. He does not have elite speed but has enough speed. As a pass rusher, he shows a good arsenal of rush moves to keep tackles on their toes. He converts speed to power well and, occassionally, can win with pure speed but he does not have elite flexibilty in his lower body and often is slow off of the LOS. He will go into plays without a plan of attack though and sometimes becomes just a body on the field during those plays. He has enough already set to be an impact immediately on the field and still has more upside and his game continues to develop.

Player Comp

Brandon Graham

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

8.35

Lateral Agility
Flexibility
Explosiveness
Playing Strength
Balance
8.5
7.75
8.25
8.75
8.5

Kwity is a well balanced athlete. He is not an elite athlete but he is well rounded and good enough of an athlete to allow him to be dangerous by having the ability to attack in multiple ways. He moves well and shows good flexibility and enough to bend the corner. He has good explosion to quickly put pressure on the OL which he can transfer from speed to power well. He has great balance and rarely ends up on the ground, even while double teamed.

8.1

Pass Rush Ability:

First-Step Quickness
Use of Hands
Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Finish Ability
7.75
8.5
8.5
8
7.75

Big Play Ability

Paye has multiple moves in his pass rush arsenal. His favorite move is the rip move, but he can also try and win with speed and rarely gives up on a play until the whistle blows. He has active, violent hands and uses his eyes well to plan what move he will use to get to the QB. He always seems to have good leverage and if he does not, he will fight for it or try and break free from the block. He has a good set of pass rush moves but needs to focus on always having a rush plan pre-snap and can also add more moves to his belt, like a spin move. He is a decent finish when getting a chance at the QB and takes good angles when the QB escapes the pocket.

Against The Run:

8.05

Kwity is phenomonemal when it comes to setting an edge. He rarely acts without actually seeing the ball and understands where he needs to be to make a play or allow his team to make a play. He is strong enough to stack and shed fairly easily and continue pursuit of the ball carrier. While he plays occasionally inside, it is not his strong suit. He can shoot gaps well enough but is better on the outside forcing plays back inside. He is a strong tackler who rarely will miss or allow the carrier to get free from his grip.

Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Range
Gap Shooting Ability
Tackling
9
8.25
7.5
7.25
8.25

Competitiveness:

8.5

Toughness
Consistency/Motor
Disruption
8.5
8.5
8.5

He is a tough player who rarely misses a play. He is fearless on the field whether he is asked to play inside, outside or even in a 2 point stance. He is consistent overall, but sometimes lacks an attack plan when rushing making him obsolete for the play. His ability allows him to be a constant force for the defense, whether forcing plays back inside or trying to rush the QB.

Intelligence:

8.08

Paye shows pretty good awareness, often seeing befor reacting and attacking. He may not always know the play as it develops but uses his eyes to rarely put himself out of position. He takes good attack angles as well and can be a versatile piece of a defense. He can play on DE, has some experience playing inside and also can be a factor as an edge rusher. He has playing time in each spot while playing at Michigan.

Awareness
Play Recognition
Position Versatility
8
8.25
8