Welcome back for a look at my 2021 NFL Draft Kwity Paye Profile! Get to know another one of the exciting prospects entering this year's NFL Draft in Michigan's Defensive Lineman Kwity Paye! In a rather ambiguous DL draft class let's see if we can pinpoint if Kwity Paye is the future star of this class at the EDGE position!
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We're going to dive on into Kwity Paye and take a look at his college production, tape, and make some projections on him in terms of his draft stock and what I think his IDP Production might look like in his rookie year! Let's go!
2021 NFL Draft Kwity Paye Profile
Kwity Paye is a pretty interesting prospect, with a very different path to the NFL. He was born in a refugee camp in Guinea during the First Liberian Civil War. He emigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was just six months old, and later was named the 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year in Rhode Island, before ultimately committing to Michigan.
It's been quite the journey for Paye and his family, and now he's set to realize a lifelong dream.
In his Freshman Year Paye only played in 2 games, registering 4 Assisted Tackles, 1.5 Tackles for loss, and 1 Sack.
As a Sophomore Paye recorded 27 Tackles (21 Solo), 5.5 Tackles for Loss, 2 Sacks, 1 Pass Defensed, 1 Forced Fumble across 10 Games.
In his Junior Season Paye accrued 50 Tackles (26 Solo), 12.5 Tackles for Loss, and 6.5 Sacks in 12 Games.
As a Senior Paye recorded 16 Tackles (12 Solo), 4 Tackles for Loss, and 2 Sacks across 4 Games.
Total Stats: 28 Games, 97 Tackles (59 Solo), 23.5 Tackle for Loss, 13.5 Sacks, 1 Pass Defensed, 1 Forced Fumble
So my big takeaways for Kwity Paye is his lack of impact plays outside of Tackles for Loss and Sacks. I really like to see stats recorded in other categories. As an IDP Asset you want a guy that's making plays and impacting the game. Impact plays are a great way for a DL to rack up points without always having to get after the Quarterback.
The other trend I noticed (albeit only a season-long trend), is that in his Junior Season he barely had more Solo Tackles than Assisted Tackles. In my opinion, players with significantly more Solo Tackles than Assisted Tackles shows that a player can be the first player to the ball carrier, and/or can make tackles without the assistance of teammates.
I will note the rest of his Collegiate Career he didn't really have an issue with this, and the year he did he logged quite a few Tackles for Loss. This plays to the narrative that it's likely he was a part of gang tackling in the backfield where instead of not recording a stat, he got involved and added an Assisted Tackle as opposed to being unable to tackle or be the first man to the ball. Which almost plays as more of a positive.
Tale of the Tape
Diving into his tape answered all the questions I had about his tackle ability. It's clear to me that as he is today, he's much more geared to defending the run. The way he not only sets an edge but SETS AN EDGE is impressive. He sets it and not only takes away a hole for the ball carrier, but he's also freed up and ready to make a tackle if the ball carrier comes his way.
Now what's interesting is the fact that the way he wins in defending the run does not translate to him winning in pass-rush situations. The same hands that would fight off blockers and move people, just seem idle, and it's almost as if he's just running into people with his body instead of utilizing his strength and tools to win at the point of attack.
To me, he can be coached. But he needs a coach or defensive coordinator that can instill those pass-rushing elements to his game. He needs some development but when you have the tools, it just needs to be taught to him.
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In my opinion, Kwity Paye is a first-round talent. Particularly due to the fact that he's an EDGE and those are particularly valuable in the first rounds of drafts. Now he doesn't garner a high pick due to his lack of college production, and the fact he isn't a finished project. I like him in the middle of the first round. Between positional value and player value, this makes the most sense to me.
My favorite landing spot for him is the Los Angeles Chargers at pick 13. What better place to land than with Defensive Wizard and new Head Coach Brandon Staley. Line him up across from Joey Bosa, let him cover the run and work to improve his pass rush game in 1-on-1 matchups all year long. Kwity Paye to the Chargers is becoming a mock lock for me, and just makes too much sense.
When it comes to his IDP Production as a rookie I'm not overly optimistic. His ability to contribute to run defense is absolutely a benefit. But his pass rush game needs work.
If he's only going to net you Tackles, Tackles for Loss and less than five Sacks, he's not going to be very valuable to you as an IDP Asset in his Rookie Season.
Like we discussed he hasn't shown the ability to rack up those auxiliary stats that will really pump up his value. Now can that change? Absolutely. But more often than not players just have that knack to make plays on the ball.
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All in all, I like Kwity Paye, and if he can go to a team that will be able to develop him I think he'll be a great player in this league. But there's always a chance he doesn't get the development he needs and ends up a disappointment.
Thanks so much for checking out my 2021 NFL Draft Kwity Paye Profile! I hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to check back for more player profiles, and do me a solid and follow me on Twitter @BobVan_IDP, my DMs are always open and I'm ready to talk football anytime! Much Love, -BV