Washington Redskins draft former Alabama star Da'Ron Payne at No. 13

Payne is about to touch down in Washington and help a budding defensive line.

Alabama's former big man on the defensive line is headed for a big payday.

The Redskins entered the three-day draft knowing that they'd have to address their woeful run defense, which finished dead last in the NFL a year ago, surrendering 134.1 rushing yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry (fourth worst in the league).

"That's my guy", Payne said. Jay Gruden and company made a quality selection with this pick. So with an unprecedented four QBs taken in the top 10, some highly regarded players on the defensive side drifted down toward Washington. Payne, for good reason, was one of them.

At 6-foot-3, 311 pounds, Payne ran the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds at the National Football League scouting combine, tied for the fastest time at the combine among players weighing 300 pounds or more.

After missing the playoffs and going 7-9 last season, the Redskins entered the draft with all sorts of areas of need on the roster, but perhaps nothing as pressing as various places on defense and at running back.

Payne has the intangibles you can not teach, and he is one of the hardest workers for an Alabama team that has had the best defense in college football since he has been there. One reason is because that group couldn't stop the run, allowing the fourth-most yards per carry (4.5) and most yards per game (134.1).

While Payne is tremendous against the rush, he does seem to struggle when it comes to the pass.

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