2018: Daron Payne, Washington Football Team
Daron Payne is part of the extremely young defensive line for the Washington Football Team that helped get them to the playoffs and will help turn them into a legitimate playoff team in the coming years… if they can figure out quarterback, of course.
Payne is usually the third player mentioned from that stellar young defensive line. The star of the show is Chase Young, who is a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year-caliber player who is already playing at an insane level in the NFL.
Montez Sweat (2019 first-round pick) is the other big name that most fans think of before arriving on Daron Payne, who has been locking down the defensive tackle position for Washington for the last three seasons.
Payne has not been spectacular, but he has done what he needs to do in this defensive line and has been just fine as a result. He has a combined 10 sacks in three seasons to go along with 166 combined tackles and 16 tackles for a loss.
Like Wilkins, Payne’s value comes in his run defense. He is not one of the best in the league against the run by any stretch, but he certainly is above average and gives Washington a nice dynamic to add to their edge rushers in Young and Sweat.
He is the perfect young defensive tackle for this team and that should be considered a huge win for the Washington Football Team, even if he may never reach a Pro Bowl.