Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL draft positional series: Pass rushers

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Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Kwity Paye (19) Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /

811. . . . Kwity Paye. 1. player

I believe most Dallas Cowboys fans are off of the Kwity Paye train simply because they have not yet recovered from this team drafting a previous Wolverine in the first round. That is a mistake I initially made when talking about Paye.

Kwity Paye is a totally different player than the afore referenced Taco Charlton but before we get into the NFL stuff, it is hard not to fall in love with how Kwity Paye came to our great country. Paye’s family was lucky enough to survive a civil war but what isn’t lucky is his hard work and determination.

A person’s childhood often shapes that individual into what he could become and if that is true with Paye, the NFL team that drafts him is getting a gritty survivor who does everything and anything he can do to fit in.

That is a huge reason why I have Kwity Paye as my number one defensive end prospect. Paye is an explosive ball of power who gives relentless pursuit each and every minute of the game. His pass-rush arsenal is limited to the bull rush but I would imagine he will develop more moves with his new team.

Paye on film leaves things to be desired as his awareness of the game has to improve. He has more of a short choppy rush and will have to learn to take bigger strides when turning the corner. Scouts could fall in love with his motor and his willingness to do everything that is asked of him but my number one defensive end could have a future on the inside.

Paye could help a few teams generate a pass rush from up the middle as his tenacity, motor, and bull rush would probably be a problem for a large portion of guards already in the NFL. His natural stance almost always allows him to win the leverage battle.

Paye with the Dallas Cowboys would be a rotational player on the edge but could be an inside rusher on obvious passing downs. Standing at six-foot-two and a half and weighing 260-pounds, Paye has a different body mold when compared to the other defensive ends.

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He has more of a compact build rather than the typical long-limbed striders we are accustomed to seeing. His natural instincts need attention and he is slow when reading screens and misdirection but Paye comes across to me as the type of hard-working individual that will work on his craft as long as it takes in order to achieve his goal.

If Paye perfects a couple of more pass rush moves and learns how to properly turn the edge en route to the quarterback, watch out NFL.