Draft Profile: Payne Durham, TE, Purdue


The 2023 NFL offseason is here and that means it’s time for mock drafts, draft profiles and everything that goes with them. So without further ado, here’s one of many Draft Profiles for the 2023 NFL draft.

Payne Durham, TE, Purdue

HT: 6’6
WT: 253 lbs


• Named Academic All-Big Ten
• Named All-Big Ten honorable mention by coaches
• Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree



• Gets a quick release off the line. Dips his shoulder and shows some savvy 8 as a route runner to avoid contact with defenders g to get into his route.
• A fluid mover capable of creating some separation over the middle of the field, Durham has the long arms and soft hands to provide a sizable catch radius.
Durham has soft hands and uses his frame effectively to shield defenders, making him a major threat in the red zone. Durham can also turn upfield and break a tackle.
• Looks to get involved downfield and will block multiple defenders on a single play when he can. Understands his role as a blocker.
• Knee-bend and technique are good and he shows decent power when his hands hit the target.
• His long arms allow him to play bigger than his size, and he has a frame that can carry a little more weight.


• His ability to track the ball is good enough, but Durham too often let the ball get into his body downfield rather than snatching it with his hands.
• Whilst he is at his best running downfield, he lacks the elite top-end speed or acceleration to be a field stretcher.
• Durham won’t threaten the top of the defense.


As a junior in 2021 he played 12 games and hauled in 45 catches for 467 yards for an average of 10.4 yards per catch, with 6 TDs, and an elite QB rating when targeted of 118.4. As a pass blocker he gave up 4 pressures and no sacks.

As a senior in 2022 he played 13 games and had 56 catches for 560 yards for an average of 10.0 yards per catch, 8 TDs, and an elite QB rating when targeted of 116.8. In pass protection he gave up 4 pressures and 2 sacks.

Information in this article first appeared on NFL Draft Buzz and is used with permission. Find the latest coverage, analysis, and player rankings for the 2023 NFL Draft at nfldraftbuzz.com


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