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3 Most Likely Teams to Draft Kwity Paye in 2021 NFL Draft

Max Staley
Three most likely teams to draft Michigan's Kwity Paye in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three most likely teams to draft Michigan's Kwity Paye in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Michigan's Kwity Paye is one of the most intriguing pass-rushing prospects available in the 2021 NFL Draft. Though the class lacks the top-level star power we've seen in recent years, there are plenty of first-round talents on the board.

Paye certainly fits that description. He doesn't have eye-popping production, with 11.5 sacks through four collegiate campaigns, but his athleticism makes him look capable of doing more. He put that on full display at his pro day, running a 4.52 40-yard dash while measuring in as a 6-foot-2, 261-pound DE.

With that in mind, here are the three most likely destinations for Paye in the 2021 NFL Draft.

3. Minnesota Vikings (No. 14)

This is probably Paye's ceiling, though it wouldn't be a complete shock to see him taken before No. 14. But if he's still on the board, the Minnesota Vikings could have a hard time passing him up. The Vikings clearly needed to add another edge defender before the offseason, and the rumors surrounding Danielle Hunter have only emphasized that issue. He'd be a great potential Hunter replacement, and he could also shine bookending the two-time Pro Bowl DE.

2. Miami Dolphins (No. 18)

The Miami Dolphins are likely using the No. 6 selection to bring in some help on the offensive end, so addressing the other side of the ball at No. 18 feels pretty logical. The Fins' biggest needs on the defensive side clearly lie in the front seven, where Miami could really use an elite EDGE. Paye certainly fits the bill. He'd bring some much-needed athleticism and juice to a group that's looking to replace Kyle Van Noy. He could also be in play for another AFC East team, the New York Jets, at No. 23.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 25)

Urban Meyer has been pretty vocal about his desire to build a dominant defensive line. But most of the Jacksonville Jaguars' free-agent additions have been on the secondary, not in the trenches. That makes selecting a pass-rusher at No. 25 feel quite likely. Paye could form a dynamic long-term duo with the 23-year-old Josh Allen off the edge. If he fell to No. 25, the Jags could be getting a real steal.

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