Draft Profile: Edge Payton Turner, Houston

Steve Johnson

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Pos. Edge
Ht. 6’5″
Wt. 268
Class. 4SR
College. Houston

2017: 11 games. 14 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 pass break up
2018: 11 games. 42 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 4 pass break ups
2019: 12 games. 33 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 4 pass break ups
2020: 5 games. 25 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 FF
Misc. Stats. Blocked a punt and returned it 27 yards in 2018

Accolades. 2020 Second team All-AAC

Injury History. Missed most of Senior season in High School with a knee injury. Suffered a foot injury in 2018.

History. Two-star recruit from Houston. 2016 District 18-6A First Team at Westside High School, where he also played basketball. Participated in the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Strengths: Looks the part, with incredible length (35″ arms). Good, explosive get off. Long, first step. Large and heavy hands. Can jar tackles off balance with power. Can convert speed to power. Surprisingly good bend and hips for his size. Unbelievable tackle radius. Team captain.

Weaknesses: Plays too upright. Needs to play with better balance. Instincts and awareness are a work in progress, still a bit raw. Needs to have a plan of attack. Non-existent counter moves at times. Injury concerns dating back to high school.

Overview: Long limbed strongside end in a 4-3, that could also be viewed as a 5T if he packed on some lbs. He’s a better athlete than you’d expect from a guy that size. He’s a bit of a lame bloomer, with plenty of upside. He’s not going to make it out of day two. He’s a future top end starter, that can be used inside on passing downs.

Evaluation based on. UCF 20′, Tulane 20′, BYU 20′

Draft Projection: Early to Mid Day Two

Draft Grade: 5.75

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