Two other teams, the Jets and the Browns, have been in frequent contact with Payne but haven't scheduled visits yet. Additionally, scouts from the Patriots and the Dolphins showed interest in him during his recent Pro Day, where he impressed those in attendance, especially when he posted a 39-inch vertical jump. That result reinforced one of Payne's strongest traits as a receiver, using his size and leaping ability to his advantage against smaller players in the opponent's secondary.
At his Pro Day, Payne bench-pressed 225 pounds 16 times, ran a 4.17 shuttle and a 6.81 two-cone drill, according to report at GoldenSports.net, our University of Minnesota site at Scout.com. Payne reportedly ran a 4.61 and 4.58 40-yard dash as well.
Currently projected as a late-round pick or priority free agent, Payne's a hard-working possession receiver who has developed strong blocking skills for a player at his position, partially due to the fact that Minnesota has run a fairly conservative, run-oriented offense in recent years.
To learn more about Logan Payne, visit his Player Profile page at Scout.com. And be sure to watch for his two-part interview feature this week at Scout.com.
Here is Scout.com's predraft analysis of Payne:
A hard-working prospect always looking to improve his game, Payne's combination of consistency, effort and instincts give him a chance to make it as a fifth wideout.
Biography: Two-year starter who posted a career-high 59/804/4 last year after 37/529/2 the prior year.
Pos: Strong, sure-handed possession receiver who works hard in all aspects. Comes back into the clearing, uses his frame to shield away defenders and extends to make the tough catch in a crowd. Works to pick up yardage after the reception.
Neg: Marginal playing speed and does not get separation down the field. Not quick running routes.
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