Sacramento State, CB Anthony Payne answers questions below.
Scott Porter: Who is Anthony Payne?
Anthony Payne: Anthony Payne is a guy born and raised in San Diego. I am a huge family man and athletes run in my family. I’ve played football since I was 7 and am extremely passionate about it.
Scott Porter: What was it like playing college football with your twin brother, Nick?
Anthony Payne: It was awesome. Having been able to play on the same teams as him in pop warner and high school was a lot of fun but doing that at the D1 level was special for sure.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football strengths?
Anthony Payne: I would say press coverage. I played a lot of it in college so I am comfortable at it. I also like to use my height and length to my advantage to help me challenges receiver’s routes. Also, I feel like I am able to do what a lot of corners struggle at which is trust myself to turn and look for the ball when in position on deep routes.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Anthony Payne?
Anthony Payne: They would be getting a hardworking, hungry playmaker who loves the game of football. I also pride myself in being a great teammate and will do whatever it takes to help my team win.
Scott Porter: What do you enjoy most about playing the defensive back position?
Anthony Payne: I love causing turnovers and frustrating receivers. I have played DB my whole life and understand the position very well. I just love to compete and love the challenge of one on one matchups.
Scott Porter: How do you think coming from a smaller school may have benefitted you?
Anthony Payne: Playing at a smaller school benefitted me by simply making me work harder. I was entitled to nothing at Sac State and had to earn my job each year. Also, playing at a small school there is obviously less hype so it allowed me to stay focused on my goal which is to play in the NFL.
Scott Porter: What is your favorite football memory?
Anthony Payne: My favorite football memory is probably winning my last home game at Sac State on senior night. I played very well and the game came down to the final seconds, it was a great time and I’ll always remember that.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football accomplishments?
Anthony Payne: I would say receiving a full ride to Sacramento State, and being a 4-year starter.
Scott Porter: How do you think you can separate yourself from a lot of the other defensive back in this draft class?
Anthony Payne: I believe my size and length can separate myself from guys in this class. Being 6’1″ 196lbs I am considered a big corner and tall long corners are at a high demand in the NFL these days so I believe I can definitely use that to distance myself from other DB’s.