Nick Payne answers some questions below about the upcoming NFL draft and playing college football with his twin brother, Anthony.
Scott Porter: Who is Nick Payne?
Nick Payne: A man of God who was raised right and loves the game of football. I’m a hardworking and self-disciplined individual who also loves to laugh and have fun.
Scott Porter: What was it like playing college football with your twin brother, Anthony?
Nick Payne: It was a lot of fun. We have been playing together since day one so it was pretty normal but being able to see each other make plays at the college level and in big games was the best part.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football strengths?
Nick Payne: I would have to say my size and speed. I’m 6’1 so I’m a longer corner and I like to use my size to my advantage when I make plays on the ball. I also have a long stride so I’m able to make up ground when covering receivers.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Nick Payne?
Nick Payne: They are getting a humble but hard working player who is going to come ready to work every day. They are getting a coachable player who loves to push himself to be the best.
Scott Porter: What do you enjoy most about playing the defensive back position?
Nick Payne: I love competing. Being a defensive back you get to go against some of the most athletic players on the field every single game. Shutting receivers down and making plays is what makes playing DB fun.
Scott Porter: What is the toughest challenge playing the defensive back position?
Nick Payne: I would have to say staying mentally tough. Playing defensive back, you have to know how to flush a bad play if you get beat and be locked in for the next play. Sometimes that’s easier said than done but that’s something I was able to master in college.
Scott Porter: What was your overall experience at Sacramento State like?
Nick Payne: Overall, it was a great experience, they were one of the only schools who offered me a scholarship so I am thankful for that. I dealt with many ups and downs throughout my career but all in all it was a great experience to be able to play D1 football.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Nick Payne: I’m really looking forward to playing against the best of the best. Playing at Sacramento State I was always hyped when we played against the big schools. I’m also looking forward to being coached by the best as well.
Scott Porter: How do you think you can separate yourself from a lot of the other defensive back in this draft class?
Nick Payne: My size. I think being a longer corner will benefit me in the NFL because there aren’t too many corners over 6’1. Having long arms and legs gives me an advantage to make plays compared to other DB’s.
Scott Porter: What is something about your twin brother Anthony, that not many people know?
Nick Payne? Even though almost everything about us is the same he actually weighs more than me. I’m 190lbs he’s 197lbs.