Payton Turner
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Turner with the New Orleans Saints in 2021
No. 98 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1999-01-07) January 7, 1999 (age 23)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Westside (Houston)
College:Houston (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:12
Sacks:1.0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Payton Turner (born January 7, 1999) is an American football defensive end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Houston and was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school career

Turner grew up in Houston, Texas and attended Westside High School, where he played basketball and football.[1]

College career

Turner was a member of the Houston Cougars for four seasons, starting his final three years.[2] He was a member of the Cougars' pass rush rotation during his freshman year and finished the season with 14 tackles, one sack and one interception.[3] His sophomore season ended prematurely due to a foot injury.[4] As a senior, Turner was named second team All-American Athletic Conference after recording 25 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, with five sacks in five games played, missing two games due to injury and opting out of the New Mexico Bowl.[5][6] After the season, Turner played in the 2021 Senior Bowl.[7]

College statistics
Year GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2017 8 10 4 14 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2018 11 21 21 42 3.5 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
2019 12 20 13 33 7.5 3.5 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
2020 5 17 8 25 10.5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Bench press
6 ft 5+38 in
(1.97 m)
270 lb
(122 kg)
35 in
(0.89 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.31 s 7.01 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
23 reps
All values from Pro Day[8][9][10]

Turner was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (28th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.[11] He signed his four-year rookie contract with New Orleans on June 8, 2021.[12]

On November 11, 2021, Turner was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.[13]

References

  1. ^ "After interception, true freshman ready to make his mark". 27 September 2017.
  2. ^ Baydoun, Darin Alexander (February 17, 2021). "NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Payton Turner". SI.com.
  3. ^ "Food for thought: How UH's Payton Turner bulked up". Houston Chronicle. August 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "UH defensive lineman Payton Turner out for the season". Houston Chronicle. November 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "UH's Payton Turner shows versatility at Senior Bowl". Houston Chronicle. February 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "UH defensive end Payton Turner opting out of New Mexico Bowl". San Antonio Express-News. December 14, 2020.
  7. ^ "Payton Turner steals show at UH's pro day". Houston Chronicle. April 10, 2021.
  8. ^ "Payton Turner Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  9. ^ "New Orleans Saints select Houston defensive end Payton Turner with the No. 28 pick in 2021 draft". NFL.com. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Payton Turner, Houston, DE, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  11. ^ NFL Media (April 29, 2021). "Saints select Payton Turner with the No. 28 pick in 2021 draft". NFL.com.
  12. ^ "Saints Sign Entire Draft Class, Restructure Marshon Lattimore".
  13. ^ Alper, Josh (November 11, 2021). "Saints put Payton Turner on IR, activate Nick Vannett". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.