Quick Thoughts On New Bucs TE Payne Durham

April 29th, 2023

The Bucs made tight end Payne Durham a late fifth-round pick today.

Well, one thing that jumps out to Joe about this Payne Durham from Purdue, who the Bucs selected in the fifth round, is the guy does not go down easy.

Another thing is he has a nasty stiffarm which he is not afraid to use.

The third is he makes crazy catches. He sort of reminds Joe of Joe Jurevicius, although the old 2002 Bucs hero was much quicker.

Apparently, Durham unafraid to mix in up on the line of scrimmage. He seems to have the raw tools one would look for in a tight end.

A year in an NFL weight room and Joe thinks this Durham might be something.

35 Responses to “Quick Thoughts On New Bucs TE Payne Durham”

  1. HC Grover Says:

    Baby Grounk

  2. HC Grover Says:

    Baby Gronk

  3. DoooshLaRue Says:

    2002 Joe J

  4. Pablo Says:

    He was doing that versus low level competition

  5. D-Rok Says:

    D-Rok Says:
    April 29th, 2023 at 3:39 pm
    Acceptable pick. Dude got open (Wide-open) a lot. Not sure he will be that open in NFL, but against smaller CB’s, he’s a beast and will drag guys.

    He seems to know the open/soft spots in zones, so maybe he will be a legit red-zone target.

    Slow, lumbering, huge, hard to bring down…reminds me of a certain HOF TE the Bucs once had.

    As always, we’ll see what the kid can do.

  6. Buc50 Says:

    He catches with his hands and knows how to use a stiff arm. If he can block, he’ll get some playing time.

  7. D-Rok Says:

    D-Rok Says:
    April 29th, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    I think, IF he makes the team, he will be a decent pairing as a pass-option alongside Cotton. I know it’s Cade Otton, but I call him Cotton.

    Purdham, Cotton and Kiefer. We good at TE. It will at least be a respectable TE room.

  8. Mark Says:

    A touch of Alstott in him

  9. D-Rok Says:

    You know, Joe, I’m really happy with ALL these draft picks. I gave Licht some crap on this forum last year for standing pat while Jensen and Stinnie went down last year, and voiced my frustration regarding the lack of action, but I gotta say, JL is killing this draft, given what he has to work with. Logical and sound picks. Let’s hope the players selected become core players for the Bucs.

    Good job, Bucs! Let’s Go!!!

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wow…..what a highlight reel……the guy looks good….at least on those few plays.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Rumblin’, stumblin’, stiff-armin’…kinda like the Mark Alstott’s of TE’s…

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    Alge Crumpler athleticism

  13. FairMinded Says:

    His highlights at Purdue look awesome! Loving this pick. This dude could be a sleeper

  14. D-Rok Says:

    Trey Palmer, WR, Nebraska just picked.

  15. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    So far it looks like Licht has done his homework.

  16. D-Rok Says:

    Palmer, at Nebraska, was mostly a burner, 9-route kinda guy. Will try to find his stats.

  17. unbelievable Says:

    Get him lined up with a quick catch against a DB and it looks like hell just ragdoll them out of his way.

    Hopefully he can gain some strength for blocking.

  18. D-Rok Says:

    Holy crap, Palmer is a 4.33 guy. 6 feet, 192 pounds. Fat Miller clone?

  19. Dooley Says:

    Payne Durham looks a lot like Cade Otton on tape tbh

  20. D-Rok Says:

    Jose Ramirez, EDGE, Eastern Michigan just picked.

  21. Sl55090 Says:

    Yeah Pablo, I’ve never heard of Nebraska, Maryland or Tennessee either

  22. Joe in Michigan Says:

    A Cam Brate red-zone threat type who can also block? Yes, please!

    Really like this draft, I wanted the Bucs to get an explos!ve pass rusher, and they might have gotten 2. We’ll see.

  23. Oddball Says:

    An Alge Crumpler reference! Good one. Dude was a beast.

  24. Buc4evr Says:

    Looks like he is going to be a red zone threat as he goes up high for the ball and has no fear of safeties,CB’s or LBs in traffic. Not a big blocking TE, but Like this pick.

  25. Jay Says:

    GMs call him a year2 guy, he needs time to develop if he makes the team. Maybe he is a nasty blocker and can tackle for special teams.

  26. teacherman777 Says:

    Big catches at big moments against big teams.

    He has the size and hands.

    Give him two years to physically develop.

    Great pick!

    I’m loving this draft so far.

  27. Stanglassman Says:

    Great in the red zone and in the seams. In a year or two he’s gonna be a very good blocker. Great value for a late 5th rounder.

  28. BigBucFan11 Says:

    Pablo Says:
    April 29th, 2023 at 3:47 pm
    He was doing that versus low level competition
    He went off against Tennessee. Wouldn’t call that low level competition. Even those dudes were having a hard time bringing him down, hanging all over him.

  29. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    LOL damn this guy is running free to the end zone stops to make sure he hits someone before he scores.

    Bucs need some tough guys on the squad. Too many finesse players.

  30. DJB Says:

    A rumblin, stumblin kind of guy as Chris Berman might say. . .

  31. Show Me the TDs Says:

    My son-in-law lives in Lafayette, IN. Huge Purdue fan his entire life. I informed him of the pick. His reply, “He’s a workhorse”.

  32. Crickett Baker Says:

    Loved the highlights! Talk about “angry runs”. It took about 7 guys to get him down. Hope he fares as well in the NFL! Hey hey, Tampa Bay! The Bucs know how to shine!

  33. Bucsfanman Says:

    Fun highlights to watch.

  34. Todd Says:

    Dude looks really fast!

  35. BringBucsBack Says:


    He showed me absolutely nothing in the “celebration” department. No dance, pounding of chest or choreographed hand-slapping. I hate how he just flips the ball to the ref. &/ or just gets up & returns to the huddle or sideline, like he is supposed to or something.