There weren’t many players keeping the Indianapolis Colts from trading out of the No. 21 overall pick, but former Michigan edge rusher Kwity Paye was certainly one of them.
With a massive need to add some talent and upside to the edge of the defensive line, Paye was an easy pick for the Colts. He was the highest player on the board for Chris Ballard, and it winds up being the best pick for the team at No. 21, especially with how he will fit on the Colts defense.
Here’s a look at how Twitter reacted to the pick:
New Colts pass rusher Kwity Paye telling his mother that she’s done working and will be retiring is an amazing moment pic.twitter.com/Bti1MHWBmn
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 30, 2021
Love love love this Kwity Paye pick by the @Colts . I thought Darrisaw was going to be the pick but this was another need for my squad.
— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) April 30, 2021
Kwity Paye was a Blue Star prospect. One of the best fits in the draft for #Colts:
• Team Captain
• Freakish Athleticism (9.33 RAS)
• A+ Character Traits
Indy just hit a massive home run. pic.twitter.com/8tKzv5Qdfe
— Locked On Colts Podcast (@LockedOnColts) April 30, 2021
KWITY PAYE – MICHIGAN
87.1 pass-rush grade
22 QB pressures across 138 snaps
No. 1 EDGE defender on the PFF Big Board pic.twitter.com/oKX0G3nXA3
— PFF IND Colts (@PFF_Colts) April 30, 2021
One thing the Colts are banking on: Brian Baker, their DL coach, will help Kwity Paye develop his pass rush repertoire.
Baker was huge in the development of Grover Stewart and Tyquan Lewis in his first year with the Colts in 2020.
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) April 30, 2021
Hello Colts fans (you just got the best pass-rusher in the draft) https://t.co/YhgsJUnioG
— Justis Mosqueda (System Fit) (@JuMosq) April 30, 2021
Kwity Paye still sitting there. All I watched is the edge guys for a little. He jumped out relative to the other guys. Got some real juice as a RUSHER.
— baseball knowing king chris long (@JOEL9ONE) April 30, 2021
Colts get a steal at 21 in Michigan DE Kwity Paye. Buy stock in that kid. Unbelievable life story. And a lot of upside athletically.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 30, 2021
#Colts had to get one of the best edge rushers in this class. Kwity Paye will make a great addition to the defensive front. There is still plenty of talent in this tackle class on Day 2.
— Cody Manning (@CodyTalksNFL) April 30, 2021
Kwity Paye to the Colts at No. 21. First Rhode Islander to go in the first round since the 1930s
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) April 30, 2021
Kwity Paye is here to right all the wrongs done to us by Bjoern Werner.
— Jeremy Stevenson (@MyColtsAccount) April 30, 2021
HAHAHA YOU FOOOLS pic.twitter.com/2oNF2M3rA1
— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) April 30, 2021
This guy is going to be impossible not to root for. https://t.co/y1yzAL1b4u
— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) April 30, 2021
kwity paye’s 3 cone drill..which was faster than tyreek hills. pic.twitter.com/DnnjLVY4b7
— 𝘻𝘢𝘺 (@hiddenzay) January 21, 2021
— BENDY DUDES ONLY!!!!! (@NateKent_) April 30, 2021