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 Cougars and was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.urner was a member of the Houston Cougars for four seasons, starting his final three years. 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.