2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

by Cory J. Bonini on March 24, 2011 @ 04:15:04 PDT

 


Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea awaits the 2011 NFL Draft following his career-best effort as a senior.

In 2010, Paea logged 45 total tackles and 6.0 sacks. He produced 7.0 total sacks in the two previous seasons and was involved in 82 combined stops.

Strengths

  • Raw strength - set NFL Scouting Combine record with 49 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press
  • Stout against the run
  • Build for plugging the middle (6-foot-1 1/4, 303 pounds)
  • Good initial burst
  • Stephen Paea, draft prospect
    Stout run stuffer
    Regularly requires two blockers
  • Hustles to the ball carrier
  • Great leverage
  • Explosive tackler in short range
  • Plays through pain and injury
  • High level of effort
  • Respected team leader

Weaknesses

  • Not much of a pass rusher
  • Lacks lateral agility
  • Doesn't disengage very well - needs to improve his hands
  • Recovering from knee surgery in January
  • Lacks system versatility - strictly a 4-3 tackle

Expected draft placement

Paea's raw strength and robust stature should make him a late first-round pick or early second-rounder in April's draft. He could draw interest as early as the Indianapolis Colts (No. 22), but we feel the Cleveland Browns (No. 37) could use their second-round choice on him if the team misses out on a prominent first-round option at the position. 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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