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Stephen Paea (DT)
  • Height:
  • Weight:
    303 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 7/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 in.
  • College:
    Oregon St.
  • Conference:
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Selected by: Chicago Bears
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 21 (53)

Pick Analysis: The Bears find a replacement for Tommie Harris with the addition of Paea. He is a dynamic one-gap penetrator with outstanding strength, power and quickness. He plays with an active motor and adds a disruptive presence to their interior. He gives coach Lovie Smith the active defender in the middle that he needs to make his Tampa-2 scheme work.
Combine Stats
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Paea is a powerful run stuffer that plays angry and should contribute immediately at the next level. He is as strong as an ox and consistently knocks lineman back on their heels. He takes on double teams and is near impossible to move out of the hole. He lacks refined pass rushing skills, but has heavy hands and a good burst to eventually become a weapon on third down. He is still learning the finer points of the game, but he has unparalleled toughness and a tireless work ethic. Paea will likely not last past the middle of the first round.


Paea is thickly built and runs well. Explodes off the ball and has great strength to jar offensive lineman. Uses his powerful hands to control blockers, sheds quickly, and closes fast. Delivers violent shots when tackling. Supremely tough, fights to the whistle every play and has excellent stamina. Gym rat with a great work ethic.


Not big enough to line up on the nose at the next level. Extremely raw as a pass rusher and lacks a repertoire of pass rush moves. A bit stiff in the hips and struggles to break down ball carriers in space. Relatively new to the game of football.




Video Playlist

  1. Bears take Stephen Paea No. 53

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 08:01 p.m.

    2011 HOF inductee Richard Dent announces Oregon State DT Stephen Paea as the Bears' selection with the 53rd overall pick.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 03:59 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea.

  3. Stephen Paea interview

    Published: Feb. 28, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.

    Oregon State DT Stephen Paea discusses setting the combine's bench press record, and the frustrations from his limited participation in the combine due to injury.

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