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Mr. Goosemahn
08-18-2010, 02:24 PM
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Anthony Castonzo - http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41929
Greg Romeus - http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41940
Von Miller - http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2238637
Mike Pouncey - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41959
Allen Bailey - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41971
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Prince Amukamara - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42000
Gabe Carimi - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42014
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DeAndre McDaniel - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42063
A. J. Green - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42070
Jonathan Baldwin - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42075
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Bruce Carter - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42108
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Kyle Rudolph - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42196
Ryan Mallett - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42210
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Evan Royster - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42240
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DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State
6'1 - 311 - Senior

Highlights!

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44 reps at 225 lbs (bench press)
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Very strong, as seen in the vid above, and this shows on the field. Constantly making plays, smart and humble player, gets penetration, takes on double teams and can still work around them, breaks plays up in the backfield. Used to be a rugby player so he's better than other DT's at moving around and running, kind of how Ngata was (though he's huge).

Definitely fits a 4-3 defense well. Have to watch him more to see if he fits as a 3-4 NT. Many people have him as a 1-2 round prospect, but I think Paea could be this years version of Tyson Alualu. Though not necessarily a top ten pick, just higher than expected.

princefielder28
08-18-2010, 02:33 PM
He's a gamer and you can't have too many of those on your football team...he's proven himself on the field and has some flexibility when it comes to schemes, easily a first rounder

Razor
08-18-2010, 03:02 PM
I think the Alualu comparison is spot on. He should be a first rounder if he keeps playing as he has. His best fit though looks like 4-3 UT, he could be special under the right circumstances.

JHL6719
08-18-2010, 03:36 PM
Strength is off the charts and quickness for a man that size is incredible.... once he decides he's going to get in the backfield, you're not stopping him with one blocker... it's not even a contest... you have to double team him.

The only issues I see with him is he plays a little undisciplined and can only play one-gap... he's not a nose tackle IMO....

...and he misses a lot of tackles that should be tackles...

Good player with tools and upside... just needs some coaching on technique and playing more disciplined....

BeerBaron
08-18-2010, 06:37 PM
I think the Alualu comparison is spot on. He should be a first rounder if he keeps playing as he has. His best fit though looks like 4-3 UT, he could be special under the right circumstances.


Good player with tools and upside... just needs some coaching on technique and playing more disciplined....

My thoughts mirror both of these pretty well. Could possibly be a penetrating 3-4 NT in the mold of Jay Ratliff in the right scheme too, though I don't think it would be the best utilization of his talents.

Could easily work his way into the top half of the first round with a good season. Can never have too many pass rushers, and to get a DT who collapse the pocket right up the middle would be a great addition for any team.

Hurricanes25
08-18-2010, 06:49 PM
My thoughts mirror both of these pretty well. Could possibly be a penetrating 3-4 NT in the mold of Jay Ratliff in the right scheme too, though I don't think it would be the best utilization of his talents.


Exactaly. I really don't think he fits in a 3-4 unless it's a scheme like Dallas' where he could play the nose and every once in a while move out to end. He's a little bit short to play DE in more conventional 34 schemes. With that being said, a 4-3 team should be all over him in the middle/late first round.

AntoinCD
08-19-2010, 02:55 AM
I think he would be ok in an attacking 30 front where he is asked to penetrate from either the end or NT position. Dallas, SD, Arizona etc would all be good fits from this point. However teams like New England, Miami etc who play a more traditional 2 gap defense wouldn't suit at all. I think as was mentioned above though his best fit comes as a penetrator in a 43 defense.

wicket
08-19-2010, 03:08 AM
like him on my saints

FUNBUNCHER
08-19-2010, 10:48 AM
I think a good D coordinator tweaks their defense to take advantage of Paea's ability to penetrate.

Paea is avery thing Austin was supposed to be, and right now he's one of my favorite defensive prospects.

Dallas has the perfect scheme for a player with Paea's talents; put him over the nose and let the center/guard prove they can stop him from getting upfield.

The shortest line to the QB is over the center, and if your nose is a special kind of athlete, I say let him attack and make the LBs cover the gaps he leaves exposed.

A Perfect Score
08-21-2010, 09:51 AM
This guy is such a beast. The more I see of him, the more I like him. He's gunna absolutely blow up the combine and post-season workouts...I don't think Top 15 is out of the question if a team thinks he fits them schematically.