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  • DT Stephen Paea, Oregon St

    Not a lot of people seem to be talking about Stephen Paea, I am curious why.

    He has awesome strength, is very quick and mobile, has been very productive ( his 19.5 career sacks rank third on the Beavers' career list), seems to have a great attitude/work ethic and is still learning the game.

    This guy is on the Lombardi, Outland and Nagurski watch lists.

    why aren't people talking about him much?

  • #2
    I'm talking about him. He's a beast. If he started working on his pass rush moves, hed be unstoppable. He's got brute natural strength.


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    • #3
      At this point I'd have to say he's the best pure UT prospect in the draft.

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      • #4
        I mentioned this in my mock that I posted a few months back, but Paea is my bet to be the first defensive tackle off the board and I could easily see him going top 15. He's got great functional strength and he'll show it at the combine, a great build, and was a real force for that Beaver defense last year.

        He's not the most visible guy right now, but he will be fairly soon. In a group of defensive tackles plagued by tweeners (Heyward, Bailey, Crick) and underachievers (Austin), all Paea is lacking is exposure.

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        • #5
          lacking exposure meaning being a rd 1 pick on every media board in the world. You really think you found this guy or hes underrated or unknown?

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          • #6
            At first glance he kinda reminds me of Jesse Mahelona. Lots of people said he was a late first round prospect going into his senior season and he ended up going on day 2. We'll see though. I honestly don't know much about him.
            Credit to BoneKrusher for the Sig
            RIP themaninblack

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            • #7
              I've loved him since the first time i saw him play last year. The man is a beast.He's a little on the shorter side, but he is so quick and plays with such good leverage that IMO he can play in any system.

              People are giong to talk about, because he is short, he wont be able to play the 3-4 DE spot, but i really think that he's quick and powerfull enough to get into solid position against the taller OT/OG's, let alone their going to have to sink to his level at 6'1" or 6'2" which is going to be really hard for 6'5"-6'8" guys.

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              • #8
                Can he play nose tackle? if so im certainly interested. if not, hes just another 4-3 dt and you really dont need those to be great to win.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by VoodooMonkey View Post
                  At first glance he kinda reminds me of Jesse Mahelona. Lots of people said he was a late first round prospect going into his senior season and he ended up going on day 2. We'll see though. I honestly don't know much about him.
                  He was an absolute beast in his junior year.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bce View Post
                    Can he play nose tackle? if so im certainly interested. if not, hes just another 4-3 dt and you really dont need those to be great to win.
                    He might be able to, but his better fit in the 3-4 is at DE. But he certainly does have the quickness, strength and leverage to succeed at NT.

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                    • #11
                      he doesnt really fit at 3-4 de. not a lot of 6 310 lb 3-4 des out there.

                      If hes a strong and stout as they say nose tackle could be a nice spot, if hes able to handle that spot. he looks a lot more like casey hampton than aaron smith.

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                      • #12
                        One of my favorite prospects in the draft. 1st round talent but may fall to early to mid second due to team need/ position. As mentioned before, you don't need an elite UT to be great. He's big, quick, and productive. He may lack exposure to the average fan but if you're on a site like this, you should see his name quite frequently in the coming months.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bce View Post
                          he doesnt really fit at 3-4 de. not a lot of 6 310 lb 3-4 des out there.

                          If hes a strong and stout as they say nose tackle could be a nice spot, if hes able to handle that spot. he looks a lot more like casey hampton than aaron smith.
                          I guess. He for sure doesnt have the prototyipical build for a 3-4 DE. I guess he could be used as a 1 gap NT who you could shift all over the line in certain situations and in certain packages.

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                          • #14
                            i 'll surely be watching for nose tackle ability, if he shows it hes worthy of a high pick. If hes just another sedrick ellis then he's not.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tjsunstein View Post
                              One of my favorite prospects in the draft. 1st round talent but may fall to early to mid second due to team need/ position. As mentioned before, you don't need an elite UT to be great. He's big, quick, and productive. He may lack exposure to the average fan but if you're on a site like this, you should see his name quite frequently in the coming months.
                              You are sounding like bce here. You don't need an elite anything besides quarterback to win, so this argument is stupid. UTs go high all the time...

                              Bonekrusher.

                              Originally posted by JordanTaber
                              Football...it's rocket surgery now, folks.

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