Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stephen Paea SI Grade 2.94 Grading System

Position: DT
Class: 5Sr
School: Oregon State
Conference: Pac-10
HT: 6-1.5
WT: 303
40 Time: 5.05
Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Voted Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and named to several all-American teams, putting up 45/10/6. Junior numbers included 43/3.5/3 after he had 41/11/5 as a sophomore.

Positives: Explosive, one-gap defensive tackle who plays with great intensity. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with outstanding pad level and gets leverage on opponents. Built low to the ground, keeps his feet driving up the field, and works hard until the whistle blows. Knifes through blocks on the inside, fluid changing direction and displays an array of moves with his hands getting off blocks. Slides laterally down the line to make plays, rarely off his feet, and draws extra attention from opponents.

Negatives: Easily out-positioned or neutralized at the point by a single blocker. Lacks great bulk on the inside. Did not improve as much as a senior as most scouts thought was possible.

Analysis: Paea is a tremendous college defensive lineman who plays with a nonstop motor. Size is a limiting factor yet if put in a position to best use his talents, he will undoubtedly produce at the next level as a starter. He would be best as a three-technique lineman or one-gap tackle.

Projection: 2nd

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