With The 53rd Pick The Chicago Bears Select…Stephen Paea
The Bears traded up to get a big defensive tackle that will help plug some holes on defense. Stephen Paea from Oregon State is considered the seventh best defensive tackle and the Bears traded their No. 62nd and No. 127th picks with the Redskins to get him.
So, you know the Bears wanted to get Paea, who broke an NFL Combine record by doing 49 bench press reps at 225 lbs. Paea is a 6’1″ DT who weighs about 303 lbs. Paea will mix in well with Henry Melton, Matt Toeaina and Anthony Adams. The Bears have gone by need with their first two picks, OT and DT.
I like these two picks. Gabe Carimi has endless potential and Paea has a endless motor. Analysts say he would be best as a three-technique lineman and that was what the Bears were looking for. Rumor has it the Bears considered taking Paea at No. 29 last night if Gabe Carimi wasn’t available.
Paea fell in the draft because he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during Senior Bowl practice in January. He wasn’t able to run at the NFL Combine. At the end of March, Paea said he his knee was 85-90 percent healthy. Let’s hope he is healthy we don’t want another injury prone DT like Tommie Harris.
The Bears certainly have done well with their first two picks. I give them an A on their first-round pick with Carimi and a B- on their second round pick with Paea. Lets see what who the Bears scoop up at No. 93.
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