2011 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Possibly Selecting DT Stephen Paea

After a killer combine, it’s no surprise that the latest version of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft from SB Nation has Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea rising in draft rankings. The beneficiary this time around is the Kansas City Chiefs, currently sitting at No. 21 in the first round.

Paea set an NFL Combine record on the bench press with 49 reps at 225 pounds, an astounding number that speaks to the sheer strength of the Morris Trophy winner. He’s still raw in the eyes of several scouts and there’s lingering injury concerns that have some worried, but the Combine performance likely outweighed all of those doubts. As Brian Galliford writes:

A meniscus injury has many writing off Paea as a first-round possibility; that is misguided. Paea can flat-out play – and the strength on display in his bench workout has long made him a 3-4 nose possibility. He’s an upgrade over Ron Edwards.

It’s that last line where Galliford is dead-on. The Chiefs are average at best up the middle, which fails to free up your linebackers — the very aim in a 3-4 system. When you have dynamic and athletic talents like Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson available, you have to let them do their job. Paea would accomplish just that.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.