BTB:Cowboys Senior Bowl Watchlist: Oregon St DT Stephen Paea

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    Cowboys Senior Bowl Watchlist: Oregon St DT Stephen Paea
    by KD Drummond on Jan 27, 2011 2:01 PM CST in Dallas Cowboys 2011 Draft

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    A player that might be on the Cowboys radar is one Stephen Paea out of Oregon State. Considered a defensive tackle prospect of equal value to both a 4-3 and a 3-4 defense, Paea was named to the AP All-American first team for the 2010 NCAA season. He is a two-time Pac-10 Morris Trophy Winner, which is voted on by the league's offensive linemen- so it's pretty obvious that he is the center of opposing teams' schemes week in and week out. He is generally ranked as the third best DT prospect behind Auburn's Nick Fairley and Alabama's Marcell Dareus. What I found very interesting is the fact that Paea (pronounced pie-uh) has very limited organized football experience. He's a former Rugby player that didn't line up for American rules football until his last year in high school.

    Unfortunately, he didn't get a chance to showcase his talents in Mobile, as an injury on Monday has sidelined him from the practice sessions. It appears that he suffered a torn meniscus.

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