Name: Stephen Paea
College: Oregon State
Draft: 2nd round in 2011, selected 53rd overall by Chicago
Games Studied: 2016, with Cleveland Browns, vs. Philadelphia, Washington, New York Giants
Report: After a four-year stint in Chicago, Paea has made stops in Washington and Cleveland, as well. He had a season for the Bears where he had six sacks. He was listed as a defensive end for the Browns last season, but his true position is as a nose tackle or one-technique.
He has high effort and a good motor. Non-stop when it comes to playing the game. Paea was a rotational player and a backup in Cleveland, playing anywhere from 15 to 25 snaps a game. His physical toughness is outstanding, and he fights to get to the ball – he just doesn’t always finish the play. He can get outside the tackle box. He will chase but just is a step short. He has better short-area quickness than long speed. His body control and balance are good, and he doesn’t get knocked around or moved off the spot much. That’s because he plays with a great deal of power and strength, and he can hold things down at the point of attack. He will help linebackers with his strength and ability to hold up blockers.
That said, there are snaps where he doesn’t find the ball well. The Eagles and Commanders ran some plays that left him searching. He has better pass instincts than run, though he doesn’t show many pass rush moves. The majority of his pressure is when he just uses power and brute strength. But he can be disruptive when he gets off the ball. His feet are really quick for a big man.
Paea played some of his best football for Rod Marinelli while in Chicago -- thus the reason he is here in Dallas.