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Oregon State DT Stephen Paea Puts On A Show At NFL Combine

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The first week Scott Pioli was on the job as GM of the Kansas City Chiefs, he said the following:

"We're going to build a big, strong, smart, fast, tough, disciplined football team and we're going to do that by going out and finding big, strong, smart, fast, tough, disciplined football players."

Since then he's said variations of basically the same thing. When asked specifically about being big or being strong or being smart, he says it's just one piece of the puzzle.

I wonder how much of an emphasis he puts on strong players. If so, he's probably already heard that Stephen Paea, 6'1, 303 pound defensive tackle out of Oregon State, put up 49 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

NFL Network is saying it's a record. Others say that may not actually be the record. Either way, though, it shows Paea's brute strength. Whether he can use it on the field is one thing but that he has that kind of ceiling, strength wise, catches your eye.

ESPN's Mel Kiper had Paea going to Kansas City with the 21st pick in a January mock draft and predicted that Paea would "do a number" on the bench-press. Clearly, he was right.

Of course, as one Calgary reader points out, being strong doesn't necessarily translate into being good. As Pioli says, t's just one piece of the puzzle.

(H/T TigerPride)