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Oregon State’s Paea breaks Combine bench press record

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Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea is unable to run or perform on-field drills due to arthroscopic knee surgery underwent in January.  So he had one, solitary focus entering the 2011 Scouting Combine:

Bench press 225 pounds as many times as possible.

Paea more than aced the test, breaking the Combine record with 49 reps of 225. The previous mark was shared by current Giants guard Mitch Petrus, and NFL washouts Leif Larsen and Mike Kudla.

Unlike Larsen and Kudla — who had 45 reps of 225 — Paea can play. He twice won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10′s top defensive lineman, piling up 29.5 career tackles for loss and 14 sacks despite facing constant double teams.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is particularly high on Paea, projecting him as a potential late first-round pick even despite the knee surgery.

Said Mayock of Paea, “His strength in the weight room translates to the football field.”

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25 Responses to “Oregon State’s Paea breaks Combine bench press record”
  1. luckynumberlucas says: Feb 27, 2011 4:04 PM

    Wow.

    49 that is insane.

    I am able to do 10 or maybe 12, but 49?

    Ridiculous…

  2. echoplex89 says: Feb 27, 2011 4:04 PM

    paea?

    like the spanish food dish?

  3. oumoonunit says: Feb 27, 2011 4:11 PM

    I’ll take him.

  4. zackd2 says: Feb 27, 2011 4:11 PM

    “Unlike Larsen and Kudla — who had 45 reps of 225 — Paea can play.”

    “[Prospect name] can play, he won’t be a bust.” – Never heard that one before.

  5. jameswestphal says: Feb 27, 2011 4:17 PM

    W O W. That indicate a high level of physical toughness too. Well done.

  6. skinsdan says: Feb 27, 2011 4:18 PM

    49 times is incredible, considering that those writing these articles probably couldn’t even do it once.

  7. dafixisin says: Feb 27, 2011 4:20 PM

    Wow… that’s big country strength. Put him next to Sedrick Elliss in New Orleans and they’ll shore up the Run D.

  8. skoobyfl says: Feb 27, 2011 4:25 PM

    Go Bills, in the 4th round.

  9. jimmysee says: Feb 27, 2011 4:28 PM

    Packers

  10. fumblenuts says: Feb 27, 2011 4:33 PM

    “He twice won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10′s top defensive lineman, piling up 29.5 career tackles for loss and 14 sacks despite facing constant double teams.”

    “His strength in the weight room translates to the football field.”

    This guy will be the steal of the draft.

    Mark it.

  11. terrellblowens says: Feb 27, 2011 4:59 PM

    Eagles will draft him because he’s short enough to play on their D-Line

  12. im4cincy says: Feb 27, 2011 5:02 PM

    what does strength have to do with football???

  13. brasho says: Feb 27, 2011 5:03 PM

    Again, benching 225 for reps does not show nearly as much a player’s strength as it does his weight room work ethic… and with Paea’s unprecendented mark… I would have to say he works extremely hard in the weight room and he is extremely strong. That is truly an amazing number.

    An interesting note on Larsen. From Norway, he looked very similar to actor Dolph Lundgren. He was nicknamed “Drago”. He came to UTEP as a shot putter, he was a very good athlete, measuring in at 6’5 309 and running a 5.0 40 along with his 45 reps (he actually had 55 reps but had 10 taken away for not going up far enough). Anyway, after the NFL, Larsen took his talents (?) to boxing where for a little while he was fairly successful fighing a bunch of tomato cans.

  14. jstrizzle says: Feb 27, 2011 5:06 PM

    look at him in that picture. I don’t even see a gut on him really. What a beast.

  15. thetooloftools says: Feb 27, 2011 5:23 PM

    PURE STUD.

  16. mataug says: Feb 27, 2011 5:29 PM

    if the Eagles manage to team him with Washburn yikes!

  17. profootballwalk says: Feb 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    Mike Ruth of BC won the Outland trophy – busted up the bench press at the combine, and then was a total bust in the NFL. Stubby little arms. He got away with it in college, but couldn’t get past blockers in the NFL.

    Working hard in the weight room doesn’t translate to the football field. They’re called workout warriors for a reason.

  18. db105 says: Feb 27, 2011 6:00 PM

    Weight lifting strength is only one aspect of judging a prospect. Sounds like he can play well at the college level. No mention of his intelligence. The ability to understand game situations is undervalued by most.

  19. jc1958cool says: Feb 27, 2011 6:33 PM

    can he run and can he get hit in the mouth, without pulling a CUTLER that’s the question!

  20. zackd2 says: Feb 27, 2011 7:03 PM

    “This guy will be the steal of the draft.

    Mark it.”

    And if he’s not, no one will ever remember your “bold” statement.

    Mark it.

  21. imjinbrdgr says: Feb 27, 2011 7:27 PM

    I wonder what the record is for any player in the league. Reggie White reportedly did 50 once then basically just stopped because he didn’t want to show off.

  22. miamiron says: Feb 27, 2011 7:28 PM

    luckynumberlucas says: Feb 27, 2011 4:04 PM

    Wow.

    49 that is insane.

    I am able to do 10 or maybe 12
    ***********************************************
    It’s 225 lbs not 22.5 lbs

  23. scytherius says: Feb 27, 2011 7:40 PM

    I know I am just echoing what everyone is saying here but … damn.

  24. brewdogg says: Feb 27, 2011 7:47 PM

    It all depends on that knee…. Size and strength are necessary, but what separates NFL players from college players is feet. If that knee can’t hold up or slows him down, he will go down as a footnote in combine lore as Larson and Kudla did.

  25. bmue42 says: Feb 27, 2011 11:51 PM

    if the raiders had the number one overall pick, he would be it

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