|Stephen Paea DT Oregon State|
|Elite strength. Knows how to use his short build to leverage his way into the backfield. Built like a bowling ball – extremely difficult to knock backwards. Explosive off the snap. Above average athleticism for an interior lineman. A hard hitter; consistently forces fumbles. A leader on the field; team captain.|
|Never quite lived up to his potential. A player with his size, strength and athleticism should have been more dominant at the college level. Limited experienced; played one year in high school, one year of JUCO ball before spending three years at Oregon State.|
|Paea (pronounced pie-uh) was born in New Zealand and didn’t learn english until moving to the United States while he was in high school. Physically, he looks like a 1st-round pick but his production was inconsistent. It could simply be that he is still learning the game of football – since he has only been playing since his senior year of high school. Or it could mean that he’s simply an underachiever. He’s worth a risk in the 2nd round and may end up being a steal, but he’s definitely a boom-or-bust prospect.|
DeMarcus Love – OT – Arkansas
Love is emerging as one of the top offensive lineman in this year’s draft class and he’ll have his toughest test of the season on Saturday. He’ll likely be lined up against Marcel Dareus for most of the day. I’m very interested to see how often he’s able to handle Dareus in a one-on-one matchup – or if Arkansas immediately double teams Dareus.
Marcell Dareus – DE/DT – Alabama
This is also a huge game for Dareus, who gets a chance to prove himself against one of the nation’s top tackles. He likely will face double teams throughout most of the game. How he handles those matchups will determine if teams take him seriously as a 3-4 defensive end prospect.
Ryan Mallett – QB – Arkansas
Sticking with the same game, Mallett also has a lot to prove. There’s no denying Mallett’s skills – he has all the physical attributes of an NFL quarterback. But does he have the accuracy and the composure in the pocket necessary to play the NFL game? This will be his best chance in college to prove himself against an elite defense.
Rahim Moore – S- UCLA
The Bruins face Texas, which has struggled on offense this year, and Moore could be a difference maker in this game. If he can force Garrett Gilbert into some mistakes – perhaps pick off a pass himself – the Bruins could hang in this ball game.
Stephen Paea – DT – Oregon State
Paea doesn’t have a particularly difficult assignment, but he does have the eyes of the nation on him as his Beavers take on Boise State. If he’s able to get into the backfield and disrupt Boise’s high-powered offense, scouts will take notice. I believe he has the talent to be a top-10 pick and this is a chance for him to prove he’s worthy of that ranking.