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Bears Trade Up to Land Paea



    The Bears made a bold trade to get their coveted defensive tackle in the second round of the draft on Friday night.

    Chicago traded their second and fourth-round picks with the Washington Redskins to move up to draft Stephen Paea, a touted defensive tackle from Oregon State.

    Paea is a strong, fast tackle who can fill the hole created by the departure of Tommie Harris. He turned heads at the combine by breaking the bench-press record, lifting a 255-lb. barbell 49 times.

    He had 14 sacks in three years as a starter for the Beavers and forced nine fumbles.

    The Bears two biggest needs coming into the draft were their lines. With Paea and first-round pick Gabe Carimi, the Bears have made huge strides to address those needs and give the team what they need to improve.

    Paea would not have been around for the Bears at their planned 62nd pick. Moving up to 53rd was a smart move to get a player who can make an instant impact, and worth the fourth-round pick that they gave up.

    The one wrinkle in the trade is that the fourth-round pick is what the Bears were willing to give up in Thursday night's flubbed trade with the Ravens. Baltimore still wants that pick, but it's now been surrendered to the Redskins.