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Eight Things You Need to Know About New Bear Stephen Paea



    Stephen Paea, the Bears second round draft pick, hopes to make an immediate impact on the Bears defensive line. He is also one of the reasons that draft analysts gave the Bears such high marks. If they couldn't get Gabe Carimi -- which they did -- the Bears were hoping to pick up Paea. Through a little bit of luck and a smart trade, they were able to get both men.

    So what do you need to know about this new Bear?

    -- He's strong. Really, really strong. Strong enough to own the combine bench press record, pushing a 225-lb. bar up 49 times.

    -- Though he made a name with his strength, his quickness off the snap is what made the Bears want him so much. He is quite skilled at running players down, and is comfortable playing in both tackle positions. He'll give defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli versatility in creating offensive schemes.

    -- Paea was the Pac-10 Defensive MVP, and owns the Oregon State record for forced fumbles. He also has a knack at making his opponents lose yardage, with six sacks and 10 tackles for a loss.

    -- Though he wore No. 54 for the Beavers, that number is occupied on the Bears roster. He will wear No. 92 for Chicago.

    -- Growing up in the Tonga, Paea didn't play football until he was a senior in high school. He played rugby, and dreamed of starring in rugby leagues in New Zealand.

    -- He is a twin. His brother Will is six minutes younger.

    -- Paea's hope was to become an NFL player so that his parents, who sacrificed to bring him to the United States, could retire.

    -- He is a Bear who you should follow on Twitter, as he seems quite responsive to fans.