Ranking the Pac-10's top 25: No. 5

June, 29, 2010
Our countdown of the Pac-10's top 25 players continues.

No. 5. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

2009 numbers: The 6-foot-1, 311-pound senior recorded 43 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He also forced four fumbles and recovered another.

Most recent ranking: Paea was ranked seventh in our final Pac-10 top-30 list last year.

Making the case for Paea: The 2009 first-team All-Pac-10 defensive tackle and two-time team co-captain is perhaps the most powerful player in the nation. You've surely seen the video by now. It's likely that Paea will set a new bench press standard at the NFL combine next spring, after which he should cement his status as an early-round -- perhaps first-round -- draft pick. But Paea is not just strong. His 30-inch vertical jump and 4.37 shuttle run are defensive tackle records at Oregon State. He's an ex-rugby star who is still learning the nuances of football, but his explosive quickness combined with his power makes him almost unblockable one-on-one at the college level. His 19.5 career sacks rank third on the Beavers' career list. He's on the Lombardi, Outland and Nagurski watch lists. He's also made a number of preseason All-America lists: Phil Steele, Lindy's, Athlon and NationalChamps.net.

No. 6. James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State
No. 7. Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
No. 8. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
No. 9. Mike Mohamed, LB, California
No. 10. Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
No. 11. Mason Foster, LB, Washington
No. 12. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona
No. 13. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon
No. 14. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
No. 15. Cameron Jordan, DE, California
No. 16. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
No. 17. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
No. 18: Colin Baxter, C, Arizona
No. 19: Chase Beeler, C, Stanford
No. 20. Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State
No. 21. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
No. 22. Owen Marecic, LB/FB, Stanford
No. 23. Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC
No. 24: Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
No. 25 Kai Forbath, K, UCLA



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