Paea joined the Beavers in 2008 and became of one of a team captains in 2009. Known for his quickness, versatility and his speed, Paea offers additional depth along the defensive line.
Paea moved to the U.S. from Tonga six years ago at age 16. Unable at first to speak or understand English, Paea had a significant learning curve to conquer. He only played a year of football in high school and began his collegiate career at Snow Junior College in Utah.
"When I first came to the U.S. I felt that nobody gave me much of a chance," Paea said in a brief phone conference with the media shortly after hips selection. "I would have laughed if anybody told me I'd be a part of the NFL. Once I had success at Oregon State I thought maybe I'd be lucky enough to make it in the seventh round. But to be picked in the second, it's s blessing."
Paea was a consensus All-American in 2010 and feels the skills he learned at Oregon State will serve well during his tenure with the Bears.
"The Chicago Bears play the type of defense I am used to," Paea said. "I feel ready to roll."
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