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Paea's Personal Pro Day plus VIDEO
It began in the Sports Performance Center (SPC) — where media, athletes, family, and NFL scouts from all over hovered around Stephen Paea as he prepared for his first test of the day, the vertical jump. The former rugby player-turned-football star looked leaner and meaner than ever as he prepared to jump. His official vertical was 31 inches, not to shabby. Next up was the standing long jump. While Paea prepared for that, the scouts talked amongst themselves and sounded impressed by the 6-1 ½ Tongan. His best attempt and official long jump was 8 feet, a two-inch improvement from his first attempt. After the two tests in SPC, Paea and gang marched on over to Truax, where he would test for the 40 yard dash, cone drills, dummy drills, and anything else the scouts asked for. Paea took his time getting ready for his attempts at the 40. He ran it twice and recorded a personal best of 5.15 seconds. He smiled in-between testing and was looking pleased with his performance. Mobility wise, Paea said his knee feels 85-90 percent healed and that today was the first day he's actually run full speed since the surgery. The three-cone and L-cone drills followed the 40. Paea moved well through the cones but no specific times were reported. After the cones came the dummy drills. Paea ran through the dummies in several different positions, hitting them so hard they hit the ground nearly every time. After the scouts had seen enough, Paea took a few minutes to catch his breath and spoke to the media about how he felt today. He said he didn't jog until three weeks after surgery, that that today felt really good and he was pleased with his numbers. "I just gotta become a better me," Paea said. Paea also said that he lost five or six pounds before his personal pro day, which made it easier on his knees. He sounded poised and said he felt blessed, grateful to be given an opportunity to play among the best in the NFL. Also in attendance today supporting Paea were P Johnny Hekker, TE Joe Halahuni, Paea's 6-month old daughter, mother, agent, and OSU defensive line coach Joe Seumalo.
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