22. Indianapolis Colts (10-6): Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State. It seems as if we're talking about the Colts' need to improve at defensive tackle every year. 2011 is no different, and if the team has a shot to take Oregon State's Stephen Paea, they shouldn't hesitate for a second. Paea is incredibly strong - so much so that 3-4 teams are looking at him as a nose guard - and athletic enough for Indy's defensive system. This is a perfect fit.
Not sure how I feel about the Colts passing on Derek Sherrod, OT from Miss St., for a DT. The o-line is pretty clearly the weakest area of the team, and I cannot see Bill Polian walking out of the first round without someone to protect Peyton Manning. Even passing on guard Mike Pouncey from Florida for Paea seems a rough sell. But, Paea is not lunch meat, and his 6'1, 312 pound frame ideally suits Larry Coyer's Tampa-2. He could be the Trevor Pryce that Coyer needs in this defense.
From Dan Kadar at Mocking The Draft:
Pass rush: Paea possesses excellent strength to bull rush offensive linemen back into the pocket. Has a good initial burst off the line. Is mostly a straight forward rusher and his only move is power. For such a strong player, you'd expect Paea to have a good rip move. You have to wonder some about his length and how it will hinder his pass rush in the NFL.
Run defend: Paea might not be the widest of bodies, but he is a rock in the middle of Oregon State's defense. He anchors especially well because of his lower body strength. He's hard to move off the line and routinely requires double teams. As a senior, Paea faced a lot of triple teams in the run game. Although he can anchor just fine, Paea's best spot in the pros might be a three-technique in a 4-3 scheme.
The Colts surrendered an average of 125 yards rushing a game. Included in that average was the 170 rushing yards they gave up to the Jets in the 17-16 playoff loss. Even though Bill Polian thinks highly of Fili Moala, the reality is he did not play particularly well in 2010.
Adding someone like Paea could help plug Indy's well-documented porous run defense.