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Nate Orchard- Linebacker- Utah
Size: 6’4 255lbs
2012 Stats: 48 tackles 3 sacks 9.5 tackles for loss
2013 Stats: 49 tackles 3.5 sacks 8.5 tackles for loss
2014 Stats: 85 tackles 18.5 sacks 21 tackles for loss

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Strengths:

  • High motor
  • Good use of hands- can fight off blocks
  • Quickness off edge- good speed rush
  • Improved run defender
  • Good against top competition- Andrus Peat, Ty Sambrailo at the Senior Bowl

Analysis: Nate Orchard came on as a draft prospect in 2014, as he compiled 18.5 sacks good for second best in all of college football.  While Orchard is undersized, he has a relentless pursuit of the ball and never gives up on a play.  At the Senior Bowl, Nate answered a lot of questions when he was at times un-blockable, even by the most heralded lineman (Peat, Sambrailo).  Orchard has shown he can fight off blocks by his powerful hands when he pass rushes off the edge.  Questions will be there for Orchard, and we won’t find out until he steps on the field on Sundays.

Need to Improve:

  • Lacks ideal NFL size
  • Athleticism
  • Where does he fit? 4-3 or 3-4?
  • One year wonder?

Analysis: Orchard weighing 255 pounds, will need to put on some weight and muscle in order to take punishment from NFL lineman.  Although he has a good speed rush, Orchard lacks other pass rush moves–something he will need to learn in order to be a consistent rusher.  The biggest question scouts have, is where will Orchard play at the next level? He is a better pass rusher with his hand in the ground, but will he be stout in the run game like he showed in college? If not, his value to NFL teams would be based as a pass rush specialist.  With proper coaching I like Orchard’s chance to be successful at the next level.

Round Prediction: 3

NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin

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