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Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard said he wants to remain at defensive end.

"I've had my hand on the ground for the last 10 years so that's where I'm most comfortable," he said. Orchard, who currently weighs 250 pounds, said he intends to keep adding bulk. The big question, as NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt noted recently, is whether Orchard has "the body build to support another 15 pounds without losing any quickness."
Feb 20 - 9:00 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt writes that he wants "to see if [Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard] has the body build to support another 15 pounds without losing any quickness."

"Will Orchard be able to play every week like he did against Stanford and top tackle prospect Andrus Peat last season, when he had 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble?" Brandt wrote. "Of course, we won't be able to answer that, but I will be looking to see if Orchard has the kind of get-off and speed to produce at the pro level. How quickly will he get across the bag during the bag drills? How quickly will he get across the line in the simulated pass-rush drills?" The breakout star recorded 84 tackles, 21.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks this past season after posting only three sacks in 2013. An NFC director of college scouting recently told NFL.com that Orchard doesn't show toughness on game film. "At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Orchard wins with quickness and effort over skill and counter moves," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 3:05 PM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson said he will run at Utah's pro day on March 26th, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson is currently recovering from an October meniscus tear that he sustained in the game against USC. Unfortunately for Anderson, the injury forced him to miss the rest of the season. Anderson is Utah's fifth all-time leading receiver with 2,077 career yards and has 17 career touchdown catches, which is tied for sixth all-time at Utah.
Feb 19 - 2:40 PM

Utah OL Jeremiah Poutasi is drawing the label of "Mike Iupati Jr." from evaluators, according to Tony Pauline.

Pauline opens by saying most teams are evaluating Poutasi at guard, and we would not put it past the NFL to be making this comparison based on physical appearance. Poutasi played left tackle and right tackle while at Utah.
Feb 16 - 1:58 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Utah senior WR Kaelin Clay was a surprise invite to the 2015 NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"Although best known for fumbling the ball before entering the end zone vs. Oregon, Clay has speed that could impress in Indianapolis," Brugler wrote. "His size and unpolished routes aren't ideal for the NFL, but standout times during speed drills could turn heads." Clay received his invite over more heralded prospects such as Deontay Greenberry (Houston), Austin Hill (Arizona), Levi Norwood (Baylor), Jordan Taylor (Rice), Evan Spencer (Ohio State), Jaxon Shipley (Texas), Devin Gardner (Michigan), and Matt Miller (Boise State). The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Clay is an electric returner.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 7 - 7:58 PM

Utah senior WR Kaelin Clay "stepped up when called upon after Utah's top receiver, Dres Anderson, suffered an injury last season," wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"Clay is not just quick -- he's fast, too, as he showed as a big-play return man in 2014," Davis wrote. "He's a hard-nosed player who's willing to make the tough catches." The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Clay is simply an electric returner, making four All-American teams as a punt returner in 2014: First team Sporting News, CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com, and Second Team Scout.com. Clay led the Pac-12 and ranked fourth in the nation in punt return average (15.0), and his three punt return scores tied for most in the nation and also tied the school record.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 11:55 PM

An NFC director of college scouting said Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard doesn't show toughness on game film.

Ouch. "When I'm on the road, I hear other scouts tell me they think he's tough enough, but his tape doesn't show it. He's a finesse player with a high ceiling as a pass rusher, but he could easily bust out," said the director of college scouting. The breakout star recorded 84 tackles, 21.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks this past season after posting only three sacks in 2013. "At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Orchard wins with quickness and effort over skill and counter moves," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "He also struggles against the run. Teams will be banking on his athleticism and huge upside, although he could wind up as a situational pass rusher."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 11:17 PM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "could get pushed into the draft's second day despite his stellar production and impressive week in Mobile," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The breakout star recorded 84 tackles, 21.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks this past season. "Orchard, who was recruited to Utah as a wide receiver, doesn't possess ideal bulk for the 4-3 defensive end role in which he's likely to play in the NFL," Brugler wrote. "He has relatively narrow shoulders and relies more on technique and awareness than an explosive speed or power. He has reasonable body control for a player of his size but is clearly more comfortable rushing than he is dropping into coverage." The analyst is bullish on Orchard's NFL prospects: "Don't be surprised when Orchard ultimately out-plays his draft pick and blossoms into a quality pass-rusher in the NFL." An NFL GM told NFL Media in December that Orchard was a Day 3 prospect despite his consistent 2014 dominance, while an NFC scout told the website in November that Orchard "could be a dynamic pass rusher as a pro."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 5:27 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "forced evaluators to take a second look" with his performance at the Senior Bowl.

The Utes prospect recorded 84 tackles in 2014, including 21.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks. "Despite a record-setting senior season at Utah, Orchard wasn't considered a first-round pick entering the week and was far from being a top-100 lock," Brugler wrote. "But he forced evaluators to take a second look after he routinely flashed during practices, winning with edge speed, long arms and active energy. Orchard has his limitations, but he also uses his bag of tricks to be effective, reinforcing that at times the end result is more important than the process." An NFL GM told NFL Media in December that Orchard was a Day 3 prospect despite his consistent 2014 dominance, while an NFC scout told the website in November that Orchard "could be a dynamic pass rusher as a pro." All involved parties agree that Orchard improved his stock at the Senior Bowl. "He showed well in all three areas you want to see from a 3-4 outside linebacker: He converted speed to power as a pa
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 7:27 PM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard improved his draft stock last week by proving he could transition to OLB, wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He showed well in all three areas you want to see from a 3-4 outside linebacker: He converted speed to power as a pass-rusher and was effective in getting pressure on the quarterback, he held up in pass coverage and was particularly effective at setting the edge in the running game and holding up at the point of attack," McShay wrote. The Utes prospect recorded 84 tackles in 2014, including 21.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks. An NFL GM told NFL Media in December that Orchard was a Day 3 prospect despite his consistent 2014 dominance, while an NFC scout told the website in November that Orchard "could be a dynamic pass rusher as a pro."
Jan 26 - 8:56 PM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and he showed good point-of-attack skills on the edge" during Senior Bowl practices, according to Scout's Inc.

"He also was able to convert speed to power as a pass-rusher, putting offensive tackles on their heels. While he isn't the best athlete, he showed he can hold up in space as a pass defender when asked to drop into coverage," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. The Utes prospect recorded 84 tackles including 21.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks in 2014. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote this week that Orchard "keeps making positive plays" at Senior Bowl practices. NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Orchard is "is viewed as a bit of a "one-year wonder" following his remarkable spike in production as a senior.
Jan 24 - 7:12 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis wrote that the "word is out that teams are intrigued" by Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard.

"Orchard entered the week looking to answer questions about whether he has the traits to play as an outside linebacker after playing with his hand in the ground at Utah," Davis wrote. "I think he proved he can make the transition to standing up. He can rush the passer and is stronger than you would think -- his bull rush surprised people. I saw him walk some offensive linemen back to the quarterback using his bull rush. One NFL executive asked me to please not tell anyone that his team really likes the former Utes star. His secret is safe, but word is out that teams are intrigued by Orchard." The Utes prospect recorded 84 tackles including 21.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks in 2014. NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Orchard is "is viewed as a bit of a "one-year wonder" following his remarkable spike in production as a senior.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 2:44 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "more than held his own against powerful tackles such as Rob Havenstein of Wisconsin and T.J. Clemmings of Pitt in run-blocking drills" at the Senior Bowl.

"Orchard generated a ton of buzz during his senior season, finishing with 18.5 sacks, including five games with two sacks or more," Zierlein wrote. "Orchard came to Utah as a wide receiver but quickly moved to the defensive side of the ball, and he has steadily grown into his 255-pound frame over the last few years. Orchard is going to face questions about whether he is physical enough against the run, but he more than held his own against powerful tackles such as Rob Havenstein of Wisconsin and T.J. Clemmings of Pitt in run-blocking drills, and he also flashed the pass-rushing ability that helped him produce so many sacks during the 2014 season." The Utes prospect also recorded 84 tackles and 21.5 tackles for loss during his breakout campaign. An NFL GM told NFL Media in December that Orchard was a Day 3 prospect despite his consistent 2014 dominance, while an NFC scout told the website in November that Orchard "could be a dynamic pass rusher as a pro."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 2:02 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "keeps making positive plays" at Senior Bowl practices.

"I'm not as high on Nate Orchard as others but it's impossible to ignore him this wk. Keeps making positive plays, including an INT just now," Brugler tweeted. The Utes prospect recorded 84 tackles including 21.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks in 2014. NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Orchard is "is viewed as a bit of a "one-year wonder" following his remarkable spike in production as a senior.
Jan 22 - 2:17 PM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "could cement his status as a Day 2 prospect with a solid showing at the Senior Bowl," wrote NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

"It's amazes me how Orchard has flown under the radar for most of the season despite leading the nation with 18 sacks," Brooks wrote. "However, the Ute standout could be the talk of the town by week's end if he continues to display a knack for getting to the quarterback off the edge. Orchard is a crafty pass rusher with a non-stop motor, but scouts remain uncertain about his best position (defensive end or outside linebacker) at the next level." An NFL GM told NFL Media in December that Orchard was a Day 3 prospect despite his consistent 2014 dominance, while an NFC scout told the website in November that Orchard "could be a dynamic pass rusher as a pro."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 10:54 PM


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