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Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "could be a dynamic pass rusher as a pro," said an NFC scout.

The scout prefaced that quote by labeling Orchard as "one of the most frustrating prospects to watch on tape." For an explanation on why that is, we kick it to the NFL.com draft team of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein: "The evaluator's frustration stems from Orchard being misused during the early part of the season when the Utes attempted to move him around to take advantage of his skills as a playmaker. Although he has emerged as the top sack producer in college football, the 6-4, 255-pound senior is at his best when positioned in a 'wide-nine' alignment and allowed to chase the passer off the edge. Orchard's ability to turn speed into power is rare. The scout pegged him as a likely Day 2 prospect (Rounds 2-3) in the draft."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 26 - 9:10 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Utah senior CB Eric Rowe accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

After spending three years as a standout starting free safety, Rowe shifted to CB over the summer to replace Keith McGill, a fourth-rounder of the Raiders. Because of his insane measurables, the move should help Rowe's ultimate draft position. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe has great size and elite speed, with a 4.39 forty.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 9:46 PM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson has been out of commission since late October, injuring his knee against USC. While he won't play for the rest of the regular season, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reported earlier this month that Anderson's knee injury "was not of the serious variety" and "quick recovery is expected." It seems he'll be healthy in time to participate in the post-season showcase circuit.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 5:57 PM

Utah junior RB Devontae Booker rushed 23 times for 142 yards in Saturday's 42-10 loss to Arizona.

Booker didn't score a touchdown in the contest. He was Utah's only real offensive weapon, as they had just 143 yards passing (with three interceptions) as a team. Booker's long in the game went for 61 yards. In the previous two games, Booker had caught 17 passes for 131 yards, but he was held to just four catches for eight yards by the Wildcats. So long as he's not fumbling, Booker's a dynamic back who creates space in both the running and passing game. An NFL scout compared him to Arian Foster in October.
Nov 22 - 8:38 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard's production "will give scouts hope that he can take over games at the next level."

Orchard leads the nation with 16.5 sacks. In the draft analyst's experience, "a faction of scouts in the NFL that believes sack production at the collegiate level translates into disruptive production in the pros." Brooks also added that the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder "exhibit[s] a non-stop motor and sneaky first-step quickness to overwhelm opponents off the edge" and that the quarterback-killer's numbers "will force scouts to take a long, hard look at his skills and determine whether he can make an impact as a 3-4 rush linebacker or nickel pass rusher at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 17 - 11:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Utah senior WR Dres Anderson's knee injury "was not of the serious variety" and "quick recovery is expected."

The Utah prospect was forced to miss the remainder of 2014 after he injured his knee in the fourth quarter of Utah's 24-21 win over USC. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson finished his career with 2,077 yards, putting him at fifth place in Utah Utes' history.
Nov 17 - 2:41 PM

Utah junior RB Devontae Booker rushed for 58 yards on 17 carries in Saturday's 20-17 overtime win against Stanford.

Booker only averaged 3.7 YPC in the game. Quarterback Travis Wilson did utilize him repeatedly in the passing game, as Booker caught nine passes for 41 yards. Booker is a beast of a receiver as far as running backs go. Against Oregon, he caught eight passes for 110 yards. Booker has abnormally soft hands for a running back and his ability to impact the game even when he doesn't have it going on the ground is going to be factored into draft decisions.
Nov 16 - 9:40 PM

The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monsoon reported that some coaches are displeased with Utah's decision not to extend the contracts of members of the Utah staff.

As of now, only three of Utah's assistant coaches have contracts that last past June 2015. Moonsoon specifically singles out assistant head coach Kalani Sitake as a coach who feels the lack of loyalty from the program. Sitake works with the defensive players and has been with Utah since 2005. Monsoon wrote, "Don’t be surprised if the highly regarded Sitake makes a lateral move as a defensive coordinator somewhere else."
Nov 12 - 8:08 PM

According to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, Utah junior RB Devontae Booker's tendency to fumble "hurt[s] his draft value."

Booker has rushed for 1,055 yards and eight touchdowns, but he's also fumbled five times over his last four games. He fumbled twice in Utah's game against Oregon on Saturday. "The poor ball security is a red flag in his scouting report," said Brugler. Turnovers aside, Brugler praised Booker's ability to catch the ball. Against Oregon, Booker had eight catches for 110 yards. Brugler noted that "he has soft hands and terrific focus to snare throws away from his body and create in the screen game."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 11 - 5:02 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that Utah junior OL Jeremiah Poutasi is an "intriguing prospect" that is "pretty raw," with "plenty of upside."

"Studied Utah OT Jeremiah Poutasi tonight…excellent size, length and foot quicks. Pretty raw but plenty of upside. Intriguing prospect," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Poutasi has experience at both the tackle and guard position for Utah. Moving forward, Poutasi will most likely viewed as a guard at the next level.
Nov 11 - 3:15 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compared Utah junior RB Devontae Booker to Tiki Barber.

Booker is "slithery between the tackles, finishes every run and great hands out of the backfield," according to Jeremiah. Comparisons rarely encapsulate an entire prospect, and in this case Barber's fumbling issues likely do not apply. Booker has rushed for 1055 yards and eight touchdowns on 201 carries this season, adding 211 yards and two touchdowns in the air.
Nov 11 - 9:35 AM

Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard has accepted a Senior Bowl invitation.

Orchard is a pivotal member of the Utes' productive pass rushing attack. He has recorded 13 sacks in a breakout campaign, chasing down plays form the backside and rushing form a variety of angles.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 10 - 2:43 PM

Utah junior RB Devontae Booker had 65 yards rushing and 110 yards receiving in Saturday's loss to Oregon.

Booker has the second-highest rushing total in the Pac-12 this season, thanks to a five-game stretch of reaching 100 yards on the ground coming into Saturday. While he wasn't able to reach that mark against Oregon, he hit it in the receiving game with his eight receptions for 110 yards. Booker has the speed to beat the secondary once he breaks into the second level and NFL.com's Bucky Brooks recently praised Booker's vision and balance.
Nov 9 - 6:18 PM

Utah junior RB Devontae Booker collected 146 rushing yards on 37 carries in Saturday's 19-16 overtime loss to Arizona State.

Booker also had a short touchdown reception. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound junior has exceeded 100-yards rushing in five straight games. Booker has burst onto the draft radar during this hot stretch. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last week that Booker "is a shifty runner on the perimeter with the speed to run away from defenders on the second level." An NFL scout speaking with Sports Illustrated last month compared Booker to Arian Foster.
Nov 2 - 6:53 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks notes that Utah junior RB Devontae Booker "is a shifty runner on the perimeter with the speed to run away from defenders on the second level."

"The 5-11, 203-pound junior has topped the 100-yard mark in four straight games, exhibiting outstanding vision, balance and body control on inside runs. Additionally, Booker is a shifty runner on the perimeter with the speed to run away from defenders on the second level," Brooks writes. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker recently rushed for 102 yards and a score on 26 carries in Saturday's 24-21 win against USC. Brooks notes that "the Utes' blue-collar offense leans on the hard-nosed running of Booker to move the chains," and this week "the Sun Devils must be prepared to deal with the toughness and physicality of the Utah ground attack."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 31 - 4:00 PM


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