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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

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham signed a new four-year contract.

Less than one month ago, it appeared that Whittingham might be on his way out. His assistants were defecting without receiving promotions (DC Kalani Sitake and DL coach Ilaisa Tuiaki went to Oregon State and OC Dave Christensen took a lesser job on Texas A&M’s staff), and The Salt Lake Tribune reported "that the relationship between Whittingham and athletic director Chris Hill is severely fractured, perhaps irreparably." Apparently not. Whittingham will receive $2.6 million in 2015, and take home $100,000 raises in each year afterwards. "We appreciate the confidence and commitment the University of Utah has shown our program. We have a talented team returning for the 2015 season and we’re excited about the future of Utah football," said Whittingham. "The number one priority right now is finishing up another outstanding recruiting class."
Jan 17 - 1:54 PM

Utah junior RB Devontae Booker announced he will return to school in 2015.

"Over the break I had the decision of a lifetime to make about whether to go to the NFL or stay in school. I talked to my family, friends and coaches on the decision and I've decided to stay at the University of Utah for my senior season," Booker said in a statement. "I will earn my degree in sociology this spring and further my education in a minor in something else that interests me. I am excited to see what this season has ahead for the team and me, and this should be another great year for our program." The 5-foot-11, 210-pound former JUCO star rushed for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, and is also a skilled receiver out of the backfield. Booker has been compared to Arian Foster and Tiki Barber. "He runs just like (Foster), same number, not a lot of [expletive] when he scores," one scout said of the Utes runner. "He's good. It's weird how much he's like Arian Foster. Just wait until they give him the rock more."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 7:47 PM

Utah junior T Jeremiah Poutasi could get moved inside to guard in the pros, CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes.

Rang and his colleagues at NFLDraftScout.com previously ranked Poutasi No. 8 amongst 2016 OTs. "The 6-foot-5, 322 pounder started the past two seasons at left tackle for the Utes but began his career on the right side," the analyst wrote. "The ability to switch positions could be critical for Poutasi as he looks like a candidate to move inside to guard. Poutasi can overwhelm defenders with his sheer size but he struggled with Southern Cal's speed and will, of course, see a lot more of it in the NFL." NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote last month that Poutasi is an "intriguing prospect" that is "pretty raw" but has "plenty of upside."
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 11:22:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Utah coaches expect junior RB Devontae Booker to enter the draft.

"Those close to the program inform me coaches at Utah are confiding they expect running back Devontae Booker to enter the draft," Pauline tweeted. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker rushed for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. The Utes RB is also a skilled receiver out of the backfield, hauling in at least four balls in each of the past five games. Booker is a dynamic talent that is able to create space in both the running and passing game, and has been compared to the likes of Arian Foster and Tiki Barber.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 02:03:00 PM

Citing a source, draft insider Tony Pauline writes Utah junior T Jeremiah Poutasi is expected to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Poutasi earned praise earlier this season from NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah, saying he is an "intriguing prospect" that is "pretty raw," with "plenty of upside." Utah has already played their bowl game, so Poutasi has time to focus on the decision. Poutasi has experience at left and right tackle.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 08:54:00 AM

Most scouts see Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard as "a borderline "Day 2 prospect," according to NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

"Speaking to several NFL scouts throughout the season about Orchard's talent and potential, I heard a wide range of opinions about his ideal role at the next level and where he should be taken in the draft based on his talent, potential and production. Most scouts viewed him as a borderline "Day 2 prospect" (Rounds Two and Three) due to his non-stop motor and production, but his questionable size and athleticism prevent scouts from getting fired up about his NFL prospects," Brooks wrote. The Utes prospect finished the season with 18.5 sacks, and surpassed Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha for the FBS lead for now. Brooks adds 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
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 02:01:00 PM

In Saturday's game against Colorado State, Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "made his living on third down, alternately using speed to challenge [Ty Sambrailo's] range or countering back inside," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Orchard does not possess an electric first-step," Rang wrote. "By varying his rush, however, he leaves tackles off balance and forced to rely on their hands to grasp hold of his jersey. Orchard mitigates this with strong, active hands of his own, which he uses well slap away their reach and dance his way into the backfield." Orchard finished the much-anticipated matchup with one sack and a forced fumble. He finished the season with 18.5 sacks, at least for now hopping over Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha for the FBS lead.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:15:00 AM


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