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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.
Dec 26 - 2:03 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.
Dec 26 - 8:54 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
Dec 22 - 2:01 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
Dec 21 - 12:15 AM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard recorded a sack in Saturday's 45-10 blowout win versus Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

In so doing, Orchard took over the national lead with 18.5 sacks. "The one-on-one battle between Orchard and Colorado State offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo had the feel of a heavyweight battle early on, but it was the Utes' star who got the better of the matchup and won on all cards in a unanimous decision," noted NFL.com's Bryan Fischer. "Orchard... was able to disrupt the Rams' offense on just about every play, no matter where he lined up." An NFL GM recently told NFL Media that Orchard is a Day 3 prospect despite the end's consistent 2014 dominance. "While the senior didn't stand up in an outside linebacker's stance, he did display active hands, dropped into coverage to break up a pass and was able to effectively play the run to limit a high-powered offense," Fischer wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 20 - 9:57 PM

Utah junior RB Devontae Booker rushed 26 times for 162 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-10 victory over Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Booker now faces a big NFL Draft decision, and many believe he'll end up opting for the pros. It would be hard to blame him. Despite not taking over the running back gig full time until late September, Booker rushed for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He is also a skilled receiver who caught at least four balls in each of the past five games. 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, and NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares Booker to Tiki Barber.
Dec 20 - 9:36 PM

Utah junior QB Travis Wilson passed for 158 yards and a touchdown and ran for 91 yards and three scores in Saturday's 45-10 win over Colorado State.

The 91 rushing yards were a season-high for Wilson. After getting benched for a few games in October, Wilson turned his season around and ended it quite hot. The 6-foot-7, 233-pound Wilson will lead a Utes squad that returns most of its starters in 2015 and will be looked at as a darkhorse Pac-12 contender.
Dec 20 - 9:20 PM

NFL Media reporter Albert Breer reports that an NFL GM believes that Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard is likely a day three selection.

"He may go late Friday night (third round) if a 3-4 team approves, but he's more likely to (be drafted) sometime Saturday (Rounds 4-7)," the GM told NFL Media's Albert Breer. "Better production than traits that project to the NFL." The Utes prospect has recorded 17.5 sacks on the year and brought home the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end in the college.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 19 - 3:41 PM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard "is a savvy pass-rusher, alternating his burst off the snap and using his hands well to slap away attempts by would-be blockers to latch on," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"There is some question as to his true explosiveness and therefore Orchard currently ranks lower on NFLDraftScout.com's board (No. 34 overall) than [Stanford OT Andrus] Peat, despite the fact that Utah's defensive end registered three sacks in their showdown November 15," Rang wrote. Orchard won the Pac-12's defensive Morris Trophy, voted on by players. An NFC scout told NFL.com last month that Orchard "could be a dynamic pass rusher as a pro."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 9:49 PM

Utah freshman DT Lowell Lotulelei is already drawing praise from Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Lotulelei, Star's younger brother, "wrecked shop against Oregon," Weidl tweeted. "Powerful dude with quick hands. Bright future." Lotulelei frequently matched up against senior Hroniss Grasu and apparently won that matchup with power. There are multiple years left in Lotulelei's college playing days, so stash this name away.
Dec 3 - 10:29 AM

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


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