Height: 6' 3", Weight: 250 lbs
Strengths: Nate was a major reason that Utah played as well as they did last season. He set a school record last season with 18.5 sacks. Four of them came in one game against UCLA. He also led the nation in QB knockdowns, with 28 of them. He has quick feet and a great inside move. Orchard ran a 4.80 second 40 yard dash with a 2.77 second time to 20 yards. Orchard possesses great coordination and uses it to beat tackles with a stutter step and explosive inside moves. He is also skilled enough to play standing up or with his hands on the ground. He has good hip movement and can play in space.
Weaknesses: Orchard needs to improve against the rush. He has not been the alpha dog on the defense. He doesn't like to engage FB's and RB's blocking him. After his explosive initial moves, he is not as quick as expected. He has short strides. Nate also needs to improve on the edge. He tends to round the corner instead of turning it. Nate has only had one season of really good production.
Bottom Line: Nate Orchard can make the jump to the next level. How far he goes in the NFL will depend on the coaching he receives. He will be drafted for his pass rush abilities.
Projected Round: 2
Team He Fits Best On: Bears, Titans, Falcons, Ravens