Nate Orchard: 2015 Cowboys Defensive End Prospect

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Nate Orchard led the nation in 2014 with 18.5 sacks for 118 yards and 21 tackles for loss for 123 yards. He amassed 84 tackles, forced 3 fumbles and despite being primarily and edge rusher, he defended 3 passes as well. Orchard also saw action as the stud linebacker.

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Cas started “The Guys No One Is Talking About” series years ago and it has become one of the trademarks of Your Daily Cowboys Football Fix. We pride ourselves in providing our readers with the best scouting reports on the net. This series has produced numereous players who have gone on to have illustrious NFL careers. This post will feature DE Nate Orchard.

Will all of the players we profile in this series go on to be starters in the NFL? Absolutely not. Some may not make final cuts, some may be special team players, some complimentary players and or backups. However, the goal is to not only find those sleepers that 32 NFL GM’s missed on, but get these guys some recognition. Some of the recent success stories include: Justin Houston, Vontaze Burfict, Henry Hynosky, Arian Foster, Wes Welker, Cole Beasley, Tyrone Crawford, Buster Skrine and Kyle Arrington to name a few. All of the players from this series went from the middle rounds to undrafted. With all of that being said, we believe in Tom Landry’s three year rule. So… before you knock one of these guys because they were not 1st year starters, exhibit a little bit of patience. Some guys need a few years to develop. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Our philosophy is: anyone can write about all of the big-name media hyped players, but where is the challenge in that? We want to find the next stars who were “The Guys No One Is Talking About.”

nate orchardNate Orchard, DE

Height|Weight: 6-4  256

College: Utah

Age: 22

40 time: 4.64

Round: 2-3

Grade: 82.5

Official Utes Team Bio:  All-America candidate is in his third year starting at left end … also sees time at stud linebacker in select packages … has played in all 49 games in the last three years with 35 starts … 24 career sacks is the fourth-most in school history while 37.5 career tackles for loss is the fourth most all-time at Utah … seven career forced fumbles is tied for third in school history while five career fumble recoveries is tied for fifth most … nine career pass breakups.
2014-Midseason All-American by CBS.com and Phil Steele … one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award (College Lineman of the Year) and one of 20 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year) … leads the nation in sacks per game (1.46) and is second in total sacks (17.5) … 17.5 sacks is a school record while 113 yards off sacks ranks second in a season at Utah and is one shy of the school record … tied for fifth in the nation in tackles for loss (20.0 for 118 yards) and TFL per game (1.7) while ranking third in the Pac-12 in both categories … 20.0 TFL is tied for third most in a season at Utah while his 118 yards of losses from tackles for loss ranks fourth … second on the team with 81 tackles (51 unassisted) … named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Week against UCLA when he tied the school sack record with four and had a career-high 11 tackles … 10 tackles with 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Stanford earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors … 10 tackles vs. Arizona State … four TFL (two sacks) with five total tackles at Oregon State … forced a fumble against Oregon … recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup and six tackles against Fresno State … seven tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup at Michigan. (Editors Note: the above bio was done before seasons end. He finished the season with 18.5 sacks and 21 TFLs.)

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Film Study:

  • Nate Orchard has good height and length, but lacks ideal girth… He doesn’t have an explosive first step like a young DeMarcus Ware, but what he does have is a high football IQ… Good instincts and a non stop motor… Understands his assignments… Relentless in pursuit… Takes good angles… Tenacious and always plays through the whistle… Uses his hands well and plays with good technique.. Nice club, rip and swim moves… Uses his quickness to beat his man to the edge… Excellent on stunts and twists… Despite his lack of weight, he is solid against the run… Breaks down, wraps up and will take on the ball carrier head on… Deceivingly strong at the point… Does a nice job of getting through traffic… Decent lateral agility and moves well along the line… Good vision/read react skills… Always around the ball… Versatile: can play with his hand on the ground, or standing up…

 

  • Nate Orchard, in my mind is a scheme restricted player… Tweener type… Could play OLB in a 3-4, but because of his lack of straight line speed, is better suited to play 4-3 DE in a system like the Tampa 2 that relies more on quickness and technique rather than size… Needs to improve his coverage skills… Needs to get stronger and add at least 10 pounds… If the blocker gets his hands on him he can be driven out of the way on run plays… Needs to protect his legs better… Needs to refine his technique…

Nate Orchard is what I refer to as a projection pick. He has the heart and motor to go far. I am a firm believer in the old Parcells proverb:

“we are not in the potential business, we are in the player acquisition business.”

Too many times scouts get so caught up with freakish athletic ability, they forget all about the most important traits:

  • Intelligence
  • Work Ethic
  • Coachability
  • Instincts
  • Character
  • Leadership

Nate Orchard may not have all of that freakish athletic ability, but he more than makes up for it by possessing all of the above characteristics. Personally, I feel as though he is a perfect fit for they type of defense Rod Marinelli runs in Dallas. When I look at Orchard, I see exactly what I saw in DeMarcus Lawrence last year.

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    And you beat me to it. I was seriously about to write up on him.

    • Al is usually on it, but there are plenty of other prospects. Feel free to do some reports Gabe.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I see that now.

    • Al

      Sorry bro

  • Nice job. I like the intro you did for the series. Let’s use that as a lead in for all of the players in the series. I texted Bryan earlier and told him u were working on Orchard. I watched a lil bit of his tape and liked what I saw.

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      Very smart player.

      • Al

        Indeed, very well spoken too. Natural leader.

    • Al

      Thanks Cas

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I like Bud Dupree and Preston Smith.

    • Al

      I will leave them alone if you want to do the write up

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        No go ahead, I have other guys. If you want to do them. I have a CB that I really like. But I have a FA article I want to put up possibly a little bit later.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        No go ahead, I have other guys. If you want to do them. I have a CB that I really like. But I have a FA article I want to put up possibly a little bit later.

    • Al

      At this point my list is so long I will never get to them all

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    This guy destroyed Andrus Peat every time they met, and Peat is supposed to be a top 15 pick. Not my evaluation of Peat just going off what most people are saying.

  • Lionone1

    I want Leonard Williams. That dudes a boss. Give him to Marinelli, please.