Bengals Draft Prospect: Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah


Nov 22, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes defensive end Nate Orchard (8) sacks Arizona Wildcats quarterback Jesse Scroggins (15) during the second half at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Arizona won 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

So far, we have focused on top-tier prospects out of college. The only problem, there are seven rounds to fill every need. The Bengals’ focus will need to be on pass-rushing for the first few picks and there could be an underrated and solid prospect sitting in the second round to fill a need that most of us can agree on.

Nate Orchard was one of those guys who can play almost every position you ask him to. Orchard came to college as a wide receiver, but has played defensive end, special teams, and linebacker. He is a big game playmaker according to Rob Rang of

His greatest asset is his speed. He can beat you on the corners and can disrupt plays. He registered 17.5 sacks for Utah this season and had 81 total tackles. He is only 255 pounds and listed as 6’4″.  He could be a good force to move around the defense to keep offensive lines on their toes. As a second round prospect, per CBS Sports, the Bengals could be in a perfect spot to pick him up.

Orchard has drawn comparisons to Eagles DE Vinny Curry, who was a similar second round draft pick in 2012.  Curry also has quickness off the ball and is disruptive in the backfield and forces fumbles. It is a trait that is much needed by the Bengals, so Orchard could be a solid, hardworking addition to Paul Guenther’s defense.

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