Nate Orchard is dealing with some of the same questions that all smallish defensive end prospects endure before the NFL draft: Can he play linebacker? Can he fit a certain scheme? Can he handle pass coverage?
"With Tampa, they had me do a lot of D-line drills -- seeing how I turned my hips, how I bend. With the Texans, we did strictly defensive back drills," Orchard said. "The coach said he had seen me rush the passer enough and wanted to see me dropping back, how I move in space, how I turn my hips and run, breaking on the ball, see if I have soft hands. You never know, they might move me to safety after that. I did pretty good."
"I love Nate Orchard and what he did this week," Jeremiah said. "The question of his size wasn't an issue at all. You saw his ability to get off blocks and get off the ball."