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Tennessee Titans showing interest in Nate Orchard

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A note from the Senior Bowl practices.

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The Tennessee Titans coached the North team in the Senior Bowl this weekend, and (surprisingly enough) won against the South team coached by the Jacksonville Jaguars. One of the standouts on the winning team was Nate Orchard, edge defender from Utah.

Nate Orchard had a great weak of practice showcasing his inside pass rush move that resulted in him getting 18.5 sacks this year, and proved that he could warrant a top-40 pick in this year's draft as a pure pass rusher. Orchard capped off the week winning the defensive MVP of the North roster after a good day on special teams and defense where he caused a lot of problems even though it didn't necessarily show up on the stat sheet.

This is all important to fans because not only is Nate Orchard a player that stood out after coaching by the Tennessee staff this week, but he is a player that fits a huge need for the Titans right now. And if there was any worry about him slipping under the radar with the coaching staff think again, by Orchard's own admission it is the Titans who are showing the most interest in the pass rusher. According to, Orchard said this about which team stood out to him the most:

"Probably the Titans. I've been working with them and their staff really well this week. I've had a good chance to connect with them.

There are some holes in Orchard's game, but grabbing him at the top of the second round is probably pretty good value. Orchard won't be an every down defender, but if the Titans need someone that can play mind games with offensive tackles and get pressure, he should be one of the top five or six guys on their list.