The last two days of the combine were all about Nate Orchard and Eric Rowe, and the final two Utes to take the stage at the combine really stood out.
First off, Orchard was put through the ringer and put up the following numbers:
40 yard dash: 4.8 seconds
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
Broad jump: 115 inches
3 cone drill: 7.28 seconds
20 yard shuffle: 4.43 seconds
60 yard shuffle: 12.06 seconds
Orchard had a nice day at the combine, and even after his monster senior season, scouts are skeptical. Here is the "Bottom Line" evaluation on Orchard from NFL.com.
BOTTOM LINE Teams will either be wary of
Orchard's single seasonof sack dominance or they will view it as an indicator of growth and potential stardom. Orchardwill be below average against the run, but his draft grade and paycheck will be tied to his athleticism and pass-rush talent. If he can develop counter moves, he has big potential. If not, he might be nothing more than a middling, situational pass rusher.
As for Eric Rowe, he had a great combine, and showed that he may be the first
40 yard dash: 4.45 seconds
Bench press: 19 reps
Vertical jump: 39 inches
Broad jump: 125 inches
3 cone drill: 6.70 seconds
20 yard shuffle: 3.97 seconds
60 yard shuffle: 11.48 seconds
Rowe, who the NFL guys listed as a safety, was rated as a top performer in his position. After the long line of Utah defensive backs to be drafted into the NFL, it looks like Rowe is the next in line.
Here is his "Bottom Line" evaluation from NFL.com:
BOTTOM LINE Rowe won't be for everyone. Scouts have concerns about his deep speed and he's not a guy who can match and mirror in coverage. However, Rowe will be a nice fit for defenses looking for a long defender with disruptive
No doubt, Rowe made some money from his performance. The question is if he'll do anything at Utah's Pro Day after his performance. As for Orchard, he'd probably be able to improve on some numbers