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Utah football: Nate Orchard's chances with the Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns knew exactly what they were doing when they selected Nate Orchard in the second round of the 2015 draft. Last season, another former Ute Paul Kruger led the Browns with 11 sacks, but the rest of the team brought down the quarterback only 20 times. No doubt they will look for Orchard to come in and help Kruger out. He ended up in a great place where he will have the opportunity to learn behind his fellow Ute.

Orchard showed the ability at Utah to play both defensive end spots, as well as linebacker. With the Browns he will more than likely end up at linebacker. The players, along with Kruger, Karlos Dansby, Barkevious Mingo, and Chris Kirksey will likely be the starters. Dansby's been in the league for 12 seasons, but the other three aren't quite as experienced, but have two to five years under their belts. Keith Pough and Scott Solomon are a couple of the backup players Orchard will have to compete with for playing time.

Like many rookies, Orchard will most likely have an opportunity to prove himself on special teams. He also may see the field in certain situations at linebacker. He could also have a chance to play defensive end, due to the fact that 2014 starter Jabaal Sheard has moved to New England, and they may need more depth at that position.

It obviously helped Orchard when teams like Cleveland heard how well he played against Andrus Peat of Stanford, who was drafted by the Saints with the 13th pick in the first round. Also, fellow draftees Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley and Garrett Grayson, who were all drafted, were also sacked by Nate Orchard. If he makes the most of his opportunities, he'll have a great chance to succeed in Cleveland.