PRO: The Titans signed free agent Nate Orchard to the practice squad during Week 15 of the 2020 season to add depth and experience at the outside linebacking position. The 6-foot-3-inch, 251-pounder has 46 games (13 starts) of NFL experience over six seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Football Team, and has also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins. The Salt Lake City, Utah native was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round (51st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft and has collected 85 tackles, six sacks, 11 tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over his career.
• Orchard was originally born in Los Angeles, Calif., but moved to Salt Lake City, Utah at age 11 to live with his 18-year-old brother who had two children of his own. At the time, Orchard played AAU basketball and was coached by Dave Orchard, and one day on the ride to practice, Orchard asked his coach if he could move in with his family. At the time, Orchard's only possessions were the clothes on his back and a basketball. The Orchards took him in as their own son, and in 2013 Orchard legally took the last name of his guardians, Dave and Katherine Orchard.
• Orchard married his high school sweetheart, Maegan Webber, in 2013 before his junior year at Utah. The couple named their daughter, Katherine, after Katherine Orchard.
• Orchard was born as Nap'a Lilo Fakahafua and is of Tongan descent. Collegiately, Orchard went by Nate Fakahafua for his first two seasons at Utah.
• He initially entered college weighing 190 pounds and expecting to play wide receiver. According to Orchard, Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham said, 'Hey, put on 60 pounds and you can go to the NFL, I promise you that.' By his sophomore season Orchard weighed 215. As a junior he weighed 225, and by his senior season at Utah, Orchard weighed in at 255 pounds.
• The Salt Lake City, Utah native was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round (51st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
• Waived by the Browns on Sept. 1, 2018.
• Signed by the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11, 2018.
• Waived by the Bills on Oct. 2, 2018.
• Signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 10, 2018.
• Waived by the Chiefs on Nov. 6, 2018.
• Signed by the Seattle Seahawks on April 4, 2019.
• Waived by the Seahawks on May 10, 2019.
• Signed by the Miami Dolphins on May 16, 2019.
• Waived by the Dolphins on Sept. 3, 2019.
• Signed by the Washington Football Team on Nov. 27, 2019.
• Waived by Washington on Sept. 5, 2020 and signed to the team's practice squad a day later.
• Signed by Washington to the team's active roster from the practice squad on Sept. 29, 2020.
• Waived by Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.
• Signed by the Titans to the team's practice squad on Dec. 19, 2020.
• During a four-year career at Utah (2011-14), Orchard appeared in all 50 games with 36 starts and totaled 186 tackles, 25.0 sacks, 38.5 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Finished his career tied for third in school history in sacks (25), tied for second in tackles for loss (38.5), tied for second in forced fumbles (8) and tied for fifth in fumble recoveries (5). Set the program's single-season sack record as a senior in 2014 with 18.5, which also ranked second nationally.
• As a senior (2014), started all 13 games and set a program single-season record with 18.5 sacks, which ranked second nationally. Finished second on the team with 84 tackles, and added 21.0 tackles for loss, a team-leading three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and three passes defensed. Named to 10 All-America teams, including first-team All-American honors by Walter Camp, FWAA, ESPN.com, Phil Steele, Scout.com and SB Nation. Earned second-team All-American recognition by AP, Sporting News, USA Today and FOXSports.com. Won the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top defensive end. Won the Morris Award, given to the Pac-12's best defensive lineman as voted on by the league's offensive linemen. Earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors. Was a finalist for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, and a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award.
• As a junior (2013), started all 12 games and tallied 50 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.
• As a sophomore (2012), saw action in 12 games and made 11 starts. Recorded 48 tackles, three sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries with one touchdown. Ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (8.5). Tied for ninth in the nation in fumble recoveries (3). Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 recognition.
• As a freshman (2011), played in all 13 games as a true freshman and notched four tackles and two passes defensed.
• Graduated from Utah in 2015 with a degree in economics.
• Attended Highland (Utah) High School where he was named the 2010 Utah 4A MVP as a senior at wide receiver after catching 58 passes for 1,351 yards and 17 touchdowns. Also made 62 tackles, 17.5 sacks and two interceptions on defense.
• Helped guide Highland to the 2010 4A state championship as a senior, and made 10 receptions for a state-record 200 yards and three touchdowns in the title game. Also added two sacks in the contest.
• Earned first team all-state recognition in 2010 and second team all-state honors in 2009, as well as first team all-region in 2009 and 2010.
• Lettered in football, basketball and track.
• Was a second team all-state and first team all-region selection in basketball as a junior.
• Has seven siblings.
• Married to Maegan and the couple has three children.
• Son of Dave and Katherine Orchard.
• Follow Orchard on Instagram and Twitter @nateorchard44.
• Born Nap'a Lilo Fakahafua on Jan. 5, 1993 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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