nate orchard

Browns reach deals with rookie LB Nate Orchard, TE Randall Telfer

The Cleveland Browns signed two of their 12 draft picks on Thursday, reaching deals with linebacker Nate Orchard and tight end Randall Telfer.

Orchard, taken in the second round with the No. 51 overall pick from Utah, had 18 ½ sacks as a senior last season. The Browns will use the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder as an outside pass rusher in their 3-4 scheme, replacing Jabaal Sheard, who signed with New England as a free agent.

The Browns selected the 6-4, 250-pound Telfer in the sixth round. The Southern California product caught 65 passes for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns in 48 games. He has been slowed by injuries the past few seasons and underwent foot surgery in February.

Cleveland opens its rookie mini-camp on Friday in Berea, Ohio.

WITH THE 51TH PICK IN THE 2015 NFL DRAFT, THE CLEVELAND BROWNS SELECT: NATE ORCHARD, DE

School: Utah | Conference: PAC-12
College Experience: Senior
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 252 lbs.

Quick first step with long strides to accelerate well, routinely the first Utah lineman off the ball. Natural bend around the edge with closing burst to finish with purpose. High effort player and doesn’t give up on plays, showing excellent pursuit from snap-to-snap. Subtle rush movements to set up moves, finding ways to get to the quarterback. Active and rangy for the position. Always alert with proper diagnose skills to read and react with timing and trust in what he sees. Good awareness vs. the run and tougher than he looks. Struggles to generate power at the point of attack and needs to better convert his speed into strength. Lacks the natural momentum to bull rush or put blockers on their heels. Needs to load more ammo into his hands to better punch at the contact point. Reads the run well, but lacks the consistent power to make stops. Average athletically with ordinary redirection skills and functional burst.