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Utah OLB Nate Orchard impressed by Pittsburgh Steelers OLB coach Joey Porter

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When Utah's OLB Nate Orchard visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, it wasn't the facility which impressed him, but more so OLB coach Joey Porter.

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When the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted Utah OLB Nate Orchard last week for a pre-draft visit, it is safe to say a college player entering a NFL facility could be in awe of a lot of things. The workout facility, indoor fields, 6 Lombardi trophies. For Orchard, what he took away most from the visit wasn't any of that, but getting to watch game film with outside linebackers coach Joey Porter topped his list.

In an online diary for USA Today, Orchard spoke of meeting with Porter more than meeting head coach Mike Tomlin or GM Kevin Colbert.

"It was a huge honor just to sit there and watch film with Coach Porter, and he was very interested in me. He loved me as a player and the things I was doing on the field and especially off the field."

It is hard to debate Orchard's numbers in 2014. He averaged 1.42 sacks per game and totaled 98 sacks in his college career. The Steelers could use a bit of that pass rush in 2015 as they have struggled to get to the quarterback the past two seasons.

With the sudden retirement of Jason Worilds and the unknown talent in Jarvis Jones, the 2015 Steelers' pass rush is very much in need of a spark. Orchard is projected to be drafted in the early rounds, but the Steelers could roll the dice and possibly try to pick Orchard in the second round, while looking at other positions - likely all on the defensive side of the football - with their first overall pick at the No. 22 spot.