The amazing tale that is the life of Browns' second-round pick Nate Orchard

The Cleveland Browns traded down to select linebacker Nate Orchard with the 51st overall pick.

He has quite a story.

Orchard's full name is Napaa Lilo Fakahafua Orchard. Until 2013, he was Nate Fakahafua.

His parents are from Tonga, and he was born in Inglewood, California. He never knew his father, and his mother, beset with financial ills, eventually sent him to live when he was 10 or 11 with his older brother Max in Salt Lake City. Max had two children and a third on the way when Nate moved in.

Three years later, Max had his own financial problems and moved in with his in-laws; Nate had to find a home. He felt going back to California was a dead end, so he asked his basketball coach if he could move in with his family. Dave and Katherine Orchard had taken in other kids. They initially hesitated, wondering if it was too much.

When Nate showed up at the house one day in need of a place to stay, they had him stay the night. That turned into the next eight years.

The first morning with the Orchards, Nate had to ask what Katherine had made when she gave him a toasted English muffin. The Orchards became his legal guardians when they realized Nate did not have medical coverage during a near-drowning incident in a rip tide on vacation at Newport Beach.

"They've been great to me, never gave up on me," Orchard said. "I ran away a lot as a kid, was stubborn and didn't want to be in the environment. It was such a culture shock, but I made it work."

One time he ran away for three weeks. He also fathered a daughter at age 15, whom he gave up for adoption (though he sees her often). Maturity and comfort came in time. In March 2013, he married his high school girlfriend, Maegen Webber, and took the Orchard name -- as a tribute.

"I knew that the Orchard family was true to me," he said.

Nate and Maegen had a daughter. They named her Katherine, after Katherine Orchard.

Orchard went to Utah as a receiver, then moved to defensive end where he played an end/linebacker hybrid. He seems like a natural athlete who can adjust. His tackle numbers went from 48 to 50 to 84, his tackles for a loss from 9.5 to 9 to to 21 and his sacks from 3 to 3.5 to 18.5.

That last number jumps out.

"It was a mindset," he said, "being married and having the stability and realizing that football is the way that I am going to feed my family and I have to take it more seriously and do my work and become the best player I know I can be, and I did just that."

Orchard mentioned "converting" to linebacker, which indicates he spent most of his time at end. At the NFL scouting combine, he said he dropped into coverage 10-to-15 times per game.

A YouTube highlight of Orchard's two sacks against Stanford shows him rushing from the stand-up position on the left side, and with both hands down on the right side. His quickness is evident in the second sack. Another highlight film of Orchard against Colorado State shows Orchard playing mainly with his hand down, and mainly rushing the passer.

Orchard will have to master the skills of dropping into coverage, and learn to play standing up.

The advantage he has is that he's switched positions successfully before, and the kind of switch he's making -- from down end to stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 -- is happening more and more often in the NFL.

The bigger advantage: This adjustment pales compared to the adjustments he's had to make throughout his life.