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The Miami Dolphins traded down 5 spots with Philadelphia from 47 to 52, and acquired the 145 and 156 picks in the 5th round and selected DT Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma.  Jordan was a borderline 1st round pick, so getting this talented prospect in the 2nd round is nice value.  The 6'5, 329 lbs Phillips blends size and athleticism, quickness and surprising straight line speed and power.  He anchors effectively due to his size and power.  Is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.

 

 

 
 

 

Jordan Phillips | DT, Oklahoma
Height: 6-5 Weight: 329
Class: So Hometown: Towanda, KS
Prospect Rank: 47 Position Rank: 5

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **

 

What he brings: He is a massive, wide-bodied nose tackle prospect with excellent strength and elite mobility for his size. There are only so many human beings his size who can move like he does. But he was completely unreliable at Oklahoma in terms of his on-field effort, particularly on passing plays.

 

Overall Football Traits

Production 3 2011: Redshirted 2012 (11/0): 12-0-02013 (4/4): 7-2-1.52014 (13/13): 38-7-2
Height-Weight-Speed 1 Keeping weight in check will always be a concern. But excellent height, massive frame and elite mobility for size.
Durability 4 In 2013, suffered season-ending back injury after playing just four games.
Intangibles 3 Son of Kody and Shelley Kinder.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

 

Defensive Tackle Specific Traits

Versus the Run 2 Massive, wide-body NT. Has size and upper-body strength to control blocks. Also flashes violent hands to disengage quickly once he's located ball. Has excellent range for size. But pad level and technique are frequently poor and effort is marginal. Frequently finishes on the ground. Will drop to a knee or turn pads often when faced with double team. Seems disinterested in anchoring at times and would rather play on the move.
Pass Rush Skills 4 Inconsistent effort as a pass-rusher. When he fires out of stance, stays low, and gets hands inside, he shows the ability to quickly collapse the pocket. Also flashes surprising redirect skills and short-area closing burst for size. But only provides complete effort on a handful of plays per game. Takes a lot of plays off once he recognizes pass. Will hang out at line of scrimmage and give half-hearted effort for a pass breakup.
Quickness (hands/ feet) 3 Has quick hands and feet for size, but inconsistent with effort, so quickness does not show up on tape as much as it should. Flashes violent hands and ability to disengage in a hurry. But frequently fails leans into offensive linemen and gets lazy with hand placement and usage.
Toughness /Motor 4 Completely unreliable. Can't trust him. Effort is up-and-down.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

 

 
NFL DRAFT SCOUT

NFL DRAFT SCOUT DRAFT ANALYSIS **

STRENGTHS: Naturally large man with good overall weight distribution. Tall, broad shouldered, long-limbed player with a thick lower half. Surprisingly athletic for a player of his size, exhibiting good initial quickness, lateral agility and impressive straight-line speed. Occasionally explodes off the ball and can ruin plays before they have a chance to work.

Possesses quick hands to slap away the attempts at opponents to latch on and control him and uses an effective swim move to slip free. Alert to the quarterback and shows good effort to gets his hands into passing lanes. Powerful. Can knock centers back onto their heels with his initial surge and shows good upper-body strength to lock out and shed. Anchors effectively due to his size and strength and shows good effort in pursuit in the tackle box.

Appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential.

 

WEAKNESSES: Not yet the sum of his parts. Too often stands up at the snap, negating his own power and while very quick for a man of his size, too rarely makes plays at the point of attack, as ballcarriers are often able to avoid him.

Inconsistent hand usage. Too often latches onto blockers and reacts to what he sees, rather than penetrating. Despite his length, has just two passes broken up in 27 career games.

Underwent back surgery in October of 2013 in an attempt to correct issues that had bothered him for a few years. As head coach Bob Stoops said at the time of Phillips' surgery, the procedure wasn't due to "one specific injury." Has only one full season of starting experience at the collegiate level.

COMPARES TO: Dontari Poe, Kansas City Chiefs: Because of their similar build and eye-popping athleticism, Poe is the easy comparison for Phillips. While Poe has emerged as one of the NFL's most intimidating nose guards, many others with similar talents have struggled with consistency in the NFL.

Phillips could just as easily wind up the second coming of Marcus Stroud or Albert Haynesworth, who lacked the requisite work ethic to take full advantage of their talents. Given Phillips' history of back issues, former first rounders turned early NFL retirees Marcus Tubbs (Seattle) and Justin Harrell (Green Bay) could unfortunately prove valid comparisons, as well.

--Rob Rang

 

Player Overview

Skill position stars may get the headlines, but football remains a big man's game and they don't get much bigger than the Sooners' Phillips.

The massive defensive tackle was a five-star recruit and turned down offers from virtually every other program in the country to sign with Oklahoma. After redshirting his first year on campus and recording 12 tackles in 11 games as a reserve in 2012, Phillips won a starting role as a redshirt sophomore.

Unfortunately, a back injury ended Phillips' 2013 season after just four games. Phillips recorded seven tackles, including two for loss and 1.5 sacks during that time.

Phillips started all 12 games for Oklahoma in 2014, recording 32 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks, earning a spot on the coaches' Second Team All-Big-12 squad. Despite the fact that he has the equivalent of just one NFL regular season of starts under his belt, Phillips elected to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2015 draft.

Phillips' blend of size and athleticism is certainly intriguing and teams operating out of traditional three- and four-man fronts, alike, will be interested. He commands double teams in the middle and makes the occasional splashy play, demonstrating surprising quickness for a man of his size. He comes with obvious red-flags, however, not the least of which is his relative inexperience and the back injury which ruined his 2013 campaign.

 

NFL.COM ANALYSIS **

Overview

Has started just 17 games since arriving at Oklahoma in 2011. In 2014, selected second-team All-Big 12, starting in all 13 games. Had 7 tackles against Clemson in Russell Athletic Bowl. Started in four games in 2013 before having season-ending back surgery. Played in 11 games in 2012, but did not start at any point and finished with 12 tackles. Was a redshirt in 2011. Selected Under Armour All-American and was the nation's No. 1-rated overall prospect as a senior at Towanda High School (Kan.). Took snaps on both sides of the ball in high school. Recorded 17 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns while adding two rushing touchdowns during his time in high school.

Analysis

Strengths

Massive frame with long arms. Athletic lower body for a man his size. Read-and-react two-gap nose with ability to eat space and free linebackers. Uses length effectively and was able to split double teams as season wore on. Swim move for quick wins and trips into backfield when Sooners let him penetrate. Athletic with nimble feet and pursuit speed of a man much lighter. Should be able to carry additional muscle and girth.

Weaknesses

Scouts consider him a flash player who can dominate a game but will disappear during stretches. Needs to play with better knee bend and lower pad level. Loses some leverage and becomes top-heavy wrestler at times. Not effective as pass rusher. Stalls out early and settles for looking to bat down passes. Doesn't crank up a consistent bull rush. Consistency of motor could be improved.

Draft Projection

Round 1 or 2

Sources Tell Us

"He has the body type and length to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 front, but there is no reason to move him from the nose. If he gets that motor going, he could be a dominant pro." -- AFC North scout

NFL Comparison

Terrance Knighton

Bottom Line

Nose tackle with desired height, weight and speed. Flashes talent necessary to project a ceiling as a dominant run stuffer best suited for a 3-4 defense. Phillips' ability to eat up blocks should help him earn a high grade, but it's his potential as a big athlete with above-average range for the position that could turn him into a Pro Bowl nose.

 

 

 

 

"EXPERT" OPINION

ESPN’s Mel Kiper:
“You look at him; He is huge, a mountainous defensive tackle, 6-5, 330 pounds, incredibly long arms. He’s a space eater who can penetrate at times, work through a double team. Wore down late in games, second half of games. Up and down effort. Needs to increase his stamina, his endurance.

"Production was so-so. He was highly regarded coming out of high school. He had that back injury, back surgery in 2013. That was a concern through the draft process, along with the fact while he’s athletic for his size, he has to get in better shape, has to be better in the second half of games.” (link)

ESPN’s Todd McShay:
“You don’t see guys that have this ability. God only makes a few of these guys. He’s one of biggest, most athletic defensive linemen I’ve ever evaluated on tape. He can do back flips standing up at the size. But too high coming out of his stance. Doesn’t fight through the double team at times. He’s content just doing his job sometimes, which is fine.

"But when you’re talking about a top 55 player overall in the draft, you’ve got to do more. My hope for Jordan Phillips is, with all this natural ability, is he gets pushed and Suh will teach him how to be a great worker in order to get the most out of him. I’m telling you right now, Phillips is one of the 10, 12 most naturally gifted individuals in this entire draft class.” (link)

NFL Network’sMike Mayock:
“Only started 16 games in college but he’s a dancing bear. Has first-round ability all over him. He controls the run game. He reminds me of Terrance Knighton. People question his football character, which is why he is being selected in the second round and not the first.” (link)

CBS Sportsline's Pete Prisco:
"This is a power player who will fit in nicely on their line next to Ndamukong Suh. I think he will be a better NFL player than he showed in college."
Grade: A. (link)

ESPN's James Walker:
"The Dolphins entered Day 2 of the draft with several important needs. Miami has holes at linebacker, guard and safety. Strangely, the Dolphins drafted a defensive tackle in the second round. Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is staunch in drafting the best available player on his team's board, and that must have been the case with Phillips. A big defensive tackle certainly wasn't a need, especially after the Dolphins spent $114 million in free agency on Ndamukong Suh. Phillips will provide depth behind Suh and starter Earl Mitchell, but the Dolphins could have addressed another position with a better chance to provide an immediate impact." (link)

Ian Wharton:
"Jordan Phillips is a project. One year of play and he's very young. He eats blocks really well. Suh will be a good influence. Decent pick.

Phillips isn't sexy, but Miami just admitted how much they missed Paul Soliai last year. I like it, but don't absolutely love it." (link)

 

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