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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




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




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.




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.



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.


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.






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)


Miami had to sweat through some anxious moments, but the Dolphins had one of the top 3 wide receiver in this draft fall to them, as Lousville WR DeVante Parker fell to the Dolphins at pick #14.


In Parker, the Dolphins get a 6'3, 209 lbs playmaker with very good hands and solid run after catch ability.  He also gives Miami that Big Body, Red Zone threat at the wide receiver position. 




DeVante Parker, WR
Height: 6-3 Weight: 209
Class: Sr Hometown: Louisville, KY
Prospect Rank: 12 Position Rank: 3




What he brings: He doesn't have elite quickness and struggles to separate from coverage on quick-hitting routes, but he's a legitimate vertical threat because he can create late separation with his good top-end speed, length, body control and leaping ability. He has good overall ball skills and was very productive at Louisville, particularly on deep routes.

How he fits: The Dolphins fill a need here and continue to add weapons, attempting to aid the development of QB Ryan Tannehill. Parker provides a wide catch radius and big-play target outside the hashes next to WRs Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills, who will likely line up in the slot.



Production 1 2011 (11/6): 18-291-16.2-6 2012 (13/3): 40-744-18.6-10 2013 (12/12): 55-885-16.1-12 2014 (7/7): 43-855-19.9-5
Height-Weight-Speed 2 Tall WR with a slightly linear frame. Solid thickness in lower body but can improve upper-body thickness and strength. Has very good straight-line speed for size. Long arms with average hand span.
Durability 4 In 2014, suffered left foot injury during summer practice that required surgery and kept him out of the first seven games. In 2013, missed Rutgers game with a shoulder injury. Left Citrus Bowl with ankle injury but later returned.
Intangibles 2 Son of Raneca Parker and former Louisville running back Anthony Shelman. Has improved preparation since arriving at Louisville. No off-field issues to our knowledge. Work ethic is good but not elite. Well-respected by teammates and coaches. Not an extrovert but gets along well with teammates. Can handle tough coaching. Education major.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal


Wide Receiver Specific Traits

Separation Skills 2 Lacks elite initial burst but does a solid job with hands and longer frame getting off press. Not the most sudden athlete, and struggles at times to gain separation on quick-hitting routes versus top-tier CBs (FSU's P.J. Williams, for example). But he is crisper getting in and out of breaks on intermediate routes. Establishes initial leverage, and then uses his long frame to create late separation. Shows savvy setting up defenders. Good hand-fighter who uses subtle push-off to separate at top of stem. Above-average locating and exploiting pockets versus zone. Consistently works back to the ball on scramble rules.
Ball Skills 2 Ball skills are good but not elite. Dropped just two passes on eight tapes studied (from both 2013 and 2014). Focus seemed to improve in 2014. Shows ability to make tough over-head catches. Mostly high-points the ball and attacks with hands. Occasionally will body catch, but usually when ball is behind him. Tracks deep ball well and shows consistent ability to adjust while tracking over shoulder. Good body control and regularly adjusts to balls thrown outside of frame. Occasionally will fight the ball thrown below waist.
Big play ability 2 Deceptively fast because of long strides. Top-end speed is a notch below elite. Legitimate vertical threat with length, body control and leaping ability. Does a great job at creating late separation on deep ball. Very quick to transition upfield after catch. Lacks elite initial burst and not overly elusive in space, but can make first defender miss with sharp cut. Also kills pursuit angles with long strides when he catches some daylight. Production matches tape, as he averaged 19.9 YPC in 2014 and 17.8 YPC for career.
2 More consistent effort and production in 2014. After missing first seven games with injury, he played with urgency in each of remaining six games as a senior. Plays with swagger. Tough and doesn't back down when challenged. Short-term memory. Doesn't let a drop snowball. Willing to work middle of field. Sufficient effort and gets in the way as a blocker. Capable of sustaining longer at times.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal




STRENGTHS: Excellent height/length body type with the frame to get stronger. Long-striding speed with natural lower body explosion to get vertical in a hurry. Shows multiple gears in his routes to set up defenders.

Quick-starter with the initial movements off the line of scrimmage to gain free release and stack corners, using field leverage to give him room to work down the sideline. Disguises routes well with a strong plant foot, selling his patterns with crisp footwork. Shows some shake in the open field with quick cuts to deceive after the catch and the vision to collect YAC.

Tracks the football and extends well to attack with a large wingspan and natural body control - usually reliable ballskills. Above average vertical with the leaping ability to hang in the air. Deceiving body strength and not a push-over, running tough and not allowing coverage defenders to slow him down in his routes. Tougher than he looks and not an easy ballcarrier to finish off. Confident competitor and won't shrink in crunch time. Frequent visitor to the end zone with a touchdown every 4.7 catches for the Cardinals.

Consistently productive in college and leaves Louisville ranked top-five in several categories, including career receiving yards (2,775) and career receiving touchdowns (33).

WEAKNESSES: Leaner-than-ideal frame and needs to add muscle and bulk. Good speed for the position, but can be caught from behind. Usually reliable hands and focus, but will allow the ball into his body at times and tends to have concentration lapses. Better with the ball away from his body where he can extend and attack.

Room to improve his footwork off the line to beat press and get into his routes. Needs to improve his coverage reads to better manipulate defenders instead of using the same moves each play. Will get himself in trouble extending his arms away from his body to push off - won't get away with that in the NFL. Willing blocker, but has room to improve in this area.

Durability concerns due to his lean frame and college injuries, including a left foot injury (Aug. 2014) that required surgery and sidelined him for the first seven games of his senior season, also missed one game as a junior due to a right shoulder injury (Oct. 2013).


--Dane Brugler

COMPARES TO: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals - Although he's not quite on the same level as Green, Parker is just a notch below with a similar athletic skill-set with the height and length to tower over defenders.





Parker missed the first seven games of his senior season with a foot injury, then caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns in the final six games and was a second-team All-ACC selection in a vote by the coaches. He tied the school record for career touchdown receptions with 33 and had 10 100-yard games in his career. He finished his junior season with 55 receptions for 885 yards and tied a school record with 12 touchdowns, while starting 12 games. Parker played in all 13 games during his sophomore season in 2012 and led the team with 744 yards receiving and 10 touchdown receptions. His 10 touchdown receptions were the most by a Cardinals player in a season since 1998 and he had a touchdown in six straight games to end the season. Was rated the 26th-best WR in the nation by scout.com at Ballard high school (Ky.), where he was a two-time all-state performer. His father, Anthony Shelman, played running back at Louisville (1991-1994).



Consistently plays with outstanding body control. Soft hands and elite concentration are his calling cards. Credited with just three drops since 2012. Comfortable with a man on his hip. Maintains focus on downfield throws despite hand fighting and bumps. Daunting catch radius. Produces explosive plays without top-end speed. Works his way back to the ball and gets open during scrambles. Consistently high-points his catches and is a snatch-and-secure receiver. Recognizes when to adjust depth of routes over the middle. Has an innate feel for the position. Proved he could come back from injury and regain his form. Maximizes his catch window through body control, extended hands and positioning.


Linear and lacking ideal play strength. Has to prove he can beat a more physical brand of press coverage. Very average suddenness out of breaks. Routes are inconsistent and sometimes lack sharpness. Noticeably slower after returning from a broken bone in his foot in 2014. Quick-twitch corners could be his kryptonite. He was not put on this earth to run block.

Draft Projection

Round 1

NFL Comparison

Hakeem Nicks

Bottom Line

Parker does his best work when the ball is in the air. He uses his height and wingspan to consistently snatch anything that comes his way. Parker isn't going to overpower cornerbacks and he will have more contested catches than most explosive wideouts. He has consistently posted eye-popping yards-per-catch numbers during his time at Louisville and showed of solid athleticism at the combine. Parker has the potential to be a legitimate lead receiver for a West Coast offense.






ESPN’s Mel Kiper:
“The board fell right for the Dolphins. Parker would give Ryan Tannehill no more excuses. This is a kid with a tremendous catch radius. Reminds me a lot of AJ Green. Can be an outstanding go-to option in the NFL. What I like about him is he will work hard, he will block. Respected team leader. He brings talent. Brings great character as well." (link)


ESPN’s Jon Gruden:
“When you do it for two different offensive coordinators, that tells me something. He’s a natural. He’s a quick study. He has finishing speed. You talk about the catch radius; can cut the flight time down by two feet. Against tight coverage, that always wins. He’s got to stay healthy. He’s got to get stronger. That’s his only weakness. He has not been durable.” (link)


NFL Network’s Mike Mayock:
“Big bodied receiver [6-3, 209 pounds]. The thing I loved about this kid this year is he had a broken foot and only played in six games [but still] caught 43 passes, averaged 20 yards per catch. He’s one of the best run-after-catch big receivers I’ve seen in college football. He’s a special young man.” (link)


NFL Network’s Michael Irvin:
“I love this pick. He can go up and get the football. That’s exactly what the Dolphins need. They need that big guy that can go up and get that football.” (link)


NFL Net’s Charles Davis:
Parker’s “catch radius is ridiculous. Anywhere it is, he’s going to get his hands on it. He’s long, he’s tall, he’s aggressive. They are doing everything they can to help Tannehill.” (link)


ESPN’s Louis Riddick:
“He’s a guy who snatches the ball out of the air aggressively. [But] some of those contested catches he’s been out-physicalled at the point of attack. Making big plays, he’s done it in various different ways. He’ll be that outside threat and help out Jarvis Landry.” (link)


CBS’ Pete Prisco:
"I think this is a great move by Miami. They had to get a go-to receiver for Ryan Tannehill, and this kid is exactly that.”
Grade: A (link)


ESPN's James Walker
"The Dolphins got the player they were targeting for quite some time. Wide receiver remained a major need heading into Thursday night, and Parker has many of the tools to eventually become a No. 1 threat in the passing game. Parker is tall, fast and physical after the catch. He fits in well with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's scheme, which focuses a lot on short and intermediate passes." (link)


NFL.COM's Bryan Fischer
"Parker was some folks' top wideout in the draft and might have been a consensus top player at the position if he weren't injured his final season. The Dolphins liked Parker throughout the draft process and got their guy without giving anything up. That's a win."
Grade: A (link)


Pro Football Focus Khaled Elsayed
"There was talk of Miami trading up to land Parker so they win the award for sticking to the script as they stood still and let their man come to them. After trading away Mike Wallace it was imperative the team went out and added weapons so as to not hinder the underrated development of Ryan Tannehill, and that they’ve done when you couple Parker with Greg Jennings, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron.

We’re about as high on Parker as anyone. He’s not Amari Cooper but he is a more finished product than Kevin White and it somewhat underrated himself because his base stats don’t jump out and smack you in the face. That’s because he missed time, and if you look at his production on a per snap basis he was as good as anyone in the Power-5. Indeed his 4.21 yards per route run were the best of any in this draft class in that regard.

Miami dumped a headache and picked up a head-turner who will go up and get the ball if it isn’t perfectly thrown." (link)



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