Oklahoma’s Jordan Phillips is a large man. He fills a large frame nicely and uses it well to take up space and devour offensive linemen. When in a nose tackle position, his strength and natural ability will make him an asset for teams looking to clog running holes and eating up double teams from the middle of the line.
That’s not to say that Jordan Phillips doesn’t have room to improve. There are times when he seems to go too high and gets put off balance or pushed around, but technique like that can be worked with by a good coaching staff at the NFL level. He also needs to work on pass rush moves to get to the quarterback, as that wasn’t his strong suit in college.
Despite his flaws, Phillips will be a pretty hot commodity on draft day when teams are looking to fortify their defensive lines. He could man the middle in a 3-4 or play a contain role similar to the one that Pat Williams played as a part of the Williams Wall for the Minnesota Vikings. Because of his appeal to both systems, he could find himself taken as early as the end of the first round in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Nov 22, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (80) during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
- Height: 6’5″
- Weight: 329 pounds
- Arm Length: 34.75″
- Hand Size: 9.375″
- 40 Yard Dash: 5.17 seconds
- Bench Press: 28 reps
- Vertical Jump: 30″
- Broad Jump: 105″
- 3 Cone Drill: 7.88 seconds
- 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.68 seconds
Jordan Phillips is currently listed as the #40 overall prospect by CBS Sports and is their #6 defensive tackle available in the 2015 NFL Draft. He projects as an early second round draft pick.
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Fit For The Vikings
Minnesota already brought in Linval Joseph in free agency last offseason to plug the gaps, but could look for a rotational player or competition for the position.
As much as I enjoy the play of Jordan Phillips, he’s not a huge need for the Vikings at the moment. When you add in that the Vikings would need to spend a second round draft selection to get him, it becomes clear that Phillips will not be in the Vikings draft plans at the 2015 NFL Draft.
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