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Jordan Phillips | Defensive Tackle

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 334

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Dolphins selected Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2015 draft.
Phillips (6'5/329) made 17 starts in three seasons at OU, tallying nine career TFLs and 3.5 sacks. He missed most of 2013 due to back surgery, but rebounded in 2014 to earn second-team All-Big 12 from the conference's coaches. He showed excellent athleticism for his size in Indy, running 5.17 with a 30-inch vertical. A truly massive human, Phillips has 34 3/4-inch arms and has drawn Dontari Poe comparisons as an inconsistent "wow" player on film who disappeared for stretches but sporadically made high-impact plays. Phillips has a dominant ceiling as a five-technique/nose-tackle prospect. May 1 - 8:46 PM

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Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips "looks like a nose tackle without much pass-rush ability, which makes me wonder why people are mentioning him for the first round," opines ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

Gruden took issue with the Sooners crediting Phillips with 39 tackles (the former coach documented 19). Gruden wasn't sure what to make of Phillips' tape, which might feature a strong effort one play and then a disappearance the rest of the series. "Does he want to be great? That is the key," Gruden said. "Do you really feel from this kid on this play or when you talk to him, do you really feel like he wants to split that double-team more than anything in life right now? I had questions about that after looking at the tape."
Apr 29 - 5:03 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips is "just a guy" and said he "[didn't] know what people see in him."

Another scout agreed. "He's tough enough, I just don't think he's that good," he said. "I've never seen him dominate the way he should. That bothers me." Of course, Phillips is a controversial prospect, and the NJSL also spoke with evaluators who loved him. "He's good," one said. "He's big, strong, he crashes the pocket. We're very high on him." Said another: "He had that back (injury), but he showed quickness for a guy his size. The physical talent is there; he just needs to learn how to get off blocks better and stuff like that."
Apr 26 - 2:11 PM

Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips' "effort level was very up and down this season, but there are only so many guys his size who can move the way he does," observes ESPN's Todd McShay.

This is more or less the common refrain when discussing Phillips: He has dominant talent, but the effort level of someone who could wash out of the league. "He has tremendous athleticism for 6-5, 329 pounds," McShay wrote. "Like [Danny] Shelton, he is a pure nose tackle." Phillips figures to go late in Round 1 or early in Round 2.
Apr 16 - 8:21 PM

Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips "is a force to be reckoned with" when healthy, notes Nick O'Malley of Mass Live.

"He moved well at the nose, given his mammoth frame," O'Malley wrote. "When Phillips is on, teams were forced to double team him, and were punished when they didn't." Of course, the analyst noticed what others have before him, that Phillips has "a tendency to vanish on film." The scribe believes Phillips could appeal to the Patriots as a long-term replacement for Vince Wilfork. In that scenario, Phillips probably would spend a year learning behind short-term starters Alan Branch and Sealver Siliga. The Patriots pick No. 32.
Mar 19 - 7:26 PM

Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips visited the Lions on Tuesday.

"I’m very versatile," Phillips told "It’s just really whatever the team sees fit for me. I can do anything." Some view Phillips as a first-round prospect and that he fits the idea of "planet theory," prospects of hat some with movement skills come along so irregularly that they are worth investing in. He flashes, but we have concerns about Phillips sustaining success.
Mar 18 - 11:42 AM

Oklahoma NT Jordan Phillips "is a very huge roll of the dice," according to's Frank Cooney.

"He can be a very bad man on the football field, and define that any way you want," Cooney wrote. "This enormous athlete can show great strength, quick feet, violent hands and the ability to drop low and use up two blockers almost with ease. But just as often, Phillips gave little or no effort in college." Phillips had mediocre production last season, turning in 39 tackles, seven for a loss and two sacks. Back surgery limited him to four games in 2013. Cooney believes he should have returned to school: "Phillips needed at least one of his two remaining college seasons to gain maturity. Classic boom or bust prospect who will be drafted on projection, not production."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 16 - 2:28 AM

Oklahoma NT Jordan Phillips' "motor runs hot and cold, and his effort chasing the passer in particular is disappointing at times, but the 6-5, 329-pound Phillips could still go in the second half of the first round," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He has the upper body strength and length to lock out and manhandle blockers one-on-one," Muench wrote. "Plus, he has flashed the ability to collapse the pocket and make it difficult for quarterbacks to step up when he keeps his pads down and fires off the ball. Even though he doesn't play with great pad level -- thanks in part to his higher center of gravity -- and he needs to improve his technique taking on double-teams, he has the tools to develop into an effective two-gapper." The analyst went on to write that Phillips could also play 4-3 nose tackle. Muench thinks Phillips will intrigue the Lions, but wonders if "they may not want to draft another player with work ethic concerns coming out of college like the inconsistent [Nick] Fairley had coming out of Auburn in 2011."
Mar 15 - 7:27 PM

An NFL scout expressed concerns over Oklahoma NT Jordan Phillips' back, propensity to stand up, and ability to shed blocks.

"He has a bad back," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He has quickness and he can run, but he plays so damn high and he cannot get off a block. It could be back-related. If that's not an issue, he has something that you can't coach, and that's physical talent. I think he's tough enough. He's just not a good player. He does not dominate. He's not effective. That bothers me. Character-wise, everything's positive about him." Phillips (6-foot-5 1/2, 329 pounds, 83 1/8-inch wingspan) posted a good 5.17 forty with a 30-inch vertical jump at the combine. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said he "will probably go in the first round," and's Lance Zierlein compares Phillips to Terrance Knighton.
Mar 2 - 8:33 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Oklahoma NT Jordan Phillips "will probably go in the first round."

"He's powerful and controls the point" of attack, Mayock said. "When he's not fatigued, he's dominant sideline to sideline." Phillips (6-foot-5 1/2, 329 pounds, 83 1/8-inch wingspan) posted a good 5.17 forty with a 30-inch vertical jump.'s Lance Zierlein compares Phillips to Terrance Knighton.
Feb 24 - 1:09 AM

klahoma NT Jordan Phillips made his debut at No. 41 on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.

"He has an enormous frame and very nimble feet. Against the run, he uses his length and base to stack single blocks, and he anchors down versus angle blocks and double teams," Jeremiah wrote. "He does hang on blocks too much instead of freeing himself to make plays. He flashes a quick arm over to split double teams and penetrate. He struggles to transition from run to pass. He gets stuck and hangs right at the line of scrimmage. For such a massive man, he doesn't generate much pocket push with his bull rush. He comes out in a lot of passing situations and this scheme doesn't let him attack very often. Overall, I think Phillips doesn't make a lot of plays, but he has tremendous upside because of his size/strength/quickness. He needs some time to develop."'s Lance Zierlein compares Phillips to Terrance Knighton. The 6-foot-6, 324-pounder has the ability to collapse pockets and get into the backfield consistently, but his motor vacillates and his health is a qu
Feb 18 - 5:18 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that Oklahoma NT Jordan Phillips is "just a freak in terms of his combination of size and athleticism."

"He can do a standing backflip at 6-5, 334 pounds," McShay wrote. "His effort is very up and down, and teams are going to have to get to the bottom of his passion for the game in his interviews, and he also dealt with a back injury previously which could scare off some NFL decision-makers -- which is why it's very important that he meets the expectations teams are going to have for him as an athlete. He might not put up the same numbers that Dontari Poe did during his combine -- 44 bench reps and a 4.98 40-yard dash at 6-3, 346, which is just ridiculous -- but he has a chance to be in the same ballpark. Phillips isn't quite as strong, but he might beat Poe with some of his times." NFL Network's Mike Mayock is looking forward to seeing how this "dancing bear" looks in the first 10 yards of the 40. We can't wait to see his 3-cone, short shuttle, and vertical and broad jumps.
Feb 18 - 2:37 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Oklahoma NT Jordan Phillips will probably be selected in the first-round.

Obviously Mayock fits in that Phillips is "a dancing bear," but notes the defensive lineman dealt with back surgery two years ago and only started 16 games in college. Mayock is looking forward to seeing how Phillips looks in the first 10 yards of the 40. Rather than the 40, be sure to note the 3-cone, short shuttle, vertical and broad jump in relation for density when reviewing defensive line Combine performances.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 16 - 10:49 AM

An AFC North scout says there's "no reason to move [Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips] from the nose."

"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," the scout said. "If he gets that motor going, he could be a dominant pro."'s Lance Zierlein compares Phillips to Terrance Knighton. "At 6-foot-6, 334 pounds, Phillips has a massive frame and long arms, but also has the athleticism and nimble feet of a much lighter player," wrote Zierlein. "Some scouts consider him a flash player who can dominate but then disappear for stretches. If he can play with a more consistent motor, he has Pro Bowl potential as a run-stuffer, especially in a 3-4 defense. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks currently rates Phillips as the draft's fifth-best defensive tackle prospect."
Feb 4 - 9:34 PM's Lance Zierlein compares Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips to Terrance Knighton.

Zierlein also places Phillips as a top 15 prospect at this point in the process. "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," Zierlein writes. The analyst spoke with one AFC North scout who commented on if Phillips sustains a good motor, his ceiling is a dominant pro.
Feb 3 - 10:16 AM