The NFL Season has come and gone as has the Combine and it is officially NFL Draft season. Over the next two or so months, we will attempt to provide and publish about 100 unique scouting reports on potential NFL Draft picks. The aim of these scouting reports is to provide a detailed breakdown of each player based off of extensive film study. You can check out our Scouting Reports Page to see all of the reports we have published. Jordan Phillips is an absolutely massive defensive tackle who has a surprisingly explosive first step. He is not much of a pass rusher but is requires two players to block him and reminds me a lot of former Steelers great Casey Hampton. Find out more about him by reading the rest of this scouting report.
Name: Jordan Phillips
Position: 3-4 Nose Tackle
Weight: 334 Pounds
College: University of Oklahoma
Class: Redshirt Junior
2015 Stats: 38 Tackles, 7 Tackles for Loss, 2 Sacks, 1 Fumble Recovery
Pros: Jordan Phillips most obvious strength is well, his strength. At 334 pounds, Phillips is a massive man with a ton of muscle and strength. Despite that size, he has a shockingly quick and explosive first step along with great overall quickness in general. He is a dominant force in the running game, requiring two blockers. He holds his gap tremendously well and when single teamed, he usually creates havoc. On pass plays, while not creating many sacks, he does a great job of bull rushing the center, collapsing the pocket and allowing the rest of the players to get sacks. He is an ideal fit in a 3-4 as a nose tackle, because he thrives when lining up over center and using his strength to close the pocket. He possesses an elite swim move and uses it effectively. Has massive upside due to his athleticism and size.
Cons: His biggest flaw is that he often stands up on the snap which renders him almost useless. He has inconsistent technique as well as inconsistent hand placement. He is also inconsistent in terms of closing the gap between himself and the offensive linemen. He is inexperienced and has battled injuries.
Our Take: I am very high on Phillips as it is rare to see a man at his size play with the type of quickness he has. He also has a highly developed set of pass rushing moves and if he can become more consistent in his technique, he will see rapid improvements in his play. As long as he can stay healthy, I believe that Phillips is in line to become an absolutely dominant nose tackle in the NFL.
Final Grade: 93 Out of 100
I am higher than most on Phillips, believing he is worthy of being a top 15 pick. His combination of size, strength, and quickness along with his awareness and pass rushing skill set make him a rare and unique combination for a team who plays a 3-4 defense. He is probably not ready to make a huge impact from day one but once he becomes more consistent with his technique, he will be an absolute terror for teams to handle.
Possible Draft Spots: Because of his lack of scheme diversity, I believe that Phillips might have a tough time finding a home in the first round, despite being an obvious first round talent. The first team I could see taking Phillips is the Saints at 13, although that is unlikely as nose tackle is not a huge need. After that, I could see the Texans taking him at 16 depending on the board as Ryan Pickett is an aging nose tackle who isn’t very good anymore and Jerrell Powe has not proven himself yet. After that, I could see the Lions taking him at 23 even though he isn’t a great fit in a 4-3. If the Lions lose Fairley, they will be desperate for another defensive tackle and Phillips and Ngata would be a dominant combo. To me, the most likely team to take Phillips is the Colts if he is available at 29. The Colts have a huge need at nose tackle as Josh Chapman is not very good and he would be good value there. The last team I could see taking Phillips in the first round is the Packers at 30 overall.