With the 2015 NFL Draft now almost a month away, the Detroit Lions have begun to host more prospects to help them hone in on their draft picks. One player who could fit the mold perfectly is Oklahoma Sooners’ defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. A massive man, Phillips is more than capable of plugging the hole the team has along the defensive line. He’ll fly under the radar when compared to the other bigger names, but Phillips’ across-the-board game still does plenty of talking.
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40-Yd Dash: 5.17 seconds
20-Yd Shuttle: 3.01 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 7.88 seconds
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 8’9″
225-lb Bench Press: 28 repetitions
Traits and Projected Round
Phillips has a thick body which is perfect for clogging the middle of the line. He’s as quick as he is powerful, and can explode into the backfield early to confuse quarterbacks and running backs alike. At times he doesn’t elevate to break up passes or become as active as he should in the air at a key position on the line. He might also have a lingering concern about his back being he underwent surgery in 2013 to help repair issues he had fought for some time. Despite this, Phillips is also young, raw and has time to grow more, being he is a redshirt sophomore. That makes him a very intriguing athlete.
Don’t expect Phillips to last until the middle of the second round. He’ll likely be a late first round pick at worst, at latest going in the early stages of the second round.
Why the Detroit Lions Could Draft Jordan Phillips
As has been previously written, the Lions certainly don’t shy away from drafting players with whom they have met. Phillips was hosted by the team on March 17, and could certainly be a consideration at defensive tackle in the first round. His massive body. and could be a seamless run plugger to put into the lineup along with Tyrunn Walker and Haloti Ngata. Considering his young age, in a rotational role, Phillips could be devastating early in his career and then grow into an elite full-time starter through the years. Arguably, Phillips could turn out to be the best defensive tackle of this loaded class given the fact that whoever gets him will be able to shape his game.
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